We’re taking the liberty to explore the moment when ‘Jane the Virgin’ outgrew its original premise, the status of Jane’s virginity.
If you’ve ever watched Colton Underwood’s season of ‘The Bachelor’, you’ll realise that for some reason, an individual’s virginity status is believed to be a character-defining trait. Now, unlike ‘The Bachelor’, there is one American telenovela that has not only thrashed that connotation but also presented it with nuanced storytelling. Of course, it’s The CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’. The show stars Gina Rodriguez (Jane), Justin Baldoni (Raphael), Yael Grobglas (Petra), and Jaime Camil (Rogelio). Other actors included are Andrea Navedo (Xiomara), Brett Dier (Michael), and Ivonne Coll (Alba).
- Summarizing ‘Jane The Virgin’
- Jane does, however, lose her virtue in this episode
- Jane’s relationships and intimacy in ‘Jane The Virgin’
It has all the telenovela twists to keep you hooked, and leads to more character development than you could imagine. Jane’s resilience, her chemistry with Raphael, the love story between her parents, there are so many plots tied into just one show! One of the biggest doubts surrounding the series ever since its premiere has remained the one that questions Jane’s virginity. Keep reading as we go over the core of the story, the time Jane finally loses her virtue and more!
Summarizing ‘Jane The Virgin’
‘Jane The Virgin‘ has lifted stereotypes about its protagonist’s choice to maintain chastity until marriage, from the onset of the series. The telenovela adaptation first aired back in 2014 and introduced Jane Villanueva, a 24-year-old virgin. As a 13-year-old teenager, Jane had made a promise to her very Catholic Abuelita, that she would wait to have sex until marriage.
Jane keeps her promise, for a long time, but before she can even think of breaking her promise, the unthinkable happens. On a visit to the gynaecologist, Jane is accidentally, artificially inseminated with the sperm of a man she doesn’t know. Now here’s the problem: Jane has a boyfriend, and she’s been inseminated with the sperm of her boss Raphael, who owns the hotel she works at.
Jane could consider terminating the pregnancy, but this is Raphael, a cancer survivor’s only chance at having a biological child. The story kicks things off at a real high and manages to maintain that through the end. Jane’s charisma is impossible to miss, in fact, the series (all 6 seasons) has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
Jane does, however, lose her virtue in this episode
It took three seasons, but it happened! The event was intensely built up through the series, for Jane’s character as well as the show’s story. Surprisingly, ‘Jane The Virgin’ didn’t really make a big deal about Jane losing her V-card.
It was a milestone moment for Jane who had been waiting for a long time, but the show was casual about it. In the third episode of season 3, Jane and Michael found a moment in the bedroom and did the deed. Jane and Michael looked at each other lovingly, but that’s all we got to see.
The series chose not to depict the actual moment, but shifted focus to an animated scene instead, implying that Jane wasn’t a virgin anymore. It wasn’t everything Jane expected to be, and the show played it realistically. She worries about Michael and her not being compatible enough but her worries eventually fade when they make another attempt. Some fans were disappointed as the series downplayed the moment, but there was a reason for it.
Jane’s relationships and intimacy in ‘Jane the Virgin’
The will-she or won’t-she angle finally came to an end when Jane and Michael got together in season 3. With time, Jane becomes comfortable with her sexuality and the intimacy that comes with relationships.
Jane is only intimate with three men throughout the show, during serious relationships with each of them. Michael was the first, her longtime boyfriend who she loved and lost her virginity to. Raphael and Jane’s chemistry won the heart of every viewer, so when they get together, it’s one of the best things about the show!
The third and only other man Jane is intimate with is Adam, her boyfriend when she was 19. He returns in the later seasons and they date briefly, but eventually break-up when he gets a job offer. Her first-time with Michael wasn’t as special as she expected it, but the pivotal moment made her confident as ever!
Who is your favourite partner for Jane? Michael, Raphael, or Adam? Let us know in the comments.