The Jane the Virgin star also opens up about her summer passion project.
Andrea Navedo’s TV and theater worlds will soon collide when her play Other People’s Moneyopens in New York City. After a handful of performances, Andrea, who appears as a high-powered Wall Street finance attorney on stage, will fly to Los Angeles to begin work on the third season ofJane the Virgin. She’ll do table reads, fittings, press, and filming as the excellent Xiomara before heading back to New York for the remaining performances. The play is a passion project of sorts for Andrea, who will be donating proceeds from the show to the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit that gives underprivileged children in NYC the opportunity to go to summer camp.
Cosmopolitan.com caught up with Andrea on the phone during a recent drive to rehearsals (“It’s hands-free, don’t worry. I have you in my ear!”) to talk about her hiatus from Jane, summer camp memories, and whether or not Xiomara and Rogelio are truly meant to be.
How do you normally spend your time off from Jane or TV projects?
Last summer, I came home [to New York City]. I have two children who are 9 and 12, and it was just really nice to be just be home, make breakfast, pack lunches, drop them off at school like a normal person. I did a lot of that. We had some Jane-related promotional things. Then we went to Spain for 10 days, then I was back. That’s all that I could fit in. I would’ve wanted to do a play. I was a theater major when I first started acting, it was the first acting experience I ever had on stage. There’s nothing like it. Playing Xiomara on Jane the Virgin for the last two years has been wonderful, but I’ve been playing the same character for two years, and I really felt like I needed to get back to my roots, to the basics, and work out some acting muscles in a different way.
Why did you choose the Fresh Air Fund as an organization to be part of?
When I was a kid growing up in the South Bronx, I remember watching commercials on TV. These kids were having the time of their lives; it looked so much fun, horseback riding, whatever they did. I remember saying to my mom, “I want to go there for the summer,” and I remember how upset she was in telling me she couldn’t send me, that we had no money for it. I remember feeling super disappointed. There was one summer where she heard about the Fresh Air Fund and she applied and I got to go to camp for two weeks. I was up in the Catskill mountains and I got to swim, I got to learn how to row a canoe, I had to take a swimming test in the lake, I got to ride horses, see deer in the morning and birds, and our cabin was full of bugs, and I had to get used to that. My desire is to pay it forward and I have contributed to this fund over the years because of my memories.
Tell me everything you can about season three of Jane the Virgin.
I can’t talk about it but I know where it’s going. Jennie Urman [the executive producer] told me where she was planning on taking it and she’s been trying to have a meeting with me for the last month. I think it was because she’s still working on it, and she wanted to discuss everything with me about Xiomara and what the plans are for her. She did hint to me what was going to happen but I can’t say anything.
Do you ever see Xiomara maturing in the future? Do you think she’ll ever grow out of her knee-jerk reactions?
Yes, I do! Even over the last season, I’ve seen some growth in terms of her choosing not to abstain from sex in a little while, even though she gives in with Rogelio. Knee-jerk reactions, for sure. I think with any person, in real life, if you are aware enough to know what you did or think about it in those terms, you’re a little bit ahead of the game. I think that Xiomara is going to start to make more strides in the future in terms of maturity and in terms of just growing as a person, as a woman, and accepting herself as a woman and not thinking about her value on sexuality or looks. I believe that’s where she’ll be going and Jennie has hinted at that.
What’s on your personal wish list for Xo? Are Xo and Rogelio meant for each other?
I think they are. First of all, Jaime [Camil] and I have amazing chemistry, so it’s like we have to be together. That’s my opinion. I don’t know what everybody else is going to do. We’ll see what Jennie decides. I think Xiomara and Rohelio are meant to be together. They may just have to be apart for a little while to kind of figure it out.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Other People’s Money opens July 29 at the Shetler Theatre 54.