Jane the Virgin postmortem: Yael Grobglas on Petra's big day
All about that dress (and those bombs!)
WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from Monday’s episode of Jane the Virgin. Read at your own risk!
Did anyone really expect a preggers Petra to actually get married? That’s exactly what happened on “Chapter 27” of Jane the Virgin, which featured Petra (Yael Grobglas) and her ex-boyfriend Milos (Max Bird-Ridnell) tying the knot in an elaborate Czech ceremony at the Marbella. As far as TV weddings go, Petra’s was pretty epic, with loads of flowers, a fluffy red-and- white gown, and a guest performance by none other than Ms. Britney Spears. Unfortunately, Petra doesn’t seem headed for a happily ever after, with the big reveal that Milos has masterminded an elaborate scheme that involves thousands of hand grenades. (Yikes.) What kind of effect will this have on Petra’s future? Will she stay mum in order to stick to Milos’ plan? And now that she’s a Mrs., is she really over Rafael? Here, actress Yael Grobglas answers a few of our burning questions, and shares her theories on the action ahead this season.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your wedding dress was probably one of the most impressive gowns we’ve see in a TV wedding this year. Was it custom-made?
YAEL GROBGLAS: That was one of my favorite scenes in the show, ever. I saw an early image of the dress, since there was a sketch of it attached to the script. When I saw it, I totally freaked out. It’s incredible, and somehow they managed to make it perfect. It was heavy — once in a while I had to have people hold me up. And just sitting down in my cast chair was complicated. But so much thought was put into every detail since it was inspired by a real traditional Czech wedding dress. I had endless fittings for it, and it came out beautiful.
What was it like to have Britney Spears on set?
I walked into set to meet her since I didn’t have a scene with her, and the truth is, I geeked out. I have to remind myself that I’m on TV now and need to pretend to be cool. I was like “It’s Britney Spears, I can’t believe this is happening!” She was the most chill, professional, cool person and a really good actress. She’s amazing.
Do you think Petra and Milos will make it to the one-year mark, as per their agreement?
I have no idea. Nobody tells me anything. Obviously Petra isn’t thrilled about it. Milos used to be her Prince Charming and was her first love. That was the man she was going to marry, and then she discovered all these sides to him. Him throwing acid at her mother? You don’t get over that kind of stuff lightly. And him blackmailing her into marriage isn’t great. I don’t think their relationship can be repaired, but I hope it brings more drama to the show.
What’s the deal with Milos and those hand grenades?
I don’t want to give anything away! All I can say is that its definitely going to be a very stressful time for Petra and it’s going to bring on a lot of drama. It’ll be funny, interesting, and complicated.
Does Petra getting married means that she’s really over Rafael?
I think so. I think she had a lightbulb moment in “Chapter 26” when Rafael was really frank with her about his feelings. After that, she starts to realize that she can do better and she doesn’t have to be the girl that goes after someone else’s love interest. She’s made the decision to see what her life would be like without chasing him. I don’t know if it will last but that’s where she is.
The scene where Nadine was seen holding a gun to Michael’s head was a total surprise. What’s your take?
The plot thickens! I can’t tell you what happens but it’s quite interesting. Those are two brilliant actors that will take you in a fascinating direction.
Does it involve Sin Rostro?
It may. Or it might not!
Magda is serving her prison sentence – and she doesn’t seem too happy about it. Will Petra engineer a breakout in order to set her mother free?
Well, I feel Petra won’t let her stay behind bars too long. Think about it, Petra doesn’t have many friends — or any friends for that matter. I’m sure she misses her and doesn’t want her to stay in jail too long. We’ll see.
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Can we expect to see Petra rocking a baby bump any time soon? And are you going to be reusing Gina Rodriguez’s bump from last season?
I have my own bump! I like it. It’s oddly comforting. You can eat a large lunch, and I don’t have to fit into Petra’s tight dresses. I’m really enjoying it.
Is Petra having a girl or boy?
I don’t know. I’ve been wondering that myself. I think either one would be interesting.
Yours isn’t the only wedding this season. With Jane turning Michael down, does that mean she and Rafael are heading down the aisle?
I really have no idea. That’s the thing. I think we’re all trying to figure out who she’s going to end up with.
How would Petra feel if the two of them were to end up together?
I think it depends on where she is. If she’s in love with someone else, she’d be okay with it. If she’s alone with no friends, it’d probably hurt. But I think she has a lot of respect for Jane at this point.
Will Petra continue to be the show’s villain, or will she soften a bit as she enters motherhood?
You’ll get to see more glimpses of her past, and I think part of that means you’ll see some more of her soft side. That doesn’t mean she’ll lose her edge, though. But Petra’s not a girl that’s mean for the sake of it. I think that’s part of what makes her such an interesting villain. She deals with circumstances that are dealt to her in a fascinating way, and though she makes certain decisions that I wouldn’t, I have lot of respect for her for being such a fighter.
Speaking of seeing more of Petra’s past, you’ve been speaking Czech in the show’s flashback scenes. What’s that been like?
It’s hard work. I listen to YouTube videos to get the rhythm of the language, and then we have someone on set to help, who also sends a recording in advance so I can practice at home. My great success is that I’ve gotten tweets from fans in the Czech Republic saying that they actually understand what I’m saying. “It sounds good!” No one else on set speaks Czech, so getting that approval from the fans is amazing.
Your character has so much going on: There’s the marriage, her involvement in a potential scam, pregnancy. What’s your favorite part of playing Petra right now?
I love that you’re getting to see a lot of comedy from her lately. That’s one of my favorite things to do, and I love that you get to see so many levels of comedy and drama from her, thanks to the writing of the show. That’s just, the best thing ever for an actor. When I sat down with [show creator] Jennie Snyder Urman before filming this season, she said that Petra wouldn’t be your standard villain. She’s always going to have many, many layers, and you’ll never really get to decide if you love or hate her, because she always keeps it moving. This is my first time playing a villain, and I think that complexity is what makes her so much fun. She can get into a lot of mischief.
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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