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Where are Jenna Ortega's parents from?

Edduin Carvajal
Jun 07, 2022
05:40 P.M.

"Jane the Virgin" actress Jenna Ortega is proud of her heritage and feels a strong connection with her grandfather, the only entertainer in her family apart from her.


Jenna Ortega's promising career made headlines in early June 2022 after Netflix released the first teaser trailer of "Wednesday," Tim Burton's Addams Family series starring Ortega as Wednesday Addams.

The footage showed Ortega portraying the title character, but Thing also made a quick cameo. Written by "Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, "Wednesday" will follow Gomez and Morticia's daughter during her years at Nevermore Academy. Here's everything you need to know about Jenna Ortega's life and career.

Jenna Ortega on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

Jenna Ortega on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images


Born in September 2002 in Coachella Valley, California, Ortega has been active in the entertainment industry since she was only a child. Although she is still young, she has already worked for major film companies, including Netflix and Disney.


Apart from portraying the young version of Jane Villanueva in "Jane the Virgin" from 2014 to 2019, Ortega also had a starring role in Disney Channel's "Stuck in the Middle."

Jenna Ortega on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

Jenna Ortega on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

In 2020, Ortega made headlines after being cast in the second season of the Netflix hit series "You." She also became one of the Neutrogena Brand Ambassadors like Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, and Jennifer Garner.

Multiple fans see Ortega as an up-and-coming scream queen as she has had roles in a few horror films, including "Insidious: Chapter 2," "Scream 5," and "X." We cannot wait to see her working with Tim Burton in "Wednesday."



Ortega's acting skills are outstanding, but she probably couldn't have achieved fame without the decisions her parents and family made decades ago. Although she was born in America, she is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.

Her maternal great-grandmother lived on a small ranch near Sinaloa, Mexico, with her four daughters, but she moved with her children to the States as an illegal immigrant to give them better opportunities.


She sent her four daughters to English-speaking schools and made them speak only English to avoid drawing attention and facing deportation. Ortega's maternal grandfather is also Latino.

[Ortega’s] family has kept alive their Mexican traditions.

He was born in Puerto Rico, moved to New York with his family when he was a baby, and settled in California during his high school years. He was the only entertainer in the family, and Ortega believes she inherited the acting bug from him.


Although Ortega's dad is 100 percent Mexican, he does not know which part of Mexico his family is from because they moved to the States before he was born.

It is essential to point out that not everyone in Ortega's family speaks Spanish fluently. Her mother does and has been teaching Ortega, her five siblings, and her dad for years.


While Ortega has always lived in the States, her family has kept alive their Mexican traditions. Apart from having piñatas for their birthdays, they frequently play soccer and are "very competitive."

Food is also a crucial aspect of the Ortegas. They would eat beans, rice, guacamole, tamales, and other Mexican food, and one of Ortega's aunts teaches her Mexican and Spanish recipes. What a lovely family!

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