Source: Bathing suit by Lucky Brand. Skirt by Silence + Noise. Cuff and belt by Charles Albert.

As you come around the last bend in the narrow road that leads to a funky A-frame on a ridgetop in the Hollywood Hills, it sounds like a weekday house party is going on. Tucked onto the hillside like a crow’s nest, the house remains calmly perched despite a swarm of hustling crew members. Yards of cable, lighting and a colorful array of props are splayed all around the structure, from which music and laughter burst forth.

In front of the living room window that offers a view of the sprawling San Fernando Valley, Yael Grobglas—the doe-eyed, lissome star of The CW’s hit Jane the Virgin—is doing a subdued but energetic boogie of sorts as Dexys Midnight Runners’ 1982 hit “Come on Eileen” pours out of a boom box and a crew member on a ladder showers her with confetti.

There’s a very good reason for this celebratory setup. Now in the midst of her third season as ’s anti-heroine Petra, Grobglas, along with the show, has become Petra (still with us?)—a rich but daunting assignment for any actor.

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