Season 2 of “Jane the Virgin” will give us more Luisa, Rose and Juicy Jordan

When Jane the Virgin returns this fall, we can look forward to much more of lesbian gynecologist-turned-free-spirit Luisa Alver (played by Yara Martinez).

“I’m definitely going to be in through the first half of the season, solid,” Yara told us at the CBS party during the Television Critics Association Press Tour. “I’m going to be in a lot of episodes—way more episodes than last season.”

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Specifically, the first 12 in a row, confirms Jane the Virgin creator and EP Jennie Snyder Urman.

“Yara is pretty pivotal,” Jennie said. “She has some really good turns and stirs up some drama in her way. And also still working on her love story with Rose/Sin Rostro.”

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When we return to the Mirabella, Luisa is still with Juicy Jordan, her wrestling girlfriend, but the hunt for her ex (Bridget Regan) will complicate things.

“I would like, just because I think it’s fun and outrageous, to go on a hunt for Sin Rostro with Jane and make it like this weird action thing all of a sudden,” Yara said. “And I would love a good face off with Bridget. I love working with Bridget, so even though for my character it would be really shitty if she gets back with her—because it’s like, ‘Hello! You killed my father!’—but I love working with Bridget, so I’d love some type of relationship.”

Yara said she and Bridget have felt all kinds of love from the show’s first season (“I feel like Bridget and I had so many strong fans, which was really nice and that was definitely felt, without a doubt.”), and that she has no real idea what Jennie has planned for Season 2.

“I would hope I would help them find the baby,” Yara said. “They’re going to have to use me in someway. I hope I have scenes with [Gina Rodriguez] and also with Jaime [Camil], because I think he’s hysterical. I don’t know how our characters would end up together, but that would just be a very good literal face-off, just how animated both him and I are. I feel like that would be really funny.”

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Jennie gave us a little more intel from inside the writers’ room.

“[Luisa] definitely shares scenes with her brother. She shares a pivotal scene in the first episode with Petra. Juicy is still in her life. So there’s a little bit of that in the first episode,” Jennie said. “And then a little bit of intrigue.”

As for when we’ll first see Bridget Regan again:  “She’s in the first episode but you’ll have to wait and see what Sin Rostro looks like. You might hear her first.”

Rest assured that Jennie is a big of a fan of Luisa and Rose as we are, and that she hopes to be able to use the actresses that play them as much as possible.

“I love Yara and Bridget so I’m always trying to get them whenever I can,” she said. “It’s a really a question of schedules because they’re in demand. Bridget was on Agent Carter last year, Yara was on True Detective. They’re blowing up so I really just try to get them whenever I can, because I love them and love them as part of the show. We arced out stories for them and hopefully I can use them as much as I want to.”

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Jennie also promised that LGBT fans will be happy with the season as a whole.

“There will be more gay and lesbian influences on our world. We like to make every relationship equally soapy and scandalous, whether they’re straight relationships or gay relationships,” Jennie said. “We try to treat everyone the same way and throw them into our crazy telenovela stew.”

And that’s part of why we love Jane the Virgin almost as much as Rogelio loves himself.

Jane the Virgin has its first table read next week and will premiere its second season in October on The CW.