Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the Feb. 2 episode of “Jane the Virgin,” titled “Chapter Twelve.”
Sin Rostro’s identity has finally been revealed. And no, it’s not who we thought. In fact, the prime candidate for “Jane the Virgin’s” mastermind villain, Rafael’s father, Emilio Solano, was killed by the real Sin Rostro — his wife, Rose!
To recap: Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) detective ex-fiancé, Michael (Brett Dier), and his police partner-turned-hookup buddy, Nadine (Azie Tesfai), have been suspicious of Jane’s baby daddy, Rafael, and Emilio (Carlo Rota). Rafael finally caught wind of the evidence and by episode 12, with the help of his step-mom, Rose (Bridget Regan), he, too, was convinced that his father was the bad guy. But then Rose doused her hubby, Emilio, in fresh cement, burying him alive. In other words, in the best we-didn’t-see-that-coming turn of events, Rose was revealed to be Sin Rostro. (Her name is Rose, people!) Even for a telenovela, this is nuts.
Regan spoke to Variety about the big reveal, which of Jane’s cohorts will catch onto Sin Rostro’s secret plan, and what’s next for Rose and Luisa’s romance.
For the record, are you really Sin Rostro?
I am Sin Rostro. We can make t-shirts!
When did you find out?
I found out when the script came out for that episode. [Exec producer/writer Jennie Snyder] was like, “Wait ’til you read the script!” and I could see it in her eyes. I had a hunch that I was maybe up to something because I always had this feeling that Rose enjoyed when her husband had conflict with her stepson, Rafael. I thought maybe I was working for Sin Rostro, and I was right along with the characters of “Jane the Virgin,” thinking that Sin Rostro was going to be a man. I pictured this big, powerful man waltzing in, like Ian McShane or Andre Braugher! When I found out, I thought, why not Rose? And I was thrilled. It’s another reason to love “Jane the Virgin” — the big badass villain is a woman.
Did anyone in the cast know?
We all had suspicions. Some people suspected me, a lot of people suspected Priscilla Barnes [Magda, Petra’s mother], a lot of people suspected Carlo Rota. And the writers would just chuckle and smile. Where we’re at right now, no one knows that I’m Sin Rostro. Only the audience knows and our amazing, incredible narrator, but that’s it.
How did no one guess? Your name is Rose…
I did see a few [fan theories] on Twitter. I adore interacting with the fans, especially on this show because there are so many fans who really ‘ship Luisa (Yara Martinez) and Rose, and there would be people who would tweet me, “Please don’t be Sin Rostro.” I was like, don’t look at me! But that last sequence at the end of Chapter Twelve, I thought that was so cool and so fun.
Will the characters find out this season that you are the real Sin Rostro?
I don’t know.
You buried Emilio in cement so that makes it difficult to find him, but I would imagine Rafael and others will notice he’s missing. How will this play out?
This is all part of Rose’s plan. Her plan is to frame her husband to be Sin Rostro. At the end of last week’s episode, I called Rafael and left him a message that Emilio didn’t show up and he must’ve fled the country. Rose’s plan is carrying out where she’s covering her tracks and playing the part of the shocked wife when they reveal to her that Emilio is Sin Rostro.
Does anyone become suspicious of Rose?
It’s definitely Michael. Unfortunately in the next episode [Feb. 9], Michael does some digging and reveals something to Rose that she didn’t know about her husband and Rose is forced to improvise. As we’ve seen, Michael is pretty good at his job and they do some further digging, and some pieces don’t add up for them. So they’re going to keep looking and we’ll see if they figure me out.
Does Rafael become suspicious at all?
As we’ve seen in previous episodes, Rose has been using Rafael for everything — she used him to get Luisa committed when she threatened to tell Emilio, she has been working him to put him up against his dad. If you go back and look at the episodes, you can see how Rose is working every single thing and playing the scared, worried wife. Rafael is doing exactly what she needs. He’s believing her and believing that his father was this drug lord, plastic surgery ring-running guy. So he’s dealing with the reality of that, which is not exactly true — but it’s all going according to Rose’s plan.
Does anything get in the way of Rose’s Sin Rostro plan?
Her feelings for Luisa — these really real, strong feelings for this woman — are completely inconvenient in her plan so we see her struggling with balancing [those feelings]. This is a very smart, sneaky, clever woman, and she’s all about power and control and running the show so it’s been cool to see what happens when things don’t go according to her plan.
So Luisa was never part of the plan?
That was the one note that Jennie gave me. I was dying to know more, but she said your feelings for Luisa are 100% true. In Chapter Fourteen coming up, we get a really delicious sequence where we get to flash back and see how Luisa and Rose met, and how is it possible that these lovers became step-mother and step-daughter? It was probably the most fun sequence that I did on “Jane The Virgin” to date. I can’t wait for everybody to see it.
Will Rose and Luisa be able to continue their romance, or will the Sin Rostro reveal ruin their relationship?
After this whole grand plan has been completed of infiltrating the Marbella hotel, marrying Emilio, getting the plastic surgery ring there — she’s had this plan in the works for a long time. The whole reason she married Emilio was to get that hotel and that location. I think she’s hopeful that she and Luisa can carry on. Now, whether Luisa is able to do that is another question. Her feelings for her are 100% real.
So from the moment Rose met Emilio, was it doomsday for him?
Unfortunately, yes. It’s so crazy, but it’s very telenovela, isn’t it? I mean, I’m burying my husband in cement!
Will we get to see how Sin Rostro went about her previous dirty work? It’s a little hard to believe that Rose conducted all those murders with her own hands.
My understanding is that we’re going to be working with our detectives and trying to figure it out with them and put the pieces together because there are a lot of question marks still. Who killed the bellboy? Who pushed Zaz over the balcony onto the huge ice sculpture? Those questions will be addressed later in the season.
Being Sin Rostro, does that give you an endgame on the show, or does it give your character more legs?
I can’t say much, but I will say that Rose may get a few little hitches in her plan. But she’s still one step ahead of them.
“Jane the Virgin” airs Mondays on The CW.