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SR International: Jenna Ortega On Her Personal Style, Working With Former ‘Wednesday’ Christina Ricci, And More

SR International: Jenna Ortega On Her Personal Style, Working With Former ‘Wednesday’ Christina Ricci, And More

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Jenna Ortega doesn’t like to overprepare for roles. In real life, “you never know what you’re going to say next or what your next facial expression is going to be,” says the 20-year-old actor, “so I try not to do that for characters.” Jenna Ortega Net Worth

Her approach wasn’t always so relaxed. When she found out she was going to have a scene in “The Fallout” (2021) where her character was on Ecstasy, Ortega—who reportedly has a net worth of $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth— spent months planning. “Before the project started, I remember thinking, How do you be high on Ecstasy?” she says. “I’d film myself doing crazy things in my room.”

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On the day of shooting the scene, director Megan Park asked Ortega to do something she hadn’t rehearsed: walk down a staircase. “I realized I will never prepare [like that] again,” says Ortega, “because the stress when I saw those stairs and not having anything that was usable was terrifying.”

Ortega, who lives in Southern California, has been acting for more than half of her life. She’s best known for her titular role in the Netflix show Wednesday, as Tara Carpenter in the Scream franchise, and as Ellie Alves in the Netflix psychological thriller You, as well as being a brand representative for Dior Beauty. Here, she talks to WSJ. about working with Christina Ricci, the calming power of music, and the one type of scent she can’t stand.

Here are a few things Jenna Ortega revealed to WSJ. Magazine…

On what time she wakes up on Mondays, and the first thing she does after waking up:

 
 
 
 
 
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“It depends. I’m usually working, usually [with an] early call time. I’m going to be up around 5, 6-ish. I have the same process every morning. I brush my teeth, wash my face, shower, get dressed and then I’m pretty much on the go. I might have coffee. I might not. I might just wing it, and that’s that.”

On how she likes her coffee and breakfast:

“Black. And then usually when I get on set, you go straight into blocking or rehearsals or hair and makeup, so I try not to do something that is too smelly or distracting. I’ll have a banana or an apple.” Jenna Ortega Net Worth

On how she puts together her outfit in the morning:

“I’m awful at that. Especially because I’m usually going to work, so I wear my personal clothes for five seconds. So it’s just sweats, and I get cold really easily too, so I always go for a cardigan. I have these red thrifted boots from the ’70s that I’m obsessed with. So any time that I can find a way to get those in, I will.”

On becoming associated with Wednesday’s goth style, and how she defines her personal style:

 
 
 
 
 
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“The problem is that since doing that show, if I do wear something black, it seems like I’m leaning into character, but it’s my genuine style. I genuinely resonate with Wednesday and the color black. It’s easy, and I feel the most like myself when I’m wearing all black, which is also why doing that job is really exciting.”

On recently becoming an ambassador for Gris Dior, what she’s learned about her scent preferences, and what scents she can’t stand:

“I don’t know if I have a sensitive nose or what, but I’m very, very peculiar about the scents that I do like. I like something that is unisex and androgynous. I don’t like anything that’s too sweet. If something is sugar or lollipop or whatever, I can’t do it.”

On what was it like to be on set with Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the ’90s Addams Family movies, and whether she has any favorite moments with her:

“I was almost intimidated to work with her just because I respect her so much as an actor. It’s weird when you’re dressed up as she was 30 years ago, and I’m sure that may have been weird for her, but she definitely didn’t seem that way at all. She loves to play. Seeing her twist and watching her become the villain, I feel like that’s such a natural turn for her. And I mean that as the greatest compliment possible”

As a You alum, what’s her take on the protagonist Joe Goldberg? Does she think he’s the ultimate villain or a redeemable guy:

 
 
 
 
 
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“What are you talking about? That is a nice, good guy. Yeah, no. What an asshole. That’s the scum of the earth, and I love watching painful things happen to him.”

On her and Aubrey Plaza’s going viral for their deadpan delivery at the SAG Awards, and whether they have talked at all about doing a project together:

“We were talking backstage. I would do anything with Aubrey.”

On what she considers her most prized possession:

“My headphones. I do not leave the house without them. Because music is such a stress reliever.”

On a favorite album that she’s listening to right now:

“Sade is someone who will never do anything wrong, ever.”

On the one piece of advice that’s guided her most:

“Something that everyone is constantly learning—and something that I’m going through right now—is whatever it is that other people are saying or doing should not be a concern to you. It’s really easy nowadays with online to be influenced by everything else and everyone else. I try to only listen to people who are genuinely in my life and care for me and are supportive of me. It’s really important just to remember that all that stuff isn’t real as soon as you turn your phone off. Follow your own voice and decisions.” Jenna Ortega Net Worth

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