“I love the interaction with the audience,” says Camil, who plays Rogelio De La Vega. “But if something funny happens in the room, oh my dear God — I’m going to grab on to that and develop it! But the difference will probably be the language. I’ve never done it in English.”
Viewers of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” may know him best for his portrayal of the self-absorbed yet endearing star of “Jane’s” telenovelas-within-the-show “Tiago” and “The Passions of Santos.” Over the course of his career, he has starred in a number of Latin American TV series and films, as well as recorded four platinum selling albums. But one of his favorite roles to play, he tells Variety, is that of host. In addition to presenting at the Latin Grammys and appearing at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, he also hosted “El Show de Jaime Camil” in 1996.
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“I had the artistic side passed on to me through my umbilical cord, so it was very difficult not to develop that side of my system,” Camil jokes. “I think I was born an actor … I wanted to be always in front of the camera when they were shooting family events. So when I actually became a professional actor, I just embraced the profession.”
Camil’s vocal skill has lent itself to various roles in musicals in Mexico City and New York; he led the 2005 cast of “The Mambo Kings” as well as starred as Billy Flynn in “Chicago” on Broadway.
As for the TCAs, there’s the question of how much of the event will be hosted by Camil himself — and how much will fall to Rogelio.
“Every public event that I go to, I go as Jaime,” he says. “But the TCAs, they have been very kind to Rogelio. So — I’m going to sound like my character right now, so bear with me — I want to give them the gift of Rogelio.”