Jenna Ortega

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Jenna Ortega
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Ortega in a promotional message for ATTN: to prevent the Coronavirus in 2020
Jenna Marie Ortega

(2002-09-27) September 27, 2002 (age 17)[1]
Years active2012–present
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Jenna Marie Ortega[2] (born September 27, 2002[1]) is an American actress. She first became known for her role as Young Jane on The CW romantic comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin (2014–19). She then received recognition for her role as Harley Diaz on the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle (2016–18), for which she won an Imagen Award in 2018. She has since starred as Ellie Alves on the Netflix thriller series You (2019), and currently voices Princess Isabel on the Disney Channel animated series Elena of Avalor (2016–2020).[3][4] Her works in film include starring as Annie in the supernatural horror film Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), as Mary Ann in the direct-to-video film The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014), as Dawn in the drama film Saving Flora (2018), and as Phoebe in the Netflix film The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020).

Aside from acting, Ortega has been noted for her activism as well as her public image and fashion sense, and is registered across various social media, being an active personality.[5]

Early life[edit]

Jenna Ortega was born on September 27, 2002 in Coachella Valley, California, the fourth of six children.[1] Ortega's father is of Mexican American descent and her mother is of Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestry.[6][7]


2012–2015: Early roles[edit]

Ortega had become interested in acting from the age of six.[8] By the age of eight, with her mother's help and agents, she eventually began receiving auditions,[4] and soon made her acting debut with a guest appearance for Rob, in the episode "Baby Bug."[9] Following this was an appearance on CSI: NY on the episode "Unspoken" as Aimee Moore.[10] Ortega later made her film debut with a minor role in the superhero movie Iron Man 3 as the vice president's daughter. Following this, Ortega starred in the horror film Insidious: Chapter 2, the third film of the Insidious franchise, as Annie, a supporting role. Both films were successful at the box-office.[11][12]

In 2014, Ortega had a recurring role on the series Rake, playing Zoe Leon. In the same year, she was cast in the recurring role of the younger version of Jane on the romantic-drama series Jane the Virgin throughout the entirety of the show's run.[13] In the same year, she starred as Mary Ann in the direct-to-video comedy film The Little Rascals Save the Day. In the year following, Ortega was cast for the Netflix original series Richie Rich as part of the main cast, playing Darcy, Richie's best friend.[14] Her character was a gold digger, that would spend Richie's money even without his consent. The show was panned, overall attaining generally negative reviews.[15][16] In the same year, she appeared in the film After Words as Anna Chapa.[17]

2016–present: Breakthrough and current work[edit]

From 2016 to 2018,[18] Ortega then went on to star on the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle as Harley Diaz, the lead role of the show, the character being the middle child of the seven Diaz siblings, throughout the show's run.[19] The show was well received, and Ortega received an Imagen Award for her performance, as well as being nominated for two others.[20][21] In the same year, she joined the cast on Disney's Elena of Avalor, as the voice of Princess Isabel. This role earned her another Imagen Award nomination in 2019.[21]

In 2017, she starred in the music video for the single "Chapstick", which was performed by and also stars Jacob Sartorius.[22] In the video, Ortega played Sartorius's love interest, which managed to gain significant media coverage.[23] In 2018, Ortega starred in the film Saving Flora as the lead role of Dawn, the daughter of a circus owner.[24][25] The film was critically acclaimed, and for her performance, she received an award nomination at the Southampton International Film Festival.[26] In January 2019, Ortega had been cast in the main role of Ellie Alves, the sister of Delilah Alves, on the second season of the Netflix thriller series You, which was released on December 26, 2019.[27][28][29] In You, her character is a smart and meddling girl who likes to act older than her true age.[30] The season, alike to the show's first season, was well received.[31]

Ortega will next star as a main role in the upcoming-comedy movie Yes Day, slated to release in 2020.[32] In October 2019, she was cast in a role on the Netflix horror film The Babysitter: Killer Queen, which was released on September 10, 2020.[33][34] In February 2020, it was announced that she will lead the upcoming high-school drama film The Fallout.[35] In July 2020, Ortega joined the cast of the upcoming thriller film Songbird.[36] She will also voice Brooklyn in the upcoming Netflix animated series Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous.[37] In August 2020, Ortega was cast in an undisclosed role on the fifth Scream film,[38][39] which will be released on January 14, 2022,[40][41] and will also make her writing debut with the book It's All Love planned for a 2021 release.[42]

Public image[edit]

In the media[edit]

Ortega uses her platforms on social media to promote support towards immigrants and politics involving them.[43] Her fashion sense has received significant attention, with many praising her for her various attire and her general outlook, and in 2020 the magazine Hola! dubbed her the "red carpet darling" in recognition of her style.[44]

In 2018, at the Radio Disney Music Awards, Ortega wore a jacket, which displayed the words "I Do Care And U Should Too" in response to first lady Melania Trump's apparel when she went to visit immigrant children who were being housed without their parents, which said "I Really Don't Care. Do U?".[43] The stand gained significant media coverage. Ortega told Forbes: "I remember I was going through the news on my phone and I saw what Melania wore on the way to visit the immigrant children. I was so deeply offended and right there at that moment I knew what I wanted my statement to be..."


Ortega is a supporter of Pride Over Prejudice, a campaign that promotes acceptance towards the LGBT community.[45] She has also stated that she is against anti-immigration and discrimination.[46] Ortega told Teen Vogue: “It’s important to embrace your culture today because there are so many different ethnicities in America. At the end of the day, you are you. You’ve got to stay true to yourself, and you can’t change yourself in order to fit in or to make someone else feel comfortable.”[46]

Across 2019, Ortega appeared at numerous WE Day concerts across the United States and Canada to benefit WE Charity.[47]



Ortega has cited her Jane The Virgin co-star Gina Rodriguez as an inspiration.

Ortega cites actress Gina Rodriguez, whom she worked with on the television drama Jane The Virgin, as one of her major influences.[48] She stated that she admires Rodriguez for her story being similar to hers, and for her efforts and ability.[49] Ortega told magazine Latina in 2016: "I look up to Gina Rodriguez because, like me, she did not have a connection to the business, we are both Latinas who do not come from money and did not have an easy way in. She speaks openly about the challenges of being a Latina actress and how Latin actors are not represented on screen the way they should be. She has proven that hard work pays off, and I admire that."



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Iron Man 3 Vice President's daughter
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Annie
2014 The Little Rascals Save the Day Mary Ann
2015 After Words[17] Anna Chapa
2018 Saving Flora Dawn
2020 The Babysitter: Killer Queen Phoebe Atwell
TBA Yes Day Katie Torres Post-production[32]
TBA Songbird Izzy Post-production[36]
TBA The Fallout Vada Post-production[50]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Rob Girl Episode: "The Baby Bug"[9]
2012 CSI: NY Aimee Moore Episode: "Unspoken"[10]
2014 Rake Zoe Leon Recurring role
2014–2019 Jane the Virgin Young Jane Villanueva (age 12) Recurring role; 27 episodes
2015 Richie Rich Darcy Main role
2016–2018 Stuck in the Middle Harley Diaz Lead role
2016–2020 Elena of Avalor Princess Isabel Main voice role[51]
2016 Elena and the Secret of Avalor Princess Isabel Voice role; Television film
2018 Bizaardvark Izzy Episode: "The BFF (Before Frankie Friend)"
2019–2020 Big City Greens Gabriella Espinosa Voice role; 2 episodes
2019 You Ellie Alves Main role (season 2)[27]
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Princess Buttercup Episode: "The Fire Swamp"
2020 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Brooklynn Upcoming series; main voice role[37]

Music video[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2016 Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – Television Stuck in the Middle Nominated [52]
2018 Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – Television Stuck in the Middle Won [53]
2018 Southampton International Film Festival Best Lead Actress in a Feature Saving Flora Nominated [26]
2019 Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – Television Stuck in the Middle Nominated [21]
Best Young Actor – Television Elena of Avalor Nominated [21]


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