news culture Wednesday: Who is Jenna Ortega, the lead actress of the Netflix series The Addams Family?
Star of the new Tim Burton series, Jenna Ortega embodies the young Wednesday Addams in Wednesday on Netflix. And this is not the first appearance of the young actress in front of the camera.
- Wednesday, a Netflix project
- First steps on Disney Channel
- The neighbor in You
- A psychological film
Wednesday, a Netflix project
The first season of Wednesday is available since November 23 on the Netflix streaming platform, a scheduled release on the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States. Tim Burton is at the controls of this new adaptation around the universe of the Addams family, centered this time on the character of the young Wednesday. The teenager is entering Nevermore Academy, after being expelled from her old school. She then explores the limits of her psychic abilities and tries to solve an old family affair.
If this emblematic role has long been entrusted to actress Christina Ricci, star of the 90s, it is this time the young Jenna Ortega who takes over the interpretation of the character of Wednesday Addams. A challenge for this 20-year-old actress who considers this project to be the most difficult and most important of her young career. From Disney Channel to Tim Burton, this new horror icon has likely found its place with this register. She also plans to turn to new projects that are a little more dramatic in the future.
First steps on Disney Channel
After a few appearances in Jane The Virgin or The expertsJenna Ortega lands her first role in the sitcom Harley, the least of my worries broadcast on Disney Channel in 2016. She plays Harley Diaz, the youngest of a large family who uses her inventions to stand out. Jenna won the 2018 Imagen Awards in the category “Best Television Actress”. Like many celebrities before her, going through Disney is a great opportunity to start a career as an actress, as evidenced by the striking success of the young woman today. Subsequently, she reveals herself in much darker projects.
The neighbor in You
Jenna Ortega breaks the screen alongside Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti in the second season of the thriller series You. Remember, after killing his girlfriend, the psychopath Joe Goldberg decides to put his bags down in Los Angeles to make a new start. He then meets Ellie, the little sister of his new neighbor. If the character is mentioned several times during season 3, the actress has not yet made an appearance in the rest of the series. According to showrunner Sera Gamble, a door would always be open for a potential return:
Ellie is still in Joe’s life. He sends her money. She hates him, but he sends her money. This door therefore remains open for us. – Sera Gamble
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A psychological film
The film The Fallout reveals the lives of teenagers trying to rebuild themselves after the shooting that hit their high school. Here, Jenna plays the role of Vada. A fairly discreet girl, she has been in total rebellion since the incident she experienced at school, and will go through all kinds of emotions: fear, hatred, sadness, doubt… This film marks the spirits , both in its brutality and its tenderness. The psychological exploration of Veda’s character does justice to the talent of Jenna Ortega who once again delivers a memorable performance.