It's date night for Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) - or at least that's what Rafael is hoping for on Monday's Jane the Virgin (9/8c, The CW). The only problem is that they need to find a babysitter for little Mateo. Since he was kidnapped the last time Jane left him with a stranger, she's going to be really picky about who gets to watch him.
Going on this date is a crucial step for Rafael in getting Jane back, especially with Michael (Brett Dier) out of the picture, but it's about a lot more than winning the girl. For Rafael, this is finally his chance to create a real family.
Baldoni reveals to TVGuide.com why that is so important and the struggle ahead:
Since this baby was kidnapped an hour after being born, is Rafael as concerned about the babysitter as Jane?
Justin Baldoni: Rafael is very much like, "We can find someone great. I have a great agent. We'll get the best that money can buy, and you don't have to worry." He's really on to this feeling of, "Hey, let's start to build our friendship and our relationship and our romance." He's really focused on being a family.
How much of Jane and Rafael's journey with Mateo mirrors your own experience with your baby daughter?
Baldoni: In my real life with my 4-month-old, we don't have any babysitters. The only babysitters we have are my mom and dad who live down the street.
I can totally relate to Jane's feeling of making sure we trust this person and not just wanting it to be anybody. When we shot the episode, and it was like "Babysitter Idol" with all these different people, I totally related to it on a personal level because I'm sure when we are looking for a babysitter we're going to be the same when finding someone to hang out with our daughter.
Has seeing Jane with Mateo changed Rafael's feelings about his own mother and her abandonment in any way?
Baldoni: He is still very hurt and upset about what happened with his mom. I don't see that changing, at least not in the next couple of episodes. He's realized that he would never abandon his own child because now that he's experienced the love of what it would be to have somebody, to have your child, I think Rafael can't even imagine what it would be like. There's no amount of money that would ever justify that, especially because he was given up for money. So [the anger] is still pretty locked in.
Rafael is still growing into being a father for Mateo. Is he prepared for his twins with Petra to come along, making it three kids?
Baldoni: Absolutely not. He wasn't ready for one. He finally got ready by the end of it. That's the journey that Rafael is on: figuring out how to be a father and how to be a partner, have a family. These are all firsts for him, which is what I love about playing Rafael. A lot of things Rafael is doing with Jane are his first time trying this, saying this or doing this. It's a really interesting thing to experience.
The pendulum is swinging in Rafael's direction. Is it safe to think he'll be the one Jane walks down the aisle with at the end of the season?
Baldoni: With Jane the Virgin, nothing is ever safe, so it's always better to keep your mind open. As an actor, as the character, of course you want Rafael and Jane to get married because that's what's best for the family. The question of the show becomes what is best for Jane?
I don't know what's going to happen. They haven't told us and we don't know who she is going to pick. We obviously don't want the show to end in Season 2 so I am sure whoever she is going to pick is not going to be the end.
Check out a sneak peek of the episode, "Chapter Twenty-Nine," below.
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.
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