May 24, 2024
Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega, recently in an interview addressed her struggles with auditions, losing out on roles, and being unfit to industry beauty standards. The Wednesday star’s forthrightness, on how the pressure she faced as an actress and being stereotyped due to her looks resulted in affecting her confidence and self-esteem.

On Wednesday in an online interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Jenna said, “As a child actor, there are two jobs that you can get: you’re either the younger version of someone or you’re playing somebody’s daughter — and there were just not many leading Hispanic actors who I could be that for.” She added while reminiscing about the stress of landing a role, “So a lot of the jobs that I was going for growing up would never work out, because I didn’t look a certain way. That was really hard, to hear that something you couldn’t change was what was preventing you from succeeding.”

Jenna Ortega’s parents are of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. So she knows the hardship people like her had to go through when working in the entertainment industry. She added, “I want all people of Latin descent to be able to see themselves on screen,” Ortega said. “I want to feel that I could open doors for other people.”. She expressed herself as being the pathway to people like her, people struggling without ever being given a chance, and how she wanted to change the status quo.

The actress went further on how, while growing up she learned to own her physical attributes and never let people deter her from achieving her dream and soaring her wings without anyone telling her otherwise.

And it worked as she later got her breakout role, by playing Harley Diaz in the Disney sitcom Stuck in the middle. Later on, she started as Wednesday Adams in a coming-of-age supernatural comedy horror called Wednesday on Netflix, which was the newest iteration of The Addams Family on the comic by Charles Addams in 1938 in The New Yorker.

The role gave her international recognition and the audience showered praises for her performance and playing the role so elegantly, proving that her talent was too bright to be wasted.

After Wednesday’s success, creator Alfred Gough and Miles Millar were only full of praise for Ortega, Gough said “We had a million discussions with Tim before the casting because we were like, ‘If we don’t get the right Wednesday, we’re all screwed.’ Once we got Jenna on board, it was a million discussions with her. We all wanted to do the character justice and make it great. And look, I think the response has been fantastic. She’s now the iconic Wednesday.” Now fans cannot have enough of her, there are fans eagerly waiting for Wednesday Season 2 and they want the iconic star back.

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