Justin Baldoni, Rafael on ‘Jane the Virgin’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Justin Baldoni plays Rafael Solano aka the handsome baby daddy who steals Jane’s heart on Jane the Virgin.

In real life as well, the 30-year-old seems too good to be true.

He is a committed husband, takes his religion seriously and is conscious of making the world a better place.

Here’s what you need to know about the actor.

1. He Thinks ‘Men Make It Difficult for Women to Stay True’

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Baldoni sees the difference between men and women and what drives them and feels that it is hard in today’s society to stay a virgin.

In an interview with Cinemovie, he said, “It’s very hard and I think it’s the man’s fault. We live in such a sexually promiscuous society where everything is based on the physical and it’s completely backwards in my opinion…But I do think men make it very difficult for women to stay true.”

On Jane the Virgin, he plays Rafael, who is Jane’s accidental baby daddy.

The actor, who was on The Bold and the Beautiful, had taken a break from acting and was holding out for the perfect role.

He told Backstage:

I had taken a break from acting, to be honest; a little over two years I’d been away to start my production company [Wayfarer Entertainment]… My career was going the director way, but I said to my wife and my manager, ‘If something’s really good that supports our mission, yes, I’d love to.’ Jane The Virgin was the second thing that I auditioned for.

2. He Made an Elaborate Proposal Video

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He married Swedish actress Emily Foxler in 2013. To ask her to be his wife, he made a 27-minute viral video, which included singing boy band songs, a flash mob and flying her mother in from Sweden.

Foxler arrived at the Blu Jam Cafe, the site of their first date, and was seated at a table decorated with candles.

Baldoni didn’t show, but a TV monitor was wheeled in front of his future wife with the video he had intricately prepared.

“He’s the master of surprises,” Foxler told ET.

3. He Founded a Socially Conscious Media Company

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He founded Wayfarer Entertainment with his friend, “trying to make content that makes people happy.”

In the video above, he explains his newest social experiment, Good 30, whose goal is to make someone happy.

Participants can upload a video of a good deed they accomplished using the hashtag #Good30.
The results will be compiled into the “longest crowd-sourced viral video in the history of the internet world.”

All the money from the project will be donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

4. He Prays

While he’s filming, he always makes time to remind himself of his bigger purpose in life.

He told Backstage:

My little secret before I do every scene is I say a short little prayer. I’m Bahá’í and the Bahá’í faith says the reason we’re in existence is to be of service. The prayer is ‘Oh God, make me a hollow reed, from which the pith of self has been blown so I may become a clear channel through which thy love flows unto others.’ I just want to be able to be a channel for whatever’s to come through, so I try to take myself out of it as much as I can. As actors, we’re insecure and faking it all the time—it’s a reminder that it’s not about me in the show, but to be of service in some way.

5. He Created ‘My Last Days’

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The docuseries shows what life is like for terminally ill patients and their families.

The clip from the series, shown above, shows Zach Sobiech a 17 year old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, who has months to live.

To make the shorts, Baldoni partnered with Rainn Wilson’s initiative, SoulPancake.

He told Daily Candid News about the purpose of his work:

I think My Last Days is one of those rare shows that hits every audience because the topic is one that applies to all of us. There’s not one human being on this planet that isn’t touched or affected by death. It’s hard to think about sometimes, but there really is only one thing that is guaranteed in life, and that is at some point it will end. But why does it have to be a bad, or horrible thing? There’s a quote in the Baha’i writings that states, “I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve?” We always hear that we should start “live like we’re dying,” but how often do we really do it? I believe that the world needed some inspiration. We live in an era where procrastination is the norm, and we always wait until the last minute to do the things we want to do. I think Zach was the perfect person to inspire us all to not take life for granted. If a 17-year-old could smile, laugh, and love in the face of death, then why can’t we?

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