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Things I Didn’t Know Before That I Know Now Thanks To Gina Rodriguez’s Internet Campaign, #MovementMondays

As a way to support Latino actors in the television and film industry, Gina Rodriguez created an internet campaign called #MovementMondays. Even though her goal was to feature a Latino actor every Monday on her social media accounts, this campaign led to the recognition and praise of not just actors, but directors, producers, writers, comedians, and activists. While I recognize some of the Latinas Rodriguez has highlighted, there is so much more I learned about many amazing Latina women.

One of the actors Rodriguez recognized is Rita Moreno.

#MovementMondays RITA MORENO Rita Moreno is an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winning Puerto Rican-American actress, dancer and singer. She is one of 12 performers to have won all four-major annual American entertainment awards. She has won numerous other awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. Moreno has broken new ground for Latino’s in the field of entertainment through her career which has spanned over 70 years. From her work in The King and I, The Electric Company(which earned her a Grammy), Oz, to her current appearances in Jane the Virgin. Currently, she is can be seen starring in Netflix’s reboot of the Norman Lear sitcom One Day at a Time. She told The Hollywood Reporter how quickly the cast began to feel like a real family, possibly because they were all Latinos. “But here's what's brilliant about the writing,” she said. “There is a beautiful balance that takes place so that the [non-Latino] audience isn't left out. The writers room is like the U.N. There are gay writers, Latinos, Asians — everybody is in there.” In 1961, Moreno also made history as the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Anita in the film version of West Side Story. In an interview with NPR, she remembers comedian Liz Torres telling her that she watched the awards ceremony that year at her place in Spanish Harlem, “And she said when my name was announced the place went up in smoke. There was screaming and yelling and hugging and jumping up and down and people yelling out the windows, 'She did it! She did it!' in Spanish and in English…A friend of mine said to me, ‘You know what they were really saying? We did it. We did it.’” One Day at a Time has wrapped Season Two and we can not wait to see what Rita does this season! With the Globes and Sag awards being void of Latinx actor nominees, I vote for Rita for her work on One day at a Time. ??

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With her latest role in the Netflix sitcom “One Day at a Time,” Moreno has been working and growing as an actress, dancer, and singer for over 70 years now.

Rodriguez also showed her appreciation for comedian, actress, writer, and producer Cristela Alonzo.

#MovementMondays Cristela Alonzo is a Mexican-American comedian, actress, writer, and producer born to immigrant parents. She is best known for her ABC sitcom Cristela, which made her the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own US network show. Born in San Juan, Texas to a single mother, Alonzo lived the first years of her life squatting in an abandoned diner while her mother worked a double shift as a waitress. Her mother taught her to value things that people take for granted, like electricity and having available water. She taught her kids that the United States was the land that would give them a chance at life. Alonzo learned English from watching TV as her family spoke only Spanish at home. Television was a way for the family to stay inside, avoiding the violence from drug trafficking in their neighborhood. In a 2016 feature in Time Magazine during Immigrant Heritage Month, Alonzo explained: “My mom came to this country so her kids could have a fighting chance. And every single thing my family has in our lives is due to this country giving us the chance to work hard to get it…” she went on to say, “We are a family taught to love the United States by a woman born in Mexico.” In 2003, after Alonzo’s mother died, she began doing stand-up as a way to process grief and talk about her family. She spent a lot of time on the road doing comedy tours with other comics. Since, she has appeared on Conan, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, @midnight, Last Comic Standing, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Live at Gotham. In January 2014, Alonzo was named as one of "10 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014" by L.A. Weekly. She was also named one of "13 Funny Women to Watch in 2014" by Cosmopolitan. In January 2017, Alonzo debuted her first Netflix original stand-up special, Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy. This past summer, Alonzo voiced Cruz Ramirez in the Disney-Pixar film Cars 3: Driven to Win. Follow @cristela9 to see where she will do Stand up in your area and to support her current projects!

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Even though I recognize Alonzo from her hilarious standup comedy, what I didn’t know is that she is the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own network show, “Cristela.”

Also a game changer in the film industry is Gina Torres, who opens up about how difficult pursuing a career in film and television has been for her.

#MovementMondays Gina Torres is an American television and film actress born with multiracial Cuban descent. She has appeared in many television series, including Xena: Warrior Princess, Alias, Firefly, Castle, 24, Suits, The Shield, Hannibal, and Westworld. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in 2015, Gina wrote a blog entry in The Huffington Post. In the post she exclaimed, “Nevertheless, I happily became a willing participant in an industry that has a really hard time seeing me as a Latina woman. This Business of Show that has an incredibly unapologetic history of eradicating ethnicity, changing names and hairlines and, well… history. I honestly didn’t see it coming. Much like the Cold War, Hollywood’s past had nothing on me. Has it been challenging? Even heart breaking? At times, yes. Soul crushing? Por favor! Ignorance doesn’t get to define me! And pretending all this deliciousness isn’t Cuban, doesn’t make it so. And so, like my parents before me, I saw a future in a world I believe in, and I continue to make space and create realities that are truer reflections of the world we live in.” You can currently see Gina as Agent Justine Diaz on season 2 of The Catch on ABC. #MovementMondays #ginatorres

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Torres admits it’s been a challenge, but her goal is to “continue to make space and create realities that are truer reflections of the world we live in.”

With very few Latina film directors, Rodriguez made sure to highlight Mexican director, writer, and producer, Patricia Riggen.

#MovementMondays Patricia Riggen is a Mexican director, writer, and producer born in Guadalajara, Jalisco. She became known for Under the Same Moon and the TV movie Lemonade Mouth. Most recently, she directed Girl in Progress with Eva Mendes, Miracles from Heaven with Jennifer Garner, as well as The 33 with Antonio Banderas. While in her home country, Riggen obtained a degree in communication sciences and worked as a journalist. It wasn’t until later that Riggen found her way into writing and producing film, though she never thought she would end up as a director, comparing the chances of landing a career as a director to the chances of landing a career as an astronaut – slim to none. She moved to New York City, where she received her Master's degree in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. On finally finding her calling, Riggen says, “it never crossed my mind to be a director, and I'll tell you why: because I'm a woman. It just didn't occur to me, but I knew I had to be in film. I finally moved to Mexico City, where the film industry is. I started working there as a producer, which is a very, very valid thing for women to do, because we always produce for men, right? I was pretty successful but I was really unhappy, so I thought, ‘I'm going to go back to school, I'm going to pay for a master's degree…” Riggen is also now one of the most high-profile Latina film directors in Hollywood, she told Latina Trends – “I feel like a rare species. We’re so underrepresented in general–women in film, Latinas in film. I worked really hard, and there’s a lot of competition out there, but I have never experienced discrimination ever I moved here [Los Angeles]. I saw people believing in me, and started believing in myself.”

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As much as I love the movie “Under the Same Moon,” I never knew it was a Mexican woman from the same town as my parents who had directed the film. This makes me love the movie 10-times more.

Rodriguez also pays tribute to Latina actress and breast cancer survivor, Lida Vidal.

#MovementMondays Lisa Vidal is an American actress with Puerto Rican descent. Vidal has been seen in shows from New York Undercover, High Incident, The Division, to CSI: Miami, Law & Order and Rosewood. Since 2013, Vidal has starred alongside Gabrielle Union in the BET drama Being Mary Jane that recently finished its fourth season. In 2014, Vidal talked Latina Magazine about the future of Latinos on TV: “I think the future of television for Latinos is like we’re finally waking up, I feel like we’ve been asleep for a long ass time. And I have a lot of respect for the African American community, how they fight for each other. They go out there they watch their movies they watch their shows. They support. They make it a point to say something if they don’t see a person of color on something and they’re not being represented. They have producers and writers out there writing for other African American actors, making sure they put them on shows. Latinos have to do the same thing. We have to support one another; we have to make it a point to seek each other out and to highlight each other.” Vidal has been a great advocate and role model for Latinas beyond her acting roles. As a survivor of breast cancer in 2016, Vidal has opened up about her treatment. On an episode of The Real, Vidal said: "I just really want young women—Latina women, especially women of color—to understand how important it is to get early detection. So many women are afraid, and it's like the fear that holds you back could be life-threatening, and it's just not worth it to do that."

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In addition to the significance of supporting one another as Latinos in the film industry, Vidal also aims to bring awareness to breast cancer and the importance of being checked by a doctor early on.

Dominican-American actress, Judy Reyes, is another go-getter who encourages every Latina to step out of their comfort zone.

#movementmondays JUDY REYES Judy Reyes is an American television actress, born in The Bronx, New York to Dominican parents. She is best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on Scrubs, Zoila Diaz in Devious Maids, and Dina Milagro on Jane the Virgin. When asked about what it’s like to work with such a diverse cast, Reyes told Latina, “They’re awesome: creative and talented. I have been extraordinarily blessed to jump from one all-female lead cast in Devious Maids to another. I can’t be more fortunate…And they are all real women, the sizes, the beauty, and what they’re bringing to their roles. It’s such a great school to be around, in front of and behind the camera.” Reyes also recognizes the responsibility and hard work that comes with telling these stories, and she is confident that stories like the ones she is telling will be told more and more. “I’ve had the incredible good fortune to work consistently, but it’s about stepping outside of the box,” she says. “That requires an extraordinary amount of work and artistically it is painful. There’s a comfort zone that yields work, a job after a job after a job. And there’s a level of dissatisfaction creatively, but you have to find your balls. You have to do that for yourself and it’s really scary.” Currently, she can be seen starring as Quiet Ann in the TNT crime dramedy Claws. She and the entire cast are outstanding don't miss Claws!!!

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As important as it is to tell our stories, Reyes points out how it’s equally important to challenge ourselves creatively when it comes to the execution of these stories.

Also featured in the #MovementMondays mix is Argentine actress, Stephanie Beatriz, who you may recognize from the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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Despite her comedic chops, Beatriz has also taken on a more serious role in the independent film “The Light of the Moon,” which focuses on sexual assault. Beatriz hopes that stories like these encourage more and more women to speak their truth.

When it comes to role models for children, there is Aimee Carrero, a Dominican actress and Disney star.

#movementmondays Aimee Carrero is a Dominican Actress. Carrero was born in in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and grew up in Miami, Florida (you can find her in the youtube sketch “Shit Miami Girls Say…and guys”). While studying International Relations at Florida International University, she aspired to be a lawyer. But, before she started filling out law school applications, she hopped on a plane to Los Angeles. Carrero has appeared on a lot of shows since then including: Level Up, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Lincoln Heights, Men of a Certain Age, The Middle, Greek, Baby Daddy, and The Americans. In 2012, Carrero made her off-broadway debut in Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere play, What Rhymes with America. Since 2014, Carrero has starred in Freeform sitcom Young & Hungry, alongside Emily Osment. In 2015, it was announced that Carrero will be providing the voice of Elena, Disney's first Latina fairy tale princess for the Disney Channel series Elena of Avalor. The animated series premiered in July 2016, quickly became television's #1 series for Girls age 2-11 in the U.S. and is honored with a National Hispanic Media Coalition Award and an Annie Award nomination. It will be going into its 3rd season this year. Carrero told Popsugar on landing the role, "For me, it's like one of the most amazing things to ever happen to me, because I think growing up, you want to see yourself represented in stories and you want to see your culture highlighted. I think this has been something people have been wanting for a long time.”

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In addition to appearing in several television shows, Carrero is also the voice for Elena, Disney’s first Latina fairy tale princess for the TV show, “Elena of Avalor.”

There is also the amazing and talented pair, Allegra Acosta and Ariela Barer, who star in the TV series “Marvel’s Runaways.”

#MovementMondays ALLEGRA ACOSTA / ARIELA BARER (Marvel’s Runaways) Gotta love Latina Super-Power! Allegra & Ariela representing in the new series Marvel’s Runaways! Allegra Acosta is a 14-year-old American actress and singer. Born in El Paso, Texas, to immigrant parents from Mexico, Acosta began singing and dancing at a young age. In 2012, she and her family moved to Los Angeles so that she could pursue her acting career. She can be seen is shows such as Amazon’s Just Add Magic & Nickelodeon’s 100 Things to Do Before Highschool. Her first major onscreen role is Molly Hernandez, the first Latina superhero, in the new Marvel Comic Series Runaways for Hulu. Acosta told Newsweek: “It’s so important to be playing a young Latina character,” Acosta said. “Fourteen is this critical stage in my life—I’m pressured to fit into a certain category. Suddenly my body is getting labeled. Molly looks like me, and other Latina girls can relate to our struggle. Like, when I was younger I used to think I had to straighten my curly hair for boys to like me. But that’s total BS!” Acosta is starring alongside Ariela Barer, her on-screen adopted sister Gert (another Latina superhero!). Ariela Barer is an American actress with Mexican descent. She started acting professionally at the age of 9. One of her first major recurring role was Nickelodeon’s Yo! Gabba Gabba. She can also be seen on shows such as New Girl on Fox, One Day at a Time and ATypical for Netflix. Barer originally auditioned for Molly, the only listed Latina role in Marvel’s Runaways, however, the showrunners steered her towards the role of Gert – a strong, independent, cynical, and outspoken teen. She told Newsweek: “The thing I love about her is that she’s the trope of an angry feminist that’s been around and turning it on its head,” Barer said. “She’s a human person with rational emotions. You sympathize with her, rather than with the male character who is calling her crazy.” Catch these talented Latinas in Marvels new Runaways on Hulu! SO PROUD OF YOU LADIES! #LatinaLove #fierclylatina

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These talented women not only increase the representation of young Latinas in television and film, but also serve as proof that being an actress is possible with hard work and dedication.

With more attention to the representation of Latinas in Marvel, Rodriguez gives a shout out to Gabby Rivera.

#MovementMondays Gabby Rivera is an American writer and “self-proclaimed nerdburger,” Gabby Rivera grew up in the Bronx and is of Puerto Rican descent. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath follows a queer puertorriqueña who leaves the Bronx bustle for a summer in Portland, Oregon, where she interns for her fave feminist author Harlow Brisbane. It was listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for women’s history month and it was called the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever” by Latina Magazine. Due to her rising success, Rivera will be the first queer Latina to voice a Marvel Comic character – America Chavez. America is a Latina, queer, superpowered and super-popular character who made a name for herself in the pages of super-team titles “Young Avengers” and “The Ultimates.” According to Rivera’s interview with The Washington Post, “The series “is definitely going to tackle America’s ancestry and ethnicity. But it won’t be as neat as some folks might want it to be. For me, being Latina is really damn complicated, especially when it comes to tracing my roots,” Rivera said. “America’s going to wonder where she really came from and who her people are. She’s going to explore what it means to be brown across the dimensions. And like many people who’ve had to leave home at a young age, she’s dealing with that feeling of disconnect, the you’re a foreigner here and out of place when you go ‘home’ type of feeling.” Rivera also exclaimed, “I get to see groups of little brown girls and their moms all done up in their America Chavez cosplay gear. And the stories that we tell through ‘America’ will be part of their pop culture experience,” Rivera said. “And, hell yeah, there’s pressure, but also I love it and it’s making me a better writer. It’s a blessing.” Gabby Rivera, today we celebrate you! @quirkyrican

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This Puerto Rican-American writer will be the first queer Latina to voice a Marvel Comic Character – America Chavez.

Last but not least, there is Iris Morales, Puerto Rican attorney, filmmaker, educator, and activist.

#MovementMondays Iris Morales the woman who wrote “Through The Eyes of Rebel Women” Iris Morales, a Puerto Rican attorney, filmmaker, educator, and activist, also considered as the “Female Robin Hood of the 21st Century in East Harlem.” In 1969, She was the first woman to join The Young Lords Party and quickly became a leading member. This movement originated in Chicago and established a branch in Harlem, which had similar goals and methods like the Black Panthers. Morals brought forward an agenda concerned with feminism and the oppression of women. She held the position of the Deputy Minister of Education and leader of its Women’s Union organizing Puerto Rican communities for racial, economic and social justice. As a grassroots activist she fought for better housing and schooling for her Latino community. In 1975, Morales enrolled in New York University School of Law where she received her J.D.Morales is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, the first Puerto Rican to receive the prestigious fellowship. She also earned an MFA in integrated media arts from Hunter College. For 30 years, she has helped develop organizations dedicated to grassroots organizing and community empowerment, such as the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the New Educational Opportunities Network. Morales is an inspirational activist who has dedicated her life to change and the advancement of the Puerto Rican community.

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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

America Ferrera has never been a celebrity to stay quiet in the face of injustice, so it’s no surprise that the actress-activist has boldly responded to the Trump administration’s policy requiring migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico.

Last week, the Superstore star led a group of actors, including Gina Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Wilmer Valderrama, Roselyn Sanchez and Kendrick Sampson, across the southern border to a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico.

There, the group learned how the policy was impacting migrants while speaking directly with immigration lawyers and shelter managers as well as families and children. They hope through this real-life education that they will become better equipped to challenge the Trump administration in the US.

“It is easy for me to look at these human beings and see myself. … This could very easily have been my reality in this lifetime,” the Honduran-American actress told the Associated Press about the trip.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy limits the amount of asylum requests border patrol can attend to per day. The process, which has also forced refugees, including thousands of Central American families who have filed for sanctuary from violence and poverty in their home countries, to stay in Mexico, has slowed down the process and created case backlogs in the immigration system and overcrowding in shelters in Mexican border towns.

“We were able to bear witness to how the current administration is treating refugee families. We MUST demand better,” Washington said in an Instagram post. “Let me be clear: it is legal to seek asylum. When people cross our borders, their human rights come with them. We must protect those human rights.”

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According to NBC News, the visit was organized by nonprofits Families Belong Together and Harness, an organization started by Ferrera, Valderrama and Ryans Piers.

Jessica Morales Rocketto, who heads Families Belong Together, told the news outlet that one of the women she met at the shelter had been waiting with her toddler since November to apply for asylum.

“People get to the border and think that’s the end of the journey, but it’s only the beginning,” Morales Rocketto said.

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20 Of The Most Bizarre Things to Happen On ‘Jane The Virgin’ Now That It’s Almost Over

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20 Of The Most Bizarre Things to Happen On ‘Jane The Virgin’ Now That It’s Almost Over

The fifth and final season of “Jane The Virgin” will be premiering next month, and while we’re happy that we’ll find out all the details behind the shocking twist that concluded last season, we’re sad that one of our favorite shows is coming to an end.

Fans have so closely followed Jane Villenueva through the twists and turns of her life, that her presence on their TV screens will be sorely missed. And since “Jane the Virgin”‘s last season ended on such an unexpected cliffhanger, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the coming return of the soap-y dramedy with a list of all of the most bizarre things that have happened on “Jane” so far.

1. Jane Getting Accidentally Artificially Inseminated

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That’s right–we’d be crazy not to start this list with the one that started it all and arguably the craziest plot point so far. In case you need a refresher, the premise of “Jane the Virgin” revolves around the story of a young virgin (Jane) who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine gynecological exam. Pretty crazy stuff–but the series executes otherwise eye-roll inducing plot lines with such realism and humor, it’s hard to resist!

2. Jane Finding Out Her Father is a Famous Telenovela Star

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Early on in JTV’s first season, Jane discovers that the father she’s never met happens to be the most popular telenovela star on TV, Rogelio De la Vega. Over the course of four seasons, Rogelio and Jane’s relationship evolves from an awkward friendship to a rock-solid father-daughter relationship.

3. Roman Zazo Returning From The Dead–And It Actually Being His Twin Brother, Aaron

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When previously-murdered Roman Zazo arrives at Petra’s door, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that he had faked his own death (this is “Jane the Virgin”, after all). However, we soon found out that Zaz had a secret twin brother named Aaron whom he’d never mentioned before.

4. Rose Being the Infamous “Sin Rostro”

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During the first season of “Jane the Virgin”, Sin Rostro was a mysterious villain that seemed to be one step ahead of everyone. What was worse, was that no one knew who he (or she) was. Fans were shocked when the criminal mastermind behind all of the chaos at the Marbella turned out to be Stepmother-cum-lesbian lover Rose Solano. No one saw that coming!

5. Mateo Getting Kidnapped as a Newborn

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Every mother’s worst nightmare came true on Season 1, Episode 22 of “Jane the Virgin”. While Jane was resting after giving birth to Mateo, a woman dressed as a nurse took him and delivered him to Sin Rostro (aka Rose). Luckily, Mateo was quickly rescued by Michael.

6. Rogelio’s New Assistant  Being His Mystery Stalker

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Usually the jokester of “Jane the Virgin”, it was unsettling for fans to see Rogelio deal with PTSD after being held against his will by his assistant, Lola, who was secretly the stalker who’d been anonymously threatening him.

7. Petra Inseminating Herself with Rafael’s Sperm Without His Permission

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Petra has never been afraid of getting her hands dirty to get what she wants, and she’ll use all the resources at her disposal to her advantage. In order to bind Rafael to her forever, a jealous Petra steals his frozen sperm sample and inseminates herself with it. The plan worked–she ended up pregnant with twins, assuring that her and Rafael would never be rid of each other.

8. Petra Having a Long-Lost Identical Twin Sister

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This story line was bizarre, but it also made for some great comedic moments. Unbeknownst to Petra, she had a long-lost twin sister named Anezka whom her mother had given up for adoption. Anezka was the opposite of Petra–weak, timid, afraid, and very un-stylish. But she had some great one-liners!

9. Magda Being Able to Walk

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Viewers of “Jane the Virgin” always knew of Petra’s mother, Magda, as wheelchair-bound, but we were kept in the dark as to the details. That’s why it was truly shocking when we see Magda (who we thought was paralyzed) standing from her chair in Season 1, Episode 9.

10. Magda Pushing Alba Down the Stairs

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It turns out, Magda only leaves her wheelchair for truly nefarious reasons. After Alba heads to Petra’s room to confront her about meddling in Jane’s life, she stumbles upon a hostage being kept in Magda and Petra’s room. In order to keep her quiet, Magda pushes her down the stairs, obviously with the intent to kill.

11. Sin Rostro Disguising Herself as Michael’s Police Partner, Susanna

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There was always something a little off about Michael’s new police partner, Susanna, but we always chalked it up to the fact that she was allegedly an undercover agent working to expose Michael for corruption. It turns out, that was all a ruse. Susanna was actually Sin Rostro (Rose) in disguise the whole time!

12. Finding Out Alba Wasn’t a Virgin When She was Married

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This plot-twist wasn’t as wacky as some of the other more out-there situations that Jane Villenueva finds herself in, but it was shocking nonetheless. After years of Alba warning Jane about the perils of extramarital sex, while simultaneously slut-shaming Xo for her sex life, we came to find out that Alba was not a virgin when she was married.

13. Anezka Paralyzing Petra and Assuming her Identity

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In one of the most telenovela-like story lines so far, Season 3 finds Petra’s long-lost twin sister, Anezka, injecting her with a paralyzing poison and assuming her identity. Luckily, Jane eventually suspects something is amiss and exposes Anezka.

14. Rogelio and Darci Having a  Baby

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When Rogelio and Darcy Factor decide to enter into a non-romantic co-parenting relationship in Season 3, we couldn’t have been happier for the both of them. However, the mid-season 3 year time-hop revealed that the two had grown to hate each other. It was definitely bizarre when Darci showed up a few episodes later pregnant with his child, and determined to keep it.

15. Michael Dying

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Michael dying in Season 3 was a massive shock to everyone watching the show, primarily because he had just endured a long recovery after being shot by Sin Rostro, and all signs pointed to him being fully healed. That’s why it was a shock to everyone when he died of heart failure after taking the stressful Bar Exam.

16. Britney Spears Randomly Showing Up as a Guest Star

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Britney Spears was always one of the celebrities that Rogelio loved to name drop, but like most of the celebrities he claimed to know, we never expected her to ever appear in the flesh. So color us surprised when the Princess of Pop herself showed up to the Marbella in Chapter Twenty-Seven!

17. Isabel Allende Randomly Showing Up as a Guest Star

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Any JTV fan worth their salt knows that Jane’s favorite author, and the one who’s career she hopes to emulate, is celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende. Viewers collectively squealed when she showed up in a cameo as herself in Season 4, Episode 8.

18. Petra Killing Anezka

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Twin sisters Petra and Anezka had a strained relationship, to put it lightly, but we never thought either of them would act violently towards the other. That is, until Anezka threatened the lives of Petra’s children, prompting Petra to attack Anezka, which resulted in Anezka falling off a balcony.

19. Xiomara Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

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Sometimes the most terrifying things that happen to us aren’t the most outrageous. Xo getting diagnosed with breast cancer was shocking because it was so unexpected. Jane’s mother was arguably the most vivacious character on the series–she seemed practically invincible. Xiomara coming face-to-face with her own mortality was definitely jarring.

20. Michael Coming Back From the Dead

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And now, the twist to end all twists. After a three years (which translated into a full season) of grieving and healing from the loss of her husband Michael, Jane discovered that he was still alive. Since this was the finale of Season 4, we’re not sure what happens next! Sounds like it’s straight out of a telenovela, right?

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