Doom Patrol star Diane Guerrero discusses Crazy Jane’s Season 4 complicated character arc and how it pertains to Kay Challis.
The following article contains spoilers for Doom Patrol Season 4, Episode 5, “Youth Patrol,” now streaming on HBO Max.
The fourth season of DC’s Doom Patrol sees Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) undergo a significant character shift.
Doom Patrol Season 4 has seen Jane experience something of a sexual awakening, with the superhero even experimenting with physical self-love for the very first time in the show’s most recent episode, “Youth Patrol.” This growth comes with some serious internal conflict, however, given the fact that Kay Challis — the “owner” of Jane’s body — had been physically, emotionally and sexually abused as a child, which caused Jane and her other alters to manifest in the first place. Guerrero spoke about this development at length in a new interview with ComicBook.com.
“We have Jane coming in at a time where Miranda and Kay were abused,” she said. “She’s basically there to say to Kay, ‘Don’t worry there is absolutely no room in this body for any sort of sexual activity or any of that coming to the surface,’ because she sort of comes in with a wall up and she says, ‘Don’t worry, anybody who tries to come close to this body, I will punch them or just berate them until they run home crying.’ That has been Jane’s persona, to have animosity between anyone who comes too close. She doesn’t want to feel too much, that’s not her job. Her job is to protect Kay from any of that, from any sort of trickery that wants to come in as love or as affection. So, to see her drop that and start experimenting because Kay gave her that permission and because she’s also feeling, you learn, she does feel these things.”
Guerrero continued, “That the body does feel these things regardless of who you are and what trauma you have experienced. I find that very interesting and that shame part, that moment when she finds herself in the underground in front of all the personas, I think it’s a great portrayal of how a lot of us would feel in a moment like that that’s very intimate, where you’re not completely free to be yourself and you get put on the spot like that. But I love that. I love that she’s discovering herself in that way. I never thought that Jane would. It is such a big part of growing up. To allow, to acknowledge and be aware of all these feelings and all of these things that happen to the human body and to have the human spirit and something that we really can’t ignore. When we do, we’re not really fully ourselves. I just love that she’s going through that process. I didn’t want her to stage a void of that for the entire show. It’s been new for me to touch upon that subject matter as well.”
Diane Guerrero Praises Doom Patrol’s Humanity
Guerrero concluded by stating that she loves Doom Patrol‘s levity and how the series “shows you this different world, but it’s not so different from our real life. I mean, wacky things happen all the time. We’ve seen this year has been full of just things that don’t really make sense and we can’t make sense out of everything. All we can do is just trust that we are human, trust that we are going to make mistakes, trust that we are just learning, and every day is an opportunity to grow.”
New episodes of Doom Patrol Season 4 drop Thursdays on HBO Max.