The 31-year-old actress opened up with the glossy about playing “villain” Petra, the “wild” Golden Globes day and more. Check it:
On Jane The Virgin: “I think one of the magic things about Jane The Virgin is that it’s telling a story about a girl and this group of people, I don’t think it’s trying to force it’s opinions on anybody. It’s just giving her story. It’s not telling you what’s wrong to do or what’s right to do, it’s just telling you what she does and her choices in life. I think that’s really beautiful about it.”
On the Golden Globes: “The Golden Globe day specifically was a wild day for us. Me, Justin [Baldoni], and Brett [Dier], we were getting ready at my house and then we heard that we also got a second season on the same day as we were getting ready to head out to the Golden Globes, and that was just emotional overload. It was just, it was everything. It was unbelievable, but the Golden Globes specifically I think… Here’s the deal. When we started, we all got the script that we loved, and then we got cast one after the other. Then we started working on this thing where we were overjoyed and happy to be there and happy to show up at work everyday and work on something we love with people we love. That’s what it was, and then eventually, the show came out and we started getting this love from the critics and fans and it was such a… it’s a hard thing to describe. It was such a warm feeling of like, ‘oh my god, other people love this thing that we love making so much.’ And then to keep getting these things like the Golden Globes or the AFIs, that was another reassuring step, seeing that people really like what we’re making. The love from fans that we see on twitter or when we encounter fans in real life gives us extra motivation to do a really good job, and that’s unbelievable
On Petra: “I think I admire her because, even though her choices are not the choices I would make, she’s such a fighter and she won’t give up and she’s very strong. And what’s interesting to me as an actor: because she is ‘the villain,’ your motivation is not necessarily to make people like her. It’s more about her looking out for herself which is a whole different way of looking at a character for me. She’s quite lonely I think. The thing is, she’s always only had her mother or a series of unfortunate relationships. I really want Petra to have a friend, just one friend. Guy or girl, doesn’t matter, just a friend.”
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