Who Is Jenna Ortega? Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Wednesday’ Star

Netflix on Wednesday launched the primary trailer for Wednesday, a brand new Tim Burton-produced Addams Family spinoff collection. The preview places the deal with the titular character, who’s performed by Jenna Ortega.

Though she is simply 19 years previous, Ortega is a well-known face to many individuals, which is evidenced by the 8.3 million followers she has on Instagram. However, Wednesday stands to be the best profile position but of the younger actor’s profession when it debuts on Netflix this fall.

Ortega started her profession as a toddler actor. After some visitor components on tv reveals like CSI: NY and movies like Iron Man 3, she landed a starring position as Young Jane on The CW’s comedy-drama collection Jane the Virgin from 2014 to 2019.

Ortega acquired extra consideration for 2 distinguished roles on the Disney Channel. One was her starring position as Harley Diaz within the collection Stuck within the Middle (2016-2018), whereas the opposite was for voicing Princess Isabel on the animated collection Elena of Avalor (2016-2020).

While she has a big following amongst Disney followers, Ortega can be no stranger to Netflix. She has starred as Ellie Alves within the thriller collection You on the streaming service since 2018. Ortega has been featured in two Netflix movies: The 2020 black comedy/horror function The Babysitter: Killer Queen, directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation), and 2021’s Yes Day, a comedy-drama which co-starred Jennifer Garner.

Jenna Ortega seen at an awards show
In this picture, Jenna Ortega is seen on the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 05, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. Ortega stars within the upcoming “Addams Family” spin-off collection “Wednesday.”
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Ortega’s profile was already on the rise previous to being solid as Wednesday Addams because of her position as Tara Carpenter within the 2022’s Scream, which was the fifth installment within the horror franchise. Not solely did she maintain her personal when sharing the display reverse returning stars Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell, however Ortega was convincing sufficient to win an MTV Movie Award for “Most Frightened Performance.”

Around the identical time, the drama The Fallout was launched on HBO Max, and Ortega acquired optimistic critiques from critics. On the idea of The Fallout and Scream, The Hollywood Reporter declared her the “Next Big Thing” in January 2022.

Away from the display, Ortega is an advocate for LGBTQ+ and immigration rights. She garnered a lot media consideration in 2018 when she wore a jacket that displayed the textual content “I Do Care And U Should Too” to the Radio Disney Music Awards. The assertion was a response to then-first girl Melania Trump carrying a jacket that mentioned “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” when visiting immigrant kids.

The California-born Ortega has additionally spoken proudly of being Latina. In a 2016 Pop Sugar essay, she mentioned described herself as 75 % Mexican and 25 % Puerto Rican.

“As a Latina, there are not as many roles out there for me. When I first started out, it was hard. I was constantly shut down because I did not have the look they were going for. You have to keep pushing. All of the nos I received just motivated me even more,” she mentioned in Pop Sugar.

Recently, Ortega has been treating her Instagram followers with behind-the-scenes snaps from the set of Wednesday.

“Good mourning,” learn her Addams-like pun within the caption for one such picture.

Newsweek reached out to Ortega for remark.

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