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  • Acting for Two:
    • Elisabeth Röhm as Eileen and Rose disguised as Eileen.
    • Gina Rodriguez as Jane and the episodic imaginary iterations of Jane. Rodriguez also plays as Jane's great-aunt Cecilia, which doubles as Uncanny Family Resemblance.
    • Yael Grobglas as Petra and her twin sister Anezka.
    • Elias Janssen as Mateo and as a young version of his father, Rafael.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Jane mentions that she's a really good rapper. Gina Rodriguez's biggest role before this show was as a rapper in the movie Filly Brown.
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    • Rogelio wants to be an EGOT, i.e. someone who's won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. His mother is played by Rita Moreno, who's in that club.
    • In "Chapter Sixty-Six" Rogelio is Disguised in Drag. His appearance looks very similar to how he looked in the telenovela Por Ella Soy Eva, where Camil's character did the same thing.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Rogelio's actor, Jaime Camil, is a well-known Telenovela actor.
  • The Cast Showoff: The show gets good mileage out of Gina Rodriguez's rapping skills and Andrea Novedo's singing voice.
  • Cast the Expert: Professional celebrity dancer Derek Hough guests in episode 40 for a salsa scene with Jane's character.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Charles Michael Davis, a main character on the vampire-themed The Originals, plays a book agent who rejects Jane's proposal because the market is oversaturated with vampire stories.
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    • Haley Lu Richardson, Brett Dier's real-life then-fiancee plays Charlie, a rival rancher who hates Michael's guts. They end up engaged with a baby on the way.
  • Channel Hop: In Britain after the series didn't catch on the way Ugly Betty did - E4 dropped it after the first two seasons, with Netflix taking up the slack from season three... and before season four began on The CW.
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  • Dueling Shows: With Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. In their lifespans they were the only Comedy-Drama shows with female leads on The CW and they both won Golden Globe awards when they were each on their first seasons. They also both finished their runs in the same season.
  • Cast as a Mask: Megan Ketch as Susanna Barnett (Michael's partner/murderer) is Rose in disguise all along.
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  • Defictionalization: Jane's novel was actually published at the same time as on the show, complete with blurbs from several fictitious writers mentioned on the show and Rogelio (which is of course wildly hyperbolic).
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Alba, a Venezuelan, is played by Ivonne Coll who is a former Miss Puerto Rico. Gina Rodriguez and Andrea Navedo both have Puerto Rican parents.
    • Petra is Czech and is played by Yael Grobglas who is Israeli and descended from French and Austrian parents. Likewise, her mother is played by an American. All of this also applies to Anezka.
    • Emilio Solano is implied to be Hispanic and American, but is played by Carlo Rota who is an English-born Italian-Canadian actor.
    • Michael is American, but is played by Canadian actor Brett Dier.
    • Catalina speaks with an English accent due to her family (of Venezuelan descent) having settled in the UK; she's played by Morocco-born Sofia Pernas (brought up in the US).
    • Adam's Latina Lover Narrator (actually billed thus in the credits) is played by American Vanessa Marshall.
  • Funny Background Event: There's an unintentionally visible League of Legends display in episode 11 (~39:00)
  • Irony as She Is Cast: According to his appearance on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Jaime Camil indulges in extreme sports like dirt biking and skydiving. Rogelio is secretly afraid of heights.
  • Mythology Gag: Multiple references to Venezuela, home to the source telenovela Juana la Virgen:
    • As explained in Chapter Eight, Alba (and the Villanueva family) is apparently of Venezuelan descent, as her husband's family got rich off their Venezuelan oil company.
    • In Chapter Twenty-Two, Rogelio and Xo run into the Venezuelan chapter of his Rogelifans fanclub.
  • Playing Their Own Twin:
    • Alano Miller as both Zazo twins.
    • Yael Grobglas as Petra and her twin sister Anekza.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: Anthony Mendez in season 3.
  • Reality Subtext: River Fields clashes with Rogelio over postpartum depression, which her actress Brooke Shields publicly struggled with.
  • Star-Making Role: After a well-received stint on Law & Order, this was the show that made Gina Rodriguez a household name and one of the most in-demand actresses of The New '10s.
  • What Could Have Been: Michael was going to be killed at the end of Season 2 until the whole crew fell in love with Bret Dier's performance. But they still decided it was best for their long term plans, and put in a line from the narrator about how he would love Jane "until his last breath" specifically so they'd still have to do it at some point. It ultimately took them until halfway through Season 3 to work up the guts, resulting in the oddity of "Part 2" lasting a season and a half after Season 1 by itself was "Part 1."
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