She has appeared in a movie on HBO Max, a new installment of an iconic franchise, and has two more horror films on the horizon. In a lot of ways, Ortega is a new screen queen for the modern era. While her career is still growing, she already has some high-rated roles on IMDb.
It's always appreciated when you can find an animated TV series that centers on a heroic female lead. That's the case with Elena of Avalor, a Disney Channel show focused on the titular Elena, a princess who must save her kingdom from an evil sorceress.
Aimee Carrero voiced the main character but Jenna Ortega was Princess Isabel, her younger sister who was also a brilliant inventor. The series was well-received for a number of aspects, featured guest voice actors like Mark Hamill, and won multiple Emmy Awards.
The Insidious franchise is actually one of the most impressive among horror films. Most of the entries were met with solid acclaim, including the sequel to the 2010 debut, Insidious: Chapter 2. The movie brought back most of the original cast, including Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne.
The series is boosted by horror master James Wan being in the director's chair. While seen as lesser than the original due to a lack of surprises, this still mostly worked. Jenna Ortega was still very young when this was released and had a small role as a girl named Annie.
The most recent arrival on Jenna Ortega's filmography is Studio 666 but it currently holds a rating on IMDb that just falls shy of her top 10. Right before that came Scream, the fifth entry into the slasher franchise to receive the most consistently good reviews.
Scream reunites the original film's main trio as a new copycat Ghostface killer arrives to go after people with familial connections to those in the franchise's past. Ortega plays Tara, who bucks the series trend of being the first victim in the opening scene by surviving and playing a part going forward given that her sister is the main final girl.
In 2014, Rake premiered on Fox and was led by the always solid Greg Kinnear as the protagonist, Keegan Deane. He's a self-destructive criminal defense lawyer who ends up in trouble with everyone around him including his ex-wife, bookie, the IRS, and more.
The show is actually an adaptation of a popular Australian TV series. That version lasted 40 episodes, while this one only made it to 13 before being canceled. Jenna Ortega had a small recurring role as Zoe Leon, the daughter of Ben (Keegan's best friend) and Scarlet (a Los Angeles ADA).
If there's any film to check out to get a real feel for how talented Jenna Ortega is as an actor, it's The Fallout. It initially premiered at South by Southwest in 2021 before debuting on HBO Max in early 2022 and earned rave reviews for the performances and the debuting writer/director Megan Park.
The film focuses on two teen girls who form a tragic bond after they hide in the bathroom together during a school shooting. Ortega and Maddie Ziegler both deliver heartbreaking performances and the film is fantastic but hard to watch multiple times due to the sad nature of it all.
It will likely come as a surprise to learn that Jenna Ortega had a role in the MCU. Of course, that's because it was a minor role and came so many years ago that she could one day land a totally new part in the franchise and most people wouldn't be any wiser about it.
Ortega appeared in Iron Man 3, the final leg of the iconic trilogy centered on Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. She had a small part as the daughter of the Vice President who is one of many people that Tony Stark needs to save. The film was well-received by critics though some fans didn't like the changes made from the source material.
One thing that has become clear for Jenna Ortega is that voice acting is something she seems to thrive at. One of her best but underrated roles there is in Big City Greens, another animated series on the Disney Channel.
The show focuses on a family that loses their own farm and has to move to a smaller one in the middle of a city. Ortega lends her voice to a character named Gabriella, who is the rambunctious girlfriend of the central family's son, Crickett.
Speaking of voice acting roles, Jenna Ortega is currently doing that in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. The show is an animated continuation of the iconic Jurassic Park franchise aimed at children and focusing on a group of teenagers who get trapped on an island after dinosaurs escape.
A lot of the adult characters on the show are voiced by talents like Stephanie Beatriz and Jameela Jamil, while Ortega plays Brooklynn, one of the main characters. Although the series only premiered in 2020, there have already been four seasons and it has won both an Annie and Emmy Award.
Most people likely know Jenna Ortega from her role on You. The series began on Lifetime but struggled there only to find new life when it moved to Netflix, becoming one of the streaming juggernaut's most popular shows and getting more seasons.
Ortega joined the show in season 2 as Ellie Alves, the neighbor of the dangerous serial killer protagonist, Joe. They form an interesting bond along with Ellie's sister Delilah. Season 2 was arguably the best-reviewed of the show and helped launch Ortega's star status.
When you consider that Jane the Virgin spanned 100 episodes, you would think that someone who only appeared in fewer than 30 installments didn't play a major part. However, Jenna Ortega's run in the popular telenovela is actually pivotal to the story.
Throughout the show, Ortega would appear as the young version of Jane. She did so more than any other actor who took on the role over time in key flashback sequences. Jane the Virgin won a slew of awards during its run and made Gina Rodriguez into a household name.