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Jenna Ortega Ethnicity, Is She Gay? Here are Quick Facts

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega is a fast-rising actress renowned for her role as young Jane in Jane the Virgin, Harley Diaz in Stuck in the Middle, and for voicing Princess Isabel in Disney’s Eleanor of Avalor. The actress has also received critical acclaim for her appearance as Wednesday Adams in the Netflix horror comedy series, Wednesday.


Right from her childhood, Jenna Ortega has left no one in doubt that she was born to be a star. Her mother realized this early enough when she captured her on video doing a dramatic monologue and posted it on Facebook. Thereafter, she got an agent and started getting auditions, which brought about her first acting job in Rob, in its Baby Bug episode when she was just 12 years old.


The popularity of Jenna Ortega has also raised some level of curiosity about her ethnicity and sexuality. Moreover, rumors of Jenna Ortega being gay has stirred up again after she and Maddie Ziegler performed some intimate scene in the movie, The Fallout. Ortega has kept mute on the subject, and the media is only left with speculations. Read on for more details on the subject and every other thing you need to know about Jenna Ortega.


Jenna Ortega’s ethnicity

Jenna Ortega is of mixed ethnicity. She was born of a Puerto Rican father, and a Mexican/ Puerto Rican mother. Jenna Ortega mentioned that her great-grand mother from her maternal side was a Mexican migrant who came illegally into the United States in the hopes of a better future. As for her Puerto Rican origin, Ortega’s maternal grandfather was born in Puerto Rico, but later moved to United States and settled in California.


How old is Jenna Ortega?

Jenna Ortega was born on September 27, 2002 in the Coachella Valley in Southern California. She is 21 years old as of 2023. She is the fourth out of six children born to her parents. Her siblings are Isaac, Mariah, Mia and twins, Aaliyah and Markus.


Acting career of Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega was 9 years old when she made her acting debut with her appearance on Rob in 2012 when she appeared in the Baby Bug episode. However, her movie debut was on the box-office hit, Iron Man 3, where she was portrayed as the Vice President’s daughter in the 2013 movie. Ortega also made appearance in the horror movie, Insidious where she played the role of Annie, and also starred in subsequent movies and TV projects such as Rake, Know IT All Nina, and The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery; all in 2014.


Finally, Jane Ortega got her big break with her next movie project, Jane the Virgin, when she landed the recurring role of young Jane and the stage was set for her successful career. Other great roles followed soon after, such as Harley Diaz in Disney’s Stuck in the Middle (2016), and giving voice-over as Princess Isabel in Disney’s animated Elena of Avalor (2016), and she also reprised her role in the TV movie, Elena and the Secret of Avalor.


Jenna Ortega’s more recent movies are The Fallout (2021), when she played the character of Vada. She has also continued to gain accolades with her portrayal as Wednesday Adams in the 2022 Netflix series, Wednesday.


Jenna Ortega’s sexuality, Is she gay?

Jenna Ortega’s sexuality has long been a subject of interest to her teeming fans, and it’s not unusual since she is a young, pretty and famous. Apparently, there has been rumors of her being a lesbian because of certain interactions with her female co-stars but the rumors are unfounded. Moreover, the actress has kept her relationships a secret and so no one actually has the real answer on her sexuality.


Despite being linked to some boyfriends in the past, a lot of people believe that she is a part of the gay community. The Wednesday star has been thought to be involved with Jacob Sartorius after both of them starred in the musical video of his song “Chapstick”. However, the singer later dispelled the rumors, after he clarified that he and Ortega are just “really good friends”.


Likewise, Jenna Ortega has also been thought to have dated Asher Angel after the pair attended a Halloween party as Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson which many people thought was a couple’s costume. While that may not count as a relationship, fans were further convinced when they went on to Venom’s movie premiere afterwards, they also attended a fashion show another time and shared their picture on Instagram. So far, none of them has addressed the rumors.


Meanwhile, what really fueled Jenna Ortega’s gay rumor was based on her relationship with co-star, Maggie Ziegler, because of the romantic gestures they displayed with their characters in The Fallout. However, some people think that she has previously dated her co-stars Emma Myers and Gwendoline Christie, but like we said earlier, all these are based on rumors.


Moreover, Ortega has been a supporter of the LGBT community since she was 13 and is a supporter of the Pride over Prejudice campaign. While the controversy surrounding her sexuality rages on, Ortega has declared herself single as of 2023 when she was interviewed on the Armchair Expert Podcast.


Jenna Ortega’s Net worth

Jenna Ortega has a net worth of $2 million from her acting career. She has many upcoming projects which will increase her income in the coming future.

Quick Facts

  1. Jenna Ortega is an actress born on September 27, 2002 in Coachella valley, Southern California.

  2. She is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent.

  3. She has five siblings: Isaac, Mariah, Mia, Aaliyah and Markus.

  4. Her first acting job was in the 2012 American sitcom “Rob” on the Baby Bug episode.

  5. She is best known for her portrayal of Wednesday Adams in the 2022 Netflix horror Wednesday, and in the 2021 film, The Fallout.

  6. There have been unconfirmed rumors of her being gay, but she has not addressed any of the rumors.

  7. She became a brand ambassador for Neutrogena in 2002.

  8. She is generally regarded as a “Scream Queen” for her role in the Scream movie Franchise.

  9. Jenna Ortega is the voice of Princess Isabel in Elena of Avalor.

  10. Jenna Ortega has won some awards such as the Imagen award for Stuck in the Middle, she has also been nominated for a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Actors Guild Awards for her role in Wednesday, among others.

  11. Her Instagram page, @jennaortega has 40 million followers and 57 posts.


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