After working on “Stuck in the Middle,” Jenna Ortega stated in 2019 that she wants to “break away” from the Disney Channel mould. It’s reasonable to say that she has accomplished that and more over the last few years. The blockbuster Netflix comedy “Wednesday,” based on the well-known Addams Family figure, in which Ortega most recently appeared, is getting ready for a second season. Following her outstanding performance as Tara Carpenter in the 2022 adaptation of “Scream,” called “Scream 5,” the newly crowned Gen Z scream queen also featured in “Scream 6.”
However, prior to her time as the oldest member of the Addams Family and her most recent film role, Ortega put a lot of effort into various roles in the thriller-horror genre, including “The Babysitter: Killer Queen,” “You,” “Studio 666,” and A24’s “X.” In December 2019, Ortega, a former Disney star who now works in horror films, told POPSUGAR that “my goal in acting was I never wanted to be pigeonholed into a certain character type.”
With her upcoming picture, “Winter Spring Summer or Fall,” which she also produced, the performer appears to be adhering to the adage. It might surprise you to learn that Ortega isn’t a big rom-com lover. In the cover article for Elle’s April 2023 issue, she admitted, “I hate being googoogaga over a boy.” “I believe it’s secretly a matter of pride. The fact that many female characters are guy-oriented or that their expressions and emotions are based on a guy’s perspective and story is a problem.
The actor Ortega has demonstrated her versatility over the course of her ten-year Hollywood career (she is just 20 years old, by the way). She may switch between portraying an innocent adolescent in “Yes Day” to pursuing a murder suspect while writing her own murder mysteries as Wednesday or hunting dinosaurs in “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous”. Overall, it’s obvious that Ortega is only beginning.
See all of Ortega’s significant film and television roles to date by reading on.
— Additional reporting by Eden Arielle Gordon and Emily Weaver
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “American Carnage”
In this horror film, Ortega plays Camila, one of a group of undocumented immigrant children who are promised they may avoid legal consequences by working in a nursing facility. However, it soon becomes apparent that something far more terrible is going on within the house, and the children find themselves attempting to flee a sinister government-led scheme.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Big City Greens”
Ortega is Gabriella’s voice in “Big City Greens.” Cricket Green and his family are the subject of the Disney animated series. They recently relocated from a tiny rural community to a large city. Cricket’s new romantic interest is Gabriella. The show has been renewed for a fourth season and a Disney musical spinoff, according to Deadline. It’s unknown if Ortega’s persona will take part in either.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Elena of Avalor”
Jenna Ortega has been Princess Isabel’s voice actress on the Disney animated series “Elena of Avalor” since 2016 and currently. She portrays Elena, the adolescent princess who was the first Latina princess in Disney, as her witty younger sister.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Jane the Virgin”
Jenna Ortega’s breakthrough performance was her five-season recurring part as the teenage Jane Villanueva on The CW’s popular sitcom “Jane the Virgin.” Throughout each of the show’s five seasons, she appeared as Jane in flashback scenes.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Richie Rich”
The Netflix series “You” wasn’t Jenna Ortega’s first significant performance. She played Richie’s opulent best friend Darcy in the 2015 revival of “Richie Rich,” which included her as one of the main protagonists. Because of its failure, the programme only lasted one season.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Saving Flora”
Jenna Ortega plays the adolescent daughter of a circus owner who saves an elderly elephant from being put to death in the little-seen drama “Saving Flora.” On their trip to an elephant preserve, the two flee into the jungle and come with hazards.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Scream”
In the fifth entry of the Scream franchise, Ortega was one of many new characters. She plays Tara, a Woodsboro High student who is unnervingly connected to Ghostface’s real identity. In the sixth Scream film, which enters theatres on March 10, 2023, she will reprise her role.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Stuck in the Middle”
The Disney Channel sitcom “Stuck in the Middle,” in which Jenna Ortega played Harley Diaz, the middle child of seven siblings, gave her her first fully developed major role. From 2016 to 2018, the programme earned Ortega three Imagen Award nominations, and she won one of them.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Studio 666”
“Studio 666” follows the Foo Fighters as they set up shop in a LA mansion to record their upcoming rock album. The song was inspired by eerie genuine events. They are unaware that the house is haunted. Frontman Dave Grohl starts having encounters with ghosts and other paranormal entities as the recording process gets going. Being a part of another band, Ortega plays a supporting role.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “The Babysitter: Killer Queen”
Following “The Babysitter’s” enormous popularity and cult following, Netflix released “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” in 2020. Ortega plays a pregnant high school student who may or may not have killed her parents in the horror sequel. She becomes acquainted with Cole, who plays the lead role in the movie.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “The Fallout”
In Ortega’s career, “The Fallout” has come to represent a turning point. Her adolescent protagonist Vada miraculously escapes a school shooting by taking cover in a lavatory cubicle. From there, the movie shows how Vada handles her trauma.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Wednesday”
The eldest daughter of the Addams Family, Wednesday, is played by Ortega in Netflix’s portrayal of the legendary character’s teenage years. In the programme, Wednesday moves in at the exclusive school where her parents first met, only to become involved in a bizarre murder case. In season two of the Netflix series, Ortega is expected to carry on Wednesday’s narrative.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “Yes Day”
In the Netflix family comedy “Yes Day,” Ortega plays the on-screen daughter of Edgar Ramrez and Jennifer Garner. She is the oldest of her siblings at 14 years old and wishes her parents would finally treat her like an adult.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “You”
The second season of “You” would not have existed without Ortega’s Ellie Alves. Ellie is essentially rearing herself since she has no parents and an older sister who frequently disappears. She has a harsh exterior and isn’t afraid to chastise Joe Goldberg, her new neighbour. Ellie doesn’t show up in “You” seasons three or four, despite the fact that her plot is interwoven with numerous important main characters in season two.
Jenna Ortega Movies and TV Shows: “X”
Ortega plays the part of Lorraine, a devoted girlfriend in this slasher movie. She consents to accompany her boyfriend on his journey to a small Texas town where he and several actors intend to shoot an adult movie. When their hosts discover what they are doing, things turn for the worst.
“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous”
Since the animated series “Jurassic World Camp: Cretaceous” debuted on Netflix in 2020, Ortega has provided Brooklynn’s voice. She portrays one of six teenagers selected to attend Camp Cretaceous, a brand-new adventure camp close to Isla Nublar. These campers are unaware that dinosaurs are consuming the island. Netflix released Season 5 in the summer of 2022.