Jenna Ortega, the talented 21-year-old actress known for her roles in various projects, including the latest installment of the ‘Scream’ franchise, recently opened up about her journey in the entertainment industry and her approach to self-critique in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
In a candid conversation, she shared her perspective on not watching her work, her desire to take control of her career, and her commitment to being a positive role model for young girls.
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The ‘Wednesday’ star, confessed that she “can’t bear” to watch herself on screen. “I can’t watch my work, as I know I won’t be able to push forward and continue to grow as an actor if I cling on to certain things.”
She also touched on the universal experience of regretting a take or performance that doesn’t meet one’s standards. The actress acknowledged the pressure that artists, including herself, often place on their shoulders. “A lot of people in my profession can probably relate to this: when you do a take you don’t like, you go to bed kicking yourself.”
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The actress expressed her desire to “orchestrate my future and make more specific, precise moves.” She even mentioned her willingness to make mistakes, emphasizing the importance of learning from failures: “I can’t be scared of the fact that I might fall on my face. But it’s hard to do that when so many people are watching.”
Ortega wants nothing more than to be a role model for young girls. She shared a story about wanting to dye her hair blonde to look like Cinderella. However, she soon realized the power of being herself and the influence it could have on others. Her commitment to not conforming to industry beauty standards and encouraging young girls to do the same is a refreshing departure from the unrealistic beauty ideals often portrayed in the media. She expressed her desire not to perpetuate the notion that one must change their appearance to be considered beautiful or worthy.
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Ortega also touched on the challenges she faced as a young actor, especially in an industry that sometimes places restrictions based on appearance. As a Latina actress, she experienced the frustration of not fitting the suit for certain roles. She recalled being told what she should or shouldn’t do, which took a toll on her self-confidence and self-esteem.
Ortega also spoke candidly about the debate and discourse surrounding what it means to be Latina. She expressed a feeling of not being worthy enough to be a proper representative due to her limited proficiency in speaking Spanish and her lack of time spent in her ancestral countries. However, she remains committed to using her platform to increase Hispanic representation in television and film.