La Quinta, CA

Jenna Ortega was born on September 27, 2002 in the Coachella Valley and raised in La Quinta. The 20 year old actress and rising star is currently playing Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s show “Wednesday.”

The show, directed by Tim Burton, is a Comedic Horror taking the audience through Wednesday’s coming of age attending the Nevermore Academy, a safe haven for children who are considered outcasts.

Notably, “Wednesday.” also stars Christina Ricci as Ms. Thornhill, a teacher at Nevermore Academy. Ricci famously played played Wednesday Addams in the movie series, “Addams Family Values.” Jenna Ortega has given homage to Christina Ricci’s performance as Wednesday Addams saying her predecessor “is a Legend.”

Ortega, in her own right, has scored a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Television Actress- Musical/Comedy Series and won a MTV Movie & TV Award recently for Most Frightened Performance. Her viral dance scene shown in this video clip was recreated by Russian Olympic Figure Skater Kamila Valieva:

Her rise to fame is growing so quickly that in giving an interview to The Face, Jenna revealed about the show, “I didn’t realize it at the time, and maybe that’s me being naive and lame because Tim Burton is attached to it, but I didn’t realize that so many people were going to care about the project.”

“Wednesday,” the Netflix show currently streaming also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones (Morticia Addams), Luis Guzmán (Gomez Addams), Isaac Ordonez, Gwendoline ChristieRiki LindhomeJamie McShane, and Fred Armisen in supporting roles.

 

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By Eric Gray

Eric Gray is Editor-in-chief for the Palm Springs Tribune. He covers everything from real estate, restaurant, and entertainment, to public safety, airport, and local development. He moved to Palm Springs in 2020 as part of the mass migration out of the cities. He has a Bachelor's degree from Towson University. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericgrayps