Jenna Ortega is a beautiful American child star who has proven beyond doubt that she has the stuff celebrities are made of. Whatever that is, Jenna seems to possess it in great measure. Starting from her early beginnings in the entertainment industry, she has only climbed higher on the ladder of fame and has undoubtedly secured a place in the heart of her myriad of fans.
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Who is Jenna Ortega, How Old is She?
Jenna Marie Ortega is an actress who has starred in a handful of movies mostly on the Disney channel and thus could be regarded as a Disney princess.
She was born as the middle child on September 27, 2002, in Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, California, the USA in a family of eight. Her mother, Natalie Ortega is a social media influencer and her siblings include Markus, Mia, Aaliyah, Isaac, and Mariah. She belongs to mixed ethnicity (Mexican and Puerto Rican descent), something she is very proud of.
Jenna, unlike many kids at six years who are uncertain of what they would want to do in life but rather live in the fantasies of their childhood, already knew what she was going to be doing for a long time by that age. She indicated her interest in acting at the age of 6 and was helped by some agents and her mother who initially thought her daughter was only daydreaming to score auditions by the time she turned 8.
Thus began her journey to the showbiz world where she landed roles in numerous TV shows and movies.
Her Movies and TV Shows
After she debuted on television in 2012 in the sitcom Rob which was followed by other shows, Jenna made her film debut the next year – 2013 in a superhero film, Iron Man 3 as the Vice President’s daughter alongside Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow. The film which is based on the Marvel Comics character, Iron Man was highly successful at the box office, grossing $1.215 billion which is far beyond the $200 million that was budgeted for it.
In the same year, she also appeared in a James Wan-directed supernatural horror film, Insidious: Chapter 2. Like its counterpart, the movie was also a high grossing one. Beyond the $5 million that was budgeted for it, it raked in a whopping $161.9 million at the box office.
Her other films include After Words (2015) and a direct-to-video comedy film, The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014). The movie co-starred Doris Roberts, Drew Justice, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.
Jenna Ortega has proved her worth on TV, appearing in a number of astounding roles. She appeared in an episode each of Rob and CSI: New York during her start-up stage in Hollywood. As the years passed by and she proved herself a force to reckon with in the acting, she landed recurring and even main roles on some favorite TV shows.
The shows Rake (a recurring role), Richie Rich (the main role), Elena and the Secret of Avalora (main role as Princess Isabel), CW’s Jane the Virgin (recurring role), Stuck in the Middle (lead role), ABC’s Man of the House (lead role) are some of her works.
|MOVIE/TV SHOWS TITLE||YEAR||ROLE|
|CSI: New York||2012||Aimee Moore|
|Iron Man 3||2013||Vice President’s daughter|
|Insidious: Chapter 2||2013||Annie|
|The Little Rascals Save the Day||2014||Mary Ann|
|Know it All||2014|
|Jane the Virgin||2014-present||Young Jane (10-years-old)|
|After Words||2015||Anna Chapa|
|Elena and the Secret of Avalor||2016||Princess Isabel|
|Elena of Avalor||2016-present||Princess Isabel (voice)|
|Stuck in the Middle||2016-present||Harley Diaz|
|Man of the House||2018||Elena|
Jenna Ortega on Immigration and Racism
Coming from a background that is Puerto Rican and Mexican have greatly influenced the actress’s views on social acceptance and prejudice. She strongly advocates for social change and challenges discrimination in whatever facet it may be presented. When she was 13, she appeared in a live.ly stream where she promoted the Pride Over Prejudice campaign from DoSomething.org. Through the campaign, she helped activate thousands of teenagers to drown out xenophobia by promoting pride in their background.
Jenna is a strong believer in positive self-image and acceptance. She is also a lover of culture and opines the importance of embracing one’s culture even in the midst of an ethnically diverse society as America.
Jenna Ortega’s Height and Fun Facts
She has a dog named Anna.
She is 5′ 1″ tall which suits perfectly her 43 kg (95 pounds) weight giving her a chic look.
Jenna admits to being shy and says her shyness sometimes makes her look unapproachable. To cure the trait, her mother always reminds her to keep a smile on her face whenever they go out.
Being the fourth of six children, she relates well to her Stuck in the Middle (a show told from Harley’s perspective) character Harley Diaz.
Her character Harley is a creative and engineering whiz kid who is navigating life as the middle child in the family.
Her favorite Disney movie is The Lion King while her favorite food is pizza.
Having Puerto Rican blood running in her veins may be one of the reasons why she considers the place as one she would like to visit most.
She has 3.6 million followers on her Instagram account and over 6 million on her jenna0rtega musical.ly account.
Her hobbies include cheerleading, playing soccer, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jenna may not have mentioned anything as per her relationship, but the cutie is linked to an American singer, Jacob Sartorius who she usually hangs out with, and posts several pictures of them on her social media. She also starred in the singer’s music video for his hit song Chapstick in 2017.