'Jane the Virgin' star Jaime Camil previews Rogelio's breakthrough therapy session

Kelly Woo
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
Jaime Camil as Rogelio and Andrea Navedo as Xo. (Photo: Michael Desmond/The CW)

Jane the Virgin‘s Rogelio de la Vega is all about “me, myself, and I,” but what happens when the self-absorbed telenovela star truly has to plumb the depths of his inner psyche in therapy?

It’s a #RogelioRealization.

When the CW dramedy returns Friday with all-new episodes, fans will see how Rogelio (Jaime Camil) and his bride, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo), tackle the marital discord that arose after he admitted to suspecting she was pregnant with Jane all those years ago. He reluctantly agreed to go to couples’ counseling but, as Camil told Yahoo Entertainment, “Rogelio thinks he doesn’t need therapy.”

Camil called him out a clip he posted to Instagram, in which Ro laughed in Xo’s face when she suggested counseling.

“He tells her, ‘Yeah, sure, I don’t believe it; it’s a lot of garbage. But if you want me to go and help work out your issues, I’d be happy to do that,” he says. “But of course, if you’re a fan of Jane and you know where [creator] Jennie Urman takes the storylines, you know it’s — cut to Rogelio sobbing and opening up and ‘Oh, because my mother …’ It’s going to be funny.”

In fact, he takes to therapy as if he could get an award from it (or a retweet from Charo).

“Rogelio feels so good about opening up that he starts to open up with everybody — [even] the guy bagging his groceries. ‘Hey, how are you?’ ‘Oh, my mother…,’” Camil says with a laugh. “And it’s like, ‘Dude, please stop — we don’t care.’”

Even though there are plenty of laughs to be had with Rogelio in therapy, Camil says there’s more to the storyline than comedy.

“Honestly, I’m very lucky, because Jennie Urman and her amazing writers write such a well-balanced character. Yes, he can make you laugh, but he can also make you feel, like when he has these heartfelt moments with Xiomara or Jane,” he says. “That’s the beauty of a character who is meant to be the comic relief. If it’s only superficial — if it’s a guy throwing pies at people’s faces and he only does that — he’s kind of boring. Yes, it’s leaning toward the comedic side, but [the writers] don’t forget about the heart.”

Jane the Virgin airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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