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If you had not heard the name of Jenna Ortega, it is likely that now you will see it even in the soup. The 20-year-old actress is the sensation of the moment after playing the iconic merlin addams in the hit series Netflix, ‘Wednesday’directed by Tim Burtonwhich broke the record for the most hours watched in a week for a series in English, surpassing the fourth season of stranger things.
In this story, which derives from the fun saga of Los Locos Addams, Ortega plays the gothic teen par excellence, a role that does not seem like a coincidence if we consider that the career of this young promise is made up of a long list of horror and suspense productions.
And it is that before Jenna became the new muse of the director of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’was already known by lovers of horror as the ‘scream queen’ of generation Z, and all thanks to their performances in movies like scream 5, Studio 666 Y X.
From Disney girl to Merlina Addams
Ortega entered the horror genre at an early age with a brief involvement in Insidious: Chapter 2 in 2013. He would not return to the screens until several years later, but this time to star in the Disney Chanel series Stuck in the Middlewhile also playing the young Jane Villanueva on the hit CW series, Jane the Virgin.
Jenna also made her first appearance in a Netflix Original in season 2 of the psychological thriller series you, by giving life to Ellie Alves, the 15-year-old neighbor of serial killer Joe Goldberg. Already in 2020, the path seemed to be drawn for the American actress, since she starred in the first Netflix production of her, The Babysitter: Killer Queen.
Needless to say, 2022 was a great year for Jenna Ortega. First as Tara Carpenter in the fifth installment of the franchise screamreleased in January, and later with his unforgettable performance in the slasher Xa thriller set in the 1970s.
Jenna Ortega’s 5 Best Horror Movies
The Nanny: Deadly Queen (2020)
The sequel to Netflix’s 2017 black horror comedy, The Nanny: Killer Queen follows Cole’s story two years after his nanny and her satanic followers attempt to sacrifice him to the devil for eternal success and beauty. Despite the fact that the film was not very well received by the public, the role of Jenna Ortega as Phoebe, the new student, left very good impressions on her work.
Studio Horror 666 (2022)
Jenna Ortega stars as demon rock pioneer Skye Willow in the horror-comedy Foo Fighters Terror in Studio 666, which follows the band as they struggle to record their tenth studio album in a haunted Encino mansion. Filmed as a secret project of Dave Grohl in pandemic, studio 666 It is a spectacle of supernatural forces and quite terrifying paranormal phenomena.
In the fifth installment of this cinematographic classic, the story introduces us to the sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter, played by the Mexican Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega, respectively, 25 years after the massacre in Woodsboro. Both become the new target of ghost facethe legendary ghost-masked killer who will once again stalk a group of teenagers.
Jenna Ortega’s latest installment of the horror genre is also one of the best of her entire career. Already established as an adult ‘scream queen’, Jenna joins Ti West’s erotic horror. ‘X’ follows a group of aspiring 1970s pornographers and actors who decide to shoot their latest adult film project on a dilapidated farmhouse. However, when the homeowner catches them, they must fight to survive. Jenna Ortega plays Lorraine Day, the girlfriend and assistant of an amateur filmmaker who is hired to shoot the movie, while her co-star, mia gothplays an aspiring porn star.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Jenna Ortega’s first horror role came with the horror saga Insidious: Chapter 2 (in Latin America it is known as ‘The night of the devil’). In this story, the Lambert family has moved in with their children, hoping to forget the past and start a new life, however, they begin to experience strange visions related to spirits and forces that are far from their understanding. Although Jenna’s role is quite minor in the film (she plays a girl named Annie in the 1986 film’s flashback), she already glimpsed her natural talent for horror movies.
In a recent interview with Jimmy FallonOrtega admitted to being fascinated by horror movies and even assured that he considers them therapeutic. However, despite his taste for films loaded with blood, violence and terrifying characters, there is a feature film in particular that he has achieved. “trauma” to the californian
It is precisely about insidiousthe director’s saga james wan about a family that is haunted by strange phenomena and a creepy demon. About the tape, Jenna said that it was one of the first horror movies that she really saw and it has several details that have stuck with her.
“I can still see the red-faced demon boy everywhere I go. James Wan obviously knows what he’s doing when it comes to horror, but seeing that as a 12-year-old girl was traumatizing. I have a lot of admiration for that film. ”said Ortega, who was part of the cast of Insidious: Chapter 2 when she was just a child.