"It was a beautiful experience," Camil tells TooFab. "What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful show to be a part of."
In an interview with TooFab, the actor, 46, recalled his "beautiful journey" on the show and what he'll miss most about playing his character, Rogelio De La Vega, father to Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez).
"I think that the brilliance of 'Jane the Virgin' is that no matter how crazy and out of this world our universe is, all the characters believe in that universe so much and so genuinely that you'll buy what they're selling," Camil said.
He added, "No matter how out of this world that is. We genuinely and honestly believe every single situation that the writers throw at us. And we played them honestly and super genuine."
Camil credited his experience on the show to writer-creator Jennie Snyder Urman and her team of writers as well as his amazing cast members, who Camil expressed he'll miss the most.
"We couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with. I mean, they're so good and I'm gonna miss them so much," he told TooFab. "I really enjoyed seeing them every single day like working with them and playing with them and bringing these characters to life and touching people's hearts with all of the things that happen with the 'Jane' universe."
"It was a beautiful experience," he added. "What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful show to be a part of."
Although the CW comedy was often categorized as an "American telenovela," Camil, who got his start in telenovelas in Mexico, said the series may not be a true telenovela, but definitely contains some of the genre's elements, including evil twins and character's coming back from the dead.
However, one thing the show executed flawlessly, Camil said, was its ability to tackle controversial and topical issues in a way that didn't feel forced or preachy. From Alba's emotional process of becoming a legal citizen to Xo's battle with breast cancer, "Jane the Virgin" never shied away from the uncomfortable conversations.
"I think that well -- being a Latino man, of course -- the immigration issue was a big one for me."
He also said he identified as a feminist: "I love my daughter and my wife. And so it was a very feminist-oriented show, which I adore, I love."
"What I love about the issues and how they were brought up into the show was that it wasn't like, 'Oh, we're 'Jane the Virgin,' we're here to educate you on how to do the right thing or the wrong thing,'" he added. "No, it was just like, 'Hey, this is Jennie Urman's stand on this subject.' And you're not right. You're not wrong. You should not feel or lean towards this way or that way. This is just how we feel period. So it was, in my point of view, a very friendly way of bringing up serious subjects, but as you would bring them up over coffee with a friend."
Throughout "Jane's" five seasons, Camil inhabited his role as the kind, warm, yet often narcissistic, telenovela star Rogelio De La Vega.
"I’ll miss the wonderful writing because Rogelio could have gone terribly wrong on paper," Camil said. "The way that Jennie and her writers balance him like you could laugh a lot with him and you can go like, 'Wow, this guy's completely out of this world. He's crazy.'"
"But then at the same time, he touches your heart," he continued, adding that they always kept his storyline fresh. "For some reason, the writing is so well balanced that, thank God, Rogelio is not just like a slapstick."
There are many things we'll miss about Rogelio, but one thing's for sure: nothing will ever top his incredible one-liners.
"Jane the Virgin" Season 5 hits Netflix August 8.
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