7 Facts That Will Surprise You About ‘Wednesday’ Star Jenna Ortega!
Jenna Ortega is no doubt the “it girl” of Hollywood right now. Thanks to the worldwide hit Netflix show Wednesday, she became famous overnight. Even though the first episode of the show came out on November 23, it still rules the streaming platform and has been watched for a total of 1.19 billion hours.
Even though the show brought back interest in well-known actresses like Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Christina Ricci, Ortega got the most praise for her deadpan and sarcastic role as the only daughter of the famous Addams Family.
That, plus the fact that she could dance so well, was just the cherry on top of the cold, black cake.
Since Tim Burton's series Wednesday aired, people have been curious about the viral star. Here are seven facts about Wednesday star Jenna Ortega that may surprise you.
1. She Auditioned for Wednesday in Bloody Makeup
Ortega tried out for the role of the title character while covered in fake blood from the filming of the well-known horror movie X. This sounds like something Wednesday Addams would do.
In an interview with Wired, the actress said that she was supposed to audition over Zoom with Tim Burton, but she didn't have time to take off her scary makeup before the call, so she decided to go ahead with it anyway.
“When I met with Tim Burton on Wednesday, I had a big cut on my face, stage blood, and glycerin sweat in my hair, and I had been up for more than 24 hours,” Ortega said. She said, “I got on Zoom, and he actually laughed.
It was a lucky break.” I found it funny. I liked it because it was cute.” Even if you ignore how great she is as an actress, we're sure Burton knew after that long-distance call that they had found their gothic star.
2. Ortega is a Proud Ambassador of Unaids
After the show, you probably went to Ortega's Instagram, which has 34 million followers, and saw that the actress only has a link to Planned Parenthood in her bio. Ortega doesn't shy away from social issues or breaking taboos.
In honor of her late grandfather, who died of AIDS, she is also a proud ambassador for the NGO UNAIDS, with whom she works closely. In 2017, Ortega gave a speech at WE Day and said, “I want to help get rid of the stigma of AIDS and get people talking about it.
Get it to be normal. Bring it up. It's a disease we all have to deal with.”
3. She’s Nominated for a Golden Globe
The star of “Wednesday” is up for “Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series” for the 2023 Golden Globes. She is being honored along with Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant), Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building), and Jean Smart (Hacks).
4. She Wrote a Book
The young star has a lot of impressive skills and talents, but she is also a published author. Ortega's first book, It's All Love: Reflections for Your Heart and Soul, came out in 2020. She was only 18 years old at the time.
The autobiography has personal stories about her life and talks about religion, mental health, and other things.
From this, it may not surprise you that Ortega loves to write, just like Wednesday Addams, who is writing her own book. She said in an interview with Byrdie, “I love to write.
I always write, and I write about anything. It doesn't matter if I write essays or scripts, but it's a great way to relax.”
5. She Made History When She Was the First Latina to Voice a Disney Princess
Yes, you are right. Ortega has done a lot to make sure Latinas are represented, but voicing Isabel in Elena of Avalor, an animated series on Disney Channel about Disney's first Latina princess may be her most impressive accomplishment.
6. Ortega is a Bad Singer
Jenna Ortega may be one of the most well-known actresses on the Disney Channel, but she is not a singer by trade. When Wired asked Jenna if she could sing, she said: “Not well. I've sung for jobs before, and I'm happy to do it, but I wouldn't want to do it for a living. I'd love to be a person who writes music.”
7. She Can't Get Enough of Stranger Things
Jenna told Talk Nerdy With Us that she is the biggest fan of the popular sci-fi horror film while they were talking. She told the outlet, “I read everyone's theories about the show, and I can't get enough of it.”