Thanksgiving dinner has long been digested and Black Friday bills have arrived in the mail, which means that Christmas is just around the corner — and so is Jane the Virgin’s midseason finale. With emotions running at an all-time high — it’s Mateo’s first Christmas, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) are starting their romance over from square one, Rogelio totally broke, and both Petra facing the problem of a dead body on her hands — things are likely to get pretty crazy pretty quickly. EW caught up with Xo — a.k.a. cast member Andrea Navedo — who spilled juicy details about the episode ahead.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There’s a lot at stake for next week’s show. What can you tell us about what happens?
ANDREA NAVEDO: It’s a Christmas episode, so there’s a lot about family. For me, that’s the best part of the show – that endearing relationship between the Villanueva women. That family dynamic is wonderful. But of course, things go wrong. [Laughs] There’s a scene where Jane tells Santa off. She gets into a fight with Santa Clause.
Christmas is going to be a blast with baby Mateo in the mix. What kind of Christmas traditions will we see take place in this episode?
We have one related to the ornament we put Christmas tree. You know how everyone has their special ornaments, something that holds a lot of memory, meaning and history that they put on top of the tree? The Villanueva women have something that embodies all of those things that’s tied in with that Christmas tree tradition. It has to do with Alba’s husband, Mateo Sr.
By the looks of the trailer for the episode, it looks like Jane and Rafael aren’t exactly experiencing holiday cheer.
Well, the Christmas tradition I just mentioned rekindles something between Jane and Michael.
Does it have anything to do with Rafael paying someone to rat on Michael?
It definitely has something to do with that. You know, there’s some shady business going on and Jane is not having it.
How does Xo feel about that?
Mom’s stance is that she’ll support whatever Jane wants. Of course, I’m Team Michael, so I don’t mind when Michael does something so amazing that it makes Jane want to be with him.
Speaking of relationships, where does Xo stand with Rogelio — is he really a different man now that he’s living paycheck to paycheck?
He’s still the same, egocentric guy. But he’s trying to get ahead on his own laurels, and Xo is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow, helping him to not overspend.
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Word is he hires an intern in the midseason finale — why in the world does he need an intern?
It’s an unpaid intern, who helps him find his next passion project. That’s what the intern ends up doing.
Does this unpaid intern happen to be a hot girl in high heels?
No. it’s a guy. [Laughs] In real life, he happens to be a good friend of Gina’s. That’s not why he got the role, he deserved it. You’ll see why he was cast, but he happens to be a good friend.
Speaking of Gina, what do you think is the scene that may have cemented her standing as a Golden Globes Best Actress nominee?
It’s hard to say because in every scene I’m ever in with her, I’m in awe. Sometimes I’ll be opposite her and I’ll see her doing her thing, and I’ll go “Oh my God.” Like her take on whatever the moment is, is always amazing. I can’t think of anything specific, but she’s always great. I’m really excited for her, and I sent her a tweet congratulating her.
Fans are thrilled about Gina’s nomination, but there’s also been some chatter about the fact the show should have been nominated. What do you think?
Of course, I feel the show should have been nominated. We work really, really hard. It’s a great ensemble. All the moving parts are really important. But I think Gina getting the nomination is a win for the show to begin with. It’s a beautiful thing. There’s so much TV content and only so many shows they [the HFPA] can pick. The fact we were nominated last year was great, it was a fairy tale come true. I feel like we got nominated again this year, but through Gina.
Check out a sneak peek of Jane the Virgin‘s midseason finale below.
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.