Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) will discover that Josh’s (Vincent Rodriguez III) girlfriend is really cool in a new episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
Previews for the new episode introduce Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) as a perfect 10 knockout of a girlfriend that will most definitely feed into Rebecca’s inferiority complex, but Ruiz explains to Zap2it that there’s a lot more to Valencia than yoga moves.
“[Valenica] is from West Covina. She has her way of life that makes her feel like she has control over. She has a long term relationship with Josh. It’s been on and off with their relationship. She loves him, but it’s that long term relationship of trying to find out where they are now,” she explains.
“That’s where Rebecca intercepts the story that they’ve had for such a long time. We all know at least one woman like that where, ‘Oh, she’s so beautiful’ but she also has some things that she’s insecure about. She protects herself.”
Even if Valencia is competitive, as Rebecca latches on to Josh’s girlfriend the two develop a relationship that you wouldn’t expect from two women in love with the same man.
“Valencia susses out the situation when she meets [Rebecca], but as you’ll see in the episode she discovers that [they] have things in common. The team is really smart at discussing things in the writing with real life situations like why are we a society as women projected as competitive? Why do we have to be competitive?,” Ruiz says. “They really do in the writing give them a chance to discover each other.”
In fact, it is Rebecca and Valencia’s unexpected friendship that attracted Ruiz most to the role.
“I related to their relationship to each other. They were so new to each other and their dynamic was so different. I was attracted to that first,” she says. “I was learning how Valencia was and I feel like her and I do have things in common. It’s fun to just feel natural in the sense that she likes putting pretty things on and can be the girlfriend as well as have a crazy friend.”
To sweeten the deal Ruiz will get to star in some of the show’s outrageous musical numbers — starting with a Bollywood routine entitled “I’m So Good at Yoga.”
“Rebecca, she kind of invites herself to Valencia’s yoga class. From Rebecca’s point of view, which is told with the song and dance, Valencia gets this really beautiful Bollywood number called ‘I’m So Good at Yoga,'” Ruiz teases. “There are a lot of opportunities for Valencia to shake it this season.”
That mix of musical theater with a relatable storyline is why Ruiz thinks that “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is a must-see show of the season.
“Aline [Brosh McKenna] and Rachel [Bloom] have come up with this fantastic idea to put their talents — they’ve joined forces to create a dark comedy with musical theater. Just like creating something that’s never been seen before is worth viewing.”
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.