Jenna Ortega Biography

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Born: September 22, 2002

Jenna Ortega is an actress best known for her starring role on the Disney series Stuck in the Middle and for playing young Jane on the CW series Jane the Virgin.

Jenna was born in Coachella Valley, California to parents of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. She has three sisters and two brothers.

At a young age, Jenna had already built up quite the resumé for herself in both film and television, mostly with leading roles.

She made her acting debut at age eight on the sitcom Rob (2012), starring Rob Schneider. The following year she made her big screen debut in the movie Iron Man 3 (2013) as the Vice President's daughter.

In 2014, Jenna's career really took off. She played a lead role as Mary Ann in the video release The Little Rascals Save the Day, was cast in a regular role as Zoe Leon on the Fox crime drama Rake, and landed the recurring role of young Jane Villenueva on the show Jane the Virgin.

Not long after, she landed the role of Darcy on the Netflix series Richie Rich, and in 2016, was cast in a starring role as Harley Diaz on the Disney Channel comedy series Stuck in the Middle (2016-2018), about a girl who is the middle in a family of seven children. Her work on the show earned her an Imagen Award for Best Young Actor on Television in 2018, and also two nominations for the same award in 2016 and 2019.

When Stuck in the Middle ended after three successful seasons, Jenna went on to played Dawn in the film Saving Fiora (2018), which earned her a Southampton International Film Festival nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Feature. She also appeared in the second season of the popular Netflix show You (2019) as Ellie Alves and played a starring role in the Netflix film The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020). She voices the character Brooklynn on the Netflix animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020-2021) and has completed three more movies that are in post-production.

At the age of 18, Jenna released a book called It’s All Love: Reflections for Your Heart & Soul, a compilation of motivational quotes and stories from her life. ~Sean Olegario

Photo by Collin Stark.

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