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I'm so proud of you. But, that's nothing new, because I'm always proud of you, Jane
Xiomara on Jane's graduation day[1]
Xiomara Villanueva
Jane the Virgin

Xiomara Gloriana Villanueva


May 1974[2][3] (age 44)








580 Doral Street, Miami, Florida 33125 (currently)
Bruce and Xo's House in Miami, Florida 33125 (formerly)


Owner and dance instructor at Own Studio




Dark Brown



Marital Status


Rogelio De La Vega
(ex-fiancé, father of Jane)
Esteban Santiago
Marco Esquivel
Jane Villanueva
(daughter w/Rogelio)
Aborted child †
Mateo Solano Villanueva
Alba Villanueva
Mateo Villanueva
Michael Cordero
Cecilia Mora
(maternal aunt)
(1st cousin)
Catalina Maria Mora
(1st cousin once removed)
Portrayed By

Andrea Navedo
Catherine Toribio (teen)
Katherine Castillo (young; Pilot)

First Appearance


Latest Appearance

(* Series Finale *)


22 (Season 1)
22 (Season 2)
20 (Season 3)
 ? (Season 4)

Xiomara Villanueva is a main character on CW dramedy Jane the Virgin. She is portrayed by Andrea Navedo.


Xiomara is a 44-year-old[4] woman, who gave birth to Jane when she was just shy of 17 years old. Xiomara is a very laid back woman who works as a performer at a night club and teaches a dance class in her living room for little girls. Despite the fact that she became pregnant at young age and is considered by both Jane and Alba to be irresponsible, she is seen throughout the series to be a loving, sacrificing and kind mother to Jane and takes a good care of her with help from her mother, Alba Villanueva (Jane's grandmother). 

Xiomara is a very nice person. When she was young, she was really rebellious and she didn't listen to her mother. After having Jane, Xo made sure she was always there for her daughter and supported her. She's chasing her dream of becoming a singer. She can be stubborn but wants to be a good mom and a good person. She is a very capable and strong person.


Jane Villanueva

Main article: Xiomara and Jane

Jane and Xiomara are incredibly close, at times behaving more like sisters than mother and daughter. Jane, with her very strong will and good intent, often falls into parenting her own mother. Xiomara, however, always comes through for Jane whenever she needs advice and support, and their roles in those moments are more clearly defined.

Alba Villanueva

Main article: Xiomara and Alba

Alba and Xiomara are seen both in flashbacks and present time to clash in many areas of life. Alba finds Xo irresponsible, and sometimes tends to not recognise that her daughter is a grown woman. Xiomara has never lived away from her parental home and so can lack maturity when it comes to setting boundaries for herself in her life. However, having a baby at such a young age matured Xiomara in other ways and the unique life that the two women have shared brings about unique clashes, but also an incredibly strong bond.They both are stubborn when it comes to apologizing but always eventually make up.

Rogelio De La Vega

Main article: Rogelio and Xiomara

Having dated at 17 in high school, Xiomara and Rogelio's relationship has also remained there – until they meet again as adults. They have a natural connection (as Xo tells Jane in the early episodes of Season 1, strong chemistry – which, coincidentally, is what Jane also shares with Rafael) and great affection for one another, which scares Xiomara, who has never been in a long-term relationship. Rogelio has also been married twice before and is, at first, very casual in his relationship with Xo, mirroring his behavior at 17. However, the serious nature of their reconnection provides a new foundation for the two to rekindle and form a new relation.



Xiomara was 16 years old at this time. She was very rebellious, didn't listen to her mother, and was very unlike her future daughter Jane. One day, Xiomara came home and confessed to her mother that she was pregnant. Alba told Xiomara to have an abortion, but Xiomara stood up for herself and kept the baby.


On June 12, the anniversary of her father Mateo's death, Xo wants to go to dinner with her mother to commemorate him, but Alba is devastated and wants time to herself to mourn. Xo calls her then boyfriend Zed to hang out and ends up getting arrested for shoplifting. – Chapter Twenty-Seven


Ten years later, Xiomara is already a grown woman but still a carefree teenager at heart. Her daughter, Jane, is now a young girl that Xo raised with help of her mother. We see that Xiomara does not like that her mother tells Jane to not lose her virginity before getting married. She believes that advice is outdated and judgmental.


Xiomara is seen with Jane. She is doing quite good with raising her. It's seen how Xo is getting ready for a date and Jane is taking care of her, like she's her mother. Later Jane has a pretend-wedding with Xo as the groom.


It sorta feels like... your heart is glowing
—Xo on love[src]
Don't go there Jane. You're too smart for that
—Xo on Jane's relationship with Rafael[src]
My point is, you know what's it's like to be sure
—Xo helping Jane with Rafael's proposal[src]


  • She likes telenovelas[5].
  • She's an aspiring singer[6][7][8][9].
  • She teaches dance to children as her livelihood[10]
  • According to the Narrator, she is inherently dramatic (see Chapter Seven)
  • Libre by Paulina Rubio is Xiomara's anthem[8].
  • She has a leopard print case with rhinestones on her phone


Xiomara Villanueva/Gallery

Notes and references

  1. Chapter Thirteen
  2. Chapter Eleven – Rafael mentions that Xo is a Taurus
  3. Chapter Twenty-Seven – The Narrator says in the flashback that Jane is 14 months and Xiomara is newly 18. This makes Jane's birthday in April 1991 and Xo' is May/early June 1974, as the flashback takes place on June 12.
  4. Chapter Fifty-Five
  5. Pilot
  6. Chapter Six
  7. Chapter Eight
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chapter Nine
  9. Chapter Twenty-Eight
  10. Chapter Seven

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