+++ Ortega harvests 34.5 million followers on Instagram despite the fact that in 2021 he commented that he deletes the platform from his phone “probably about twice a week”.
+++ “I would have liked to have had a normal adolescence,” explained Ortega.
+++ “I’ve never wanted Wednesday to be in the middle of a love triangle.”
Wednesday Addams is one of the most beloved gothic and horror-comedy characters for several generations. And, specifically, the interpretation of Cristina Ricci in The Addams Family films laid the foundations of a myth whose shadow was very long.
However, there is an actress who, even with the approval of Ricci herself, has managed to dress in those shades and make the famous Merlina or Wednesday her own. This is Jenna Ortega, the actress of the moment.
VOCATION FROM THE CRADLE.
Jenna Ortega was born in the Coachella Valley (California) United States, on September 27, 2002. She is the fourth of six siblings and is of Mexican descent on both parents and Puerto Rican on her mother’s side.
His vocation for acting woke up early, when he was only six years old. For this reason, since she was little she focused on that path and, at the same time, the actress admits that she would have liked to have some experiences typical of a normal girl and adolescent.
“I’m lucky to be working even in times like these… But I feel sorry for the kids like me who are missing out on prom who can’t have the high school experience or birthday parties they wanted. Because I think it’s such an important part of life that I missed out on and I wish I had it,” she said in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
At eight years old, Jenna was already auditioning for her first castings. In 2012 she appeared in an episode of the series “CBS Rob”. She also had another episodic role on the series “CSI: NY.” And her first film job was in 2013 in “Iron Man 3”.
That same year, Marvel jumped into terror working on “Insidious: Chapter 2.” A year later, he had his first recurring role on a series, “Rake.” Also in 2014 she was cast in the cast of “Jane the Virgin” and in the comedy “The Little Rascals Save the Day.”
In 2015, Ortega became part of the main cast of the Netflix series “Richie Rich” and also for the movie “After Words.” From 2016 to 2018 she was the lead in the Disney Channel series “Stuck in the Middle”.
In 2019, he showed his terrifying talent again when he worked on the Netflix movie “The Babysitter: Killer Queen”. In 2021 we could see her in movies like “Yes Day” and “The Fallout”, while in 2022 she continued the path of fear with “Scream 5” and “Studio 666”.
THE MOST VIRAL ADDAMS GIRL.
But the role that has catapulted Jenna Ortega to international fame has been that of Wednesday Addams (Merlina in Latin America and Miércoles in Spain) in the Tim Burton series for Netflix, “Wednesday”.
The success of the series has made it the second most watched on Netflix, the most watched at the moment in 100 countries and the one with the best premiere in its first week. Jenna’s interpretation, acclaimed by both critics and her fans, has also made her grow on social networks.
Ortega harvests 34.5 million followers on Instagram despite the fact that in 2021 he commented that he deletes the platform from his phone “probably about twice a week,” he told InStyle.
One of the scenes that has transcended the most is that of the famous dance of the protagonist, whose choreography was devised by Jenna Ortega herself. On TikTok, users replaced the song from the series, “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps, with “Bloody Mary” by Lady Gaga, making both the theme and the dance go viral by becoming a challenge on the platform.
It has recently been discovered that Jenna recorded the scene while sick with covid, and that she is not satisfied with the result either: “I felt very insecure about it… I choreographed it myself and I think it is clear that I am not a dancer or a choreographer,” she said in a video posted on Netflix’s TikTok profile.
Another of the details that has made the most impression on the actress is the look of the character, about which she has also spoken: “during the first two weeks of filming I took a shot in which I didn’t blink at all and Tim Burton said ‘I don’t want to that you blink more’. Even though I hadn’t done it consciously, it just happened,” she said in an interview with Vogue.
Jenna explained how exhausting the shoot was: “A normal day on set was waking up at 4:30 am, to be picked up at 5:20 am. I had to go directly to the set to start recording.”
In addition, “we worked 12 hours a day and ate when we could, because then I had to prepare the action scenes,” explained the actress, who also confessed to Wired that she had to stop being vegan during her stay in Romania, where the film was filmed. Serie.
AUTHENTICITY, ABOVE ALL.
Another thing that Jenna Ortega has stood out for is her sincerity. For example, in a round of questions and answers with Netflix, the young woman revealed that she refused to say one of the phrases in the script, specifically: “My God, I’m going crazy for a dress, I literally hate myself” .
On this, Ortega explained: “I felt that we could avoid many dialogues of this type to try to make Wednesday more human.” And it has not been his only confession in this regard, since she has also revealed in an interview with Etalk the part that she liked the least about the series.
It’s about the love triangle between her character with Xavier and Tyler: “I told them from the beginning that I didn’t want her to be in the middle of something like that,” adding that “guys are probably the last thing on Wednesday’s mind.”
With this authenticity, it is not surprising that Jenna is very reserved about her private life, to the point that it is not known if she has a partner or not. It has been rumored that she is in a relationship with her co-star Hunter Doohan, but he is married and everything points to a simple friendship between him and Ortega.
Of course, the actress has not hesitated to confess between jokes what her youthful platonic love was: “I fell in love with Barack Obama to the point that I was obsessed with him and I saw him on television with eyes of love,” she revealed for Deadline.
Ortega has also made clear her claiming position with her Latin roots, preferring not to accept roles that give a negative image of her culture and people: “I don’t want to play a servant or the daughter of a cartel boss, I prefer to play a powerful character in a positive way,” he told Cosmopolitan.
Thus, with things clear and fame in full swing, Jenna Ortega is now one of the new youth icons and a consecrated promise of acting. Surely, her career will last many more Wednesdays.