Eso es el amor: renunciar el dinero como si fuera nada
Alba describing him to Jane
Mateo Villanueva is a guest character on Jane the Virgin. He is portrayed by Dennis Mencia (as young Mateo) and Roel Navarro (as older Mateo).



Alba at 25 years old

Mateo Villanueva came from a family of riches from Venezuelan oil. He and his brothers fought about the family wealth and Mateo gave it all up and decided to move to the US, as it was the wish of his wife, Alba Villanueva. Mateo worked very hard to provide for his family and, sadly, died at the young age of 43. He was three years older than Alba and would've been in his 70's now. He presumably died before Xiomara got pregnant.

Mateo Villanueva is described as the love of Alba's life[2], and she is seen mourning the anniversary of his death on June 12, in a flashback[3]. Mateo is described by the Villanuevas as a kindhearted, hardworking man, who put family first.


  • One of the first descriptions of Mateo on the show, is Alba likening Mateo's values to Rafael Solano.[4]
  • Mateo made a Christmas Angel ornament for his family.[5]
  • Jane, his granddaughter, named her son after Mateo.

Physical Appearance

Mateo was of average height, with dark brown hair, warm brown eyes, and a kind smile.




Jane VillanuevaXiomara De La VegaPetraRafael Solano
Mateo Solano VillanuevaAlba VillanuevaMichael Cordero
Rogelio De La Vega
Rose SolanoJane RamosLina SantillanJorge Garcia
Darci FactorBruceEsteban SantiagoAdam Alvaro
Marlene DonaldsonNadine HansonChuck ChesserRoman Zazo
Luisa AlverBaby De La Vega FactorMateo Villanueva
Anna & EllieMagdaAnežka ArchulettaCatalina Mora
Liliana De La VegaManuel De La VegaMia AlverDerek Ruvelle
Elena Di NolaEmilio Solano
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