Jenna Ortega

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Jenna Ortega
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Ortega as Harley Diaz on Stuck in the Middle
Jenna Marie Ortega[1]

(2002-09-27) September 27, 2002 (age 16)[2]
Years active2012–present
TelevisionStuck in the Middle
Elena of Avalor
AwardsImagen Award for Best Actor - Television
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Jenna Marie Ortega[1] (born September 27, 2002[2]) is an American actress. She has portrayed Harley Diaz on Disney Channel show Stuck in the Middle, Young Jane on Jane the Virgin, and Princess Isabel in the Disney Channel animated television series Elena of Avalor.[3][4]

Ortega began her career at the age of 9, with guest appearances on television series Rob and CSI: NY. She then gained notoriety for her recurring role on Jane the Virgin and soon got her first role of a main cast in Netflix series Richie Rich. She then gained international credibility and fame after starring as the lead role in Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle and starring as a main character in Disney Channel series Elena of Avalor. She will star next in the second season of the Netflix thriller series You.

Early life[edit]

Jenna Ortega was born on September 27, 2002 in Coachella Valley, California, the fourth of six siblings.[2] Ortega's father is of Mexican American descent and her mother is of mixed Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestry.[5][6] Ortega had become interested in acting from the age of six. By the age of eight, with her mother's help and agents, Ortega eventually began receiving auditions.[4]


Ortega started by making appearances on various television and films. She made a guest appearance for Rob, in the episode "Baby Bug."[7] Following this was an appearance on CSI: NY on the episode "Unspoken" as Aimee Moore.[8] She made her first appearance in a film in the movie Iron Man 3 as the vice president's daughter, as well as starring in Insidious: Chapter 2 as Annie. She then had a recurring role on Rake, as well as a recurring role as Young Jane on Jane the Virgin.

In 2015, Ortega was cast for the Netflix original series Richie Rich as part of the main cast, playing Darcy, Richie's best friend. Her character was a gold digger, that would spend Richie's money even without his consent. She received much notoriety for her role and helped her career. From 2016 to 2018,[9] 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.[10] This role won her an Imagen Award in 2018.[11] She also voices Princess Isabel on Disney's Elena of Avalor. In January 2019, Ortega had been cast in the main role of Ellie Alves on the second season of the Netflix thriller series You.[12][13]

Ortega has stated that she has an interest for directing various films/television later on throughout her career.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Ortega is a supporter of Pride Over Prejudice, a campaign that promotes acceptance towards the LGBT community.[14] She has also stated that she is against anti-immigration and discrimination.[15] 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.”[15]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Rob Girl Episode: "The Baby Bug"[7]
2012 CSI: NY Aimee Moore Episode: "Unspoken"[8]
2013 Iron Man 3 Vice President's daughter Film
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Annie Film
2014 Rake Zoe Leon Recurring role
2014 The Little Rascals Save the Day Mary Ann Direct-to-video film
2014–2019 Jane the Virgin Young Jane (age 12) Recurring role; 27 episodes
2015 Richie Rich Darcy Main role
2015 After Words Anna Chapa Film[16]
2016–2018 Stuck in the Middle Harley Diaz Lead role
2016–present Elena of Avalor Princess Isabel Main voice role[17]
2016 Elena and the Secret of Avalor Princess Isabel Television film
2018 Bizaardvark Izzy Episode: "The BFF (Before Frankie Friend)"
2019 Big City Greens Gabriella Voice role; Episode: "Valentine's Dance"
2019 You Ellie Alves Main role (season 2)[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2018 Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – Television Stuck in the Middle Won [18]
2019 Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – Television Stuck in the Middle Pending [19]
2019 Imagen Awards Best Young Actor – Television Elena of Avalor Pending [19]


  1. ^ a b "Disney Channel on Instagram: "Fun facts about @jennaortega! #stuckinthemiddle"". Instagram. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Disney Channel - Stuck in the Middle - Bios". DisneyABCPress. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Lewis, Andy (March 3, 2016). "Sneak Peak: Disney's First Latina Princess Gets a Book". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2016. On the animated show, Aimee Carrero of Freeform's Young & Hungry voices Elena. Others doing voices include Jane the Virgin's Jenna Ortega, Saturday Night Live's Chris Parnell and Community's Yvette Nicole Brown.
  4. ^ a b Rodriguez, Priscilla (April 15, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Jenna Ortega on 'Stuck in the Middle' and Why Gina Rodriguez is Her Idol". Latina. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Ortega, Jenna (October 1, 2016). "Jenna Ortega: "I Am Extremely Proud of Where I Come From"". Pop Sugar. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Leonowicz, Rex (August 15, 2016). "Jane the Virgin's Jenna Ortega Fights Anti-Immigration Rhetoric". Teen Vogue. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Rob - The Baby Bug episode". Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "CSI: NY - Unspoken episode". Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 30, 2018). "Stuck in the Middle to End After 3 Seasons on Disney Channel, Star Jenna Ortega Joins ABC Pilot Man of the House". Deadline. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 4, 2015). "Disney Channel Orders Latino Family Sitcom Toplined by 'Jane the Virgin' Star (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2016. Disney Channel has ordered new series "Stuck in the Middle," starring "Jane the Virgin's" Jenna Ortega, Variety has learned exclusively.
  11. ^ "Jenna Ortega". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  12. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 31, 2019). "'You': James Scully & Jenna Ortega Cast In Series' Second Season On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  13. ^ @homesodanights (February 15, 2019). "Jennaortega via IG stories" (Tweet). Retrieved February 16, 2019 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ a b Abrams, Hannah (2019-05-04). "11 Must-Know Facts About Teen Role Model Jenna Ortega". POPSUGAR Celebrity. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  15. ^ a b Nast, Condé. "How Jane the Virgin Star Jenna Ortega Is Standing Up to Hurtful Anti-Immigration Rhetoric". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  16. ^ Lowe, Justin (August 21, 2016). "'After Words': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  17. ^ "Elena of Avalor, Disney's First Latina Princess Gets Her Own Book". March 7, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  18. ^ "Jenna Ortega Wins For Best Young Actor At The 2018 Imagen Awards". BOP and Tiger Beat. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  19. ^ a b "Nominations Announced for the 34th Annual Imagen Awards". The Imagen Foundation. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Jenna Ortega on IMDb