Jenna Ortega is a beautiful American children’s star who has proven beyond a doubt that she has the stuff that celebrities are made of. Whatever this is, Jenna seems to possess it to a very high degree. 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 hearts of her countless fans.
Do you want to know more about this super kid? Read on to find out everything there is to know.
Who is Jenna Ortega, How Old is She?
Jenna Marie Ortega is an actress who has starred in a number of films, mainly on the Disney Channel, and could, therefore, be considered a Disney Princess.
She was born as a middle child on September 27, 2002, in Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, California, 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 a mixed ethnic group (of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent), which she is very proud of.
Unlike many children at the age of six who are unsure what they want to do in life, but rather live in the fantasies of their childhood, Jenna at this age knew for a long time what she would do. At the age of 6, she showed her interest in acting and was supported by some agents and her mother, who initially thought that her daughter only dreamed of auditions until she was 8 years old.
Thus began her journey into the world of showbiz, where she landed roles in numerous television shows and films.
Her Movies and TV Shows
After debuting on TV in 2012 in the sitcom Rob, which was followed by other shows, Jenna debuted the next year – 2013 in a superhero movie, Iron Man 3 as the daughter of the vice president alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film, based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, was very successful at the box office and generated gross proceeds of $1.215 billion, well over the $200 million budgeted for it.
In the same year, she also appeared in the supernatural horror movie Insidious: Chapter 2, directed by James Wan. Like its counterpart, this film was also a film with high revenues. Beyond the 5 million dollars budgeted for it, it brought in a whopping 161.9 million dollars at the box office.
Her other films include After Words (2015) and the video comedy The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014). The film starred Doris Roberts, Drew Justice, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.
Jenna Ortega has proven her worth on television and has appeared in a number of amazing roles. She appeared in one episode each of Rob and CSI: New York during her early days in Hollywood. As the years went by and she proved to be a force to be reckoned with in acting, she landed recurring and even leading roles in some popular television shows.
The shows Rake (a recurring role), Richie Rich (the lead), Elena and the Secret of Avalora (lead as Princess Isabel), CW’s Jane the Virgin (recurring role), Stuck in the Middle (lead), ABC’s Man of the House (lead) 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
The Puerto Rican and Mexican background has strongly influenced the actress’s views on social acceptance and prejudices. She is a strong advocate of social change and challenges discrimination, in whatever facet it may be. When she was 13 years old, she appeared on a live.ly stream promoting DoSomething.org’s Pride Over Prejudice campaign. Through the campaign, she helped activate thousands of teenagers to drown out xenophobia by promoting pride in their background.
Jenna strongly believes in positive self-image and acceptance. She is also a culture lover and believes in the importance of making one’s culture one’s own even in the midst of an ethnically diverse society like America.
Jenna Ortega’s Height and Fun Facts
She has a dog named Anna.
She is 5′ 1″ tall, which fits perfectly with her weight of 43 kg (95 pounds) and gives her a chic look.
Jenna admits to being shy and says her shyness sometimes makes her look unapproachable. To cure this trait, her mother always reminds her to keep a smile on her face when they go out.
Being the fourth of six children, she is good with her character Stuck in the Middle (a series told from Harley’s perspective) Harley Diaz.
Her character Harley is a creative and technical genius who controls life as the middle child in the family.
Her favorite Disney movie is The Lion King, while her favorite food is pizza.
The fact that Puerto Rican blood runs in her veins could be one of the reasons why she considers this place to be the one she would most like to visit.
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.
Her idol of celebrities is the son of David and Victoria Beckham, Romeo Beckham.
Jenna may not have mentioned anything about their relationship, but the cute one is connected to an American singer, Jacob Sartorius, with whom she usually hangs out and publishes several pictures of them in her social media. She also played the lead role in the singer’s music video for his 2017 hit Chapstick.