Why Jenna Ortega risked it all: From being TV's darling to big-screen's rising star

    When Jenna Ortega opened up about almost missing her iconic role in Wednesday, her transition from TV to film, and the viral dance scene that caught fans off-guard. All this and more on her unexpected journey in Hollywood.

    Jenna Ortega (Source: People)

    Jenna Ortega (Source: People)

    Throwback: Jenna Ortega's Unforgettable Journey from Passing on Wednesday to Hollywood Stardom

    It's been a whirlwind of emotions and hard decisions for Jenna Ortega, Hollywood’s beloved Scream Queen. As we look back, who could've imagined that the actress we associate so strongly with the iconic role of Wednesday, almost didn't play the part?

    Turning Down the Unthinkable

    It’s not every day you hear of an actress turning down a role that would later define their career. Yet, I got the email, passed on it,” Ortega recounted. The Golden Globe-nominated actress's initial reluctance is even more surprising given the legend behind the project - Tim Burton. But what finally swayed her? The magic of Tim Burton and the professional rapport they shared. Yet, she hesitated, Ah, no — I think I’m OK,” she expressed, more than once.

    Jenna's previous experiences in the world of TV were influential in her decision-making. Having spent a significant chunk of her career in TV, her aspirations were set on the cinematic universe. “I was scared that by signing on to another television show it could prevent me from doing other jobs I really wanted and cared about.”

    Finding Her Footing in Film

    Embarking on her film journey wasn’t a bed of roses for Ortega. “When I first started acting, nobody believed in me,” she candidly revealed. It took her years, perseverance, and proving her mettle to truly establish herself as a force in the film industry.

    The Unexpected Virality of Wednesday

    The titular role of Wednesday wasn’t just about acting for Ortega. It involved shaping the character, understanding her essence, and at times, going against the grain. The dance scene from the first season, which took the internet by storm, was a classic example. It was an unexpected hit, a scene she added despite her initial reservations about a flash mob sequence. As the scene gained traction, Ortega confessed, “It’s disorientating. I don’t think people are naturally designed to have that many eyes on them.”

    Furthermore, her dedication towards the character sometimes made her push boundaries on set. Ortega admitted to being “almost unprofessional” with script changes, fueled by her desire to stay true to Wednesday's spirit.

    Revisiting these moments today, Jenna Ortega’s journey is a testament to her sheer talent, determination, and the unpredictable turns of Hollywood. From being unsure about taking on a now-iconic role to embracing it with unparalleled passion, her story is nothing short of inspiring.

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