Named by VANITY FAIR as one of the “Best TV Characters,” Golden Globe award and Critics’ Choice award nominee Jaime Camil plays “the scene-stealing comedic bright spot,” ‘Rogelio de la Vega’, the supremely vain, but totally well-meaning, famous telenovela star and Gina Rodriguez’s father on the critically acclaimed CW (in the USA) and Netflix (internationally) series “Jane the Virgin“, currently airing Season 4. Camil also stars in the blockbuster Diney/PIXAR animated film COCO, currently in theatres worldwide.
Disney/PIXAR’s COCO, which has an outstanding 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, follows the journey of young aspiring musician ‘Miguel’ who, when confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the ‘Land of the Dead’ to work out the mystery. Camil play’s Miguel’s loving father ‘Papa’ who pressures him to go along with family tradition and become a shoe maker. Critics are already calling this the animated film to watch come Oscar season, with Rolling Stone saying the “Day-of-the-Dead gem pays loving tribute to Mexican culture with animation that brims over with visual pleasures, comic energy and emotional wallop” and The Washington Post saying “Not only is it a wholly original story, but it also honors a culture that’s so often overlooked by the movie industry. That alone might have made it a hit, but Coco has so much more to offer.”
Camil’s hit TV show “Jane the Virgin” centers on Jane (Rodriguez), a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. “Jane the Virgin” has received overwhelmingly positive accolades from critics and viewers alike, including a Golden Globe nomination-the first EVER for the CW, was named one of the top 10 TV shows of 2014 by the AFI, won a Peabody Award and was also nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. The show has instantly become a fan favorite for celebrities as well, with such illustrious stars as Britney Spears, Juanes, Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Kate del Castillo, and Bruno Mars all jumping at the opportunity to guest star on the series.
Much of the praise for the show centers on surprise Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez’s luminous performance. But Jaime Camil, who plays Jane’s long-absent father
and telenovela star
“Rogelio de la Vega,” has gained a fierce fan following thanks to his effortless charm, comic delivery, and unusually endearing vanity. While U.S. viewers are only now discovering Camil, the man is a bona-fide superstar in Latin America, known most widely for his role in the telenovela La Fea Más Bella (Mexico’s original Ugly Betty series).
Camil, who made his Broadway bow in 2005 in Latinologues and most recently took a turn as “Billy Flynn” in Broadway’s CHICAGO (2016), and starred as “Sam Carmichael” in the Hollywood Bowl’s reprisal of MAMMA MIA! opposite Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and actress/singer Dove Cameron this past summer. He has starred in over 20 award-winning films, including PULLING STRINGS and 200 CARTAS (alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda). As a voice actor, Camil recently starred in Universal’s animated film SECRET LIFE OF PETS. Camil has led the highest-rated telenovelas of all time and has recorded four platinum-selling albums and has starred in many musicals in his native Mexico City, including West Side Story, Hook, Aladdin and more. In 2005 he led the Broadway-bound musical The Mambo Kings.
Camil is a literal “jack-of-all-trades,” beginning his showbiz career in radio before transitioning to the small screen as a host for “El Show de Jaime Camil.” Camil also has two Billboard charting singles, starred on Broadway in the groundbreaking, comedic showcase Latinologues, the longest running and only showcase of its kind in America, was nominated for an Ariel Award (Mexico’s highest film honor, similar to the Academy Awards in the U.S.) for his work in the film 7 DIAS and just recently directed the music video, “Perdon,” for the group Barston. Camil also has a whopping 8 million followers on social media.