We chatted with Jenna Ortega, star of Disney’s hit TV show Stuck in the Middle and The CW’s Jane the Virgin.

If you were not an actress right now, what would you be?
If I were not an actress right now, I would be going to high school and I think I would be running track and playing soccer. I love running and playing soccer. Since a lot of my friends run track, I would want to do it with them.

What has the response to the show been like? Has it changed your life?
Most of our feedback on the show has been really positive, actually! We get some negativity, but I expected that. You cannot make everybody happy! Now I get recognized everywhere I go, but all of the fans are really sweet and they make me so happy. We honestly have some of the best supporters out there, I cannot tell even tell you how much I love them!

Are you excited to host the Radio Disney Music Awards?
I am so excited to host the Radio Disney Music Awards! I have been watching them on TV with my family ever since they started, so to be on the actual stage this year is amazing. Plus, I get to host with such talented people, and I cannot wait to work with them.

Is there anyone you hope to meet there?
I am not sure if she will be there, but I would love to meet Selena Gomez! She seems like the sweetest person, and Wizards of Waverly Place was one of my favorite shows growing up!

Right now there are not many Latina leading ladies out there. I would like to say I helped change that one day.  I am hoping to pave the way for other young Latina’s who want to pursue acting.

What can we expect from you in the coming years?
I do not know what the future holds, but I want to get into directing, writing, producing, and I want to be in big feature films.  Right now there are not many Latina leading ladies out there. I would like to say I helped change that one day.  I am hoping to pave the way for other young Latina’s who want to pursue acting.

Jacket by Moschino, shirt by Anne Fontaine, skirt by Topshop, shoes by Kat Maconie

If you could be in any show, which one would it be?
I would like to be in American Horror Story or This Is Us. They are very different from each other, but the acting is on point in both shows, and I want to surround myself with great actors and actresses.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to play soccer, go swimming, watch movies with my family and have sleepovers with my friends.

New York or California?
Hmmmm… even though New York is breathtaking and I would love to live there for a little bit when I am older, I am going to say California because it is my home, and home is where the heart is. But New York has a piece of my heart too!

Do you have a favorite food?
A favorite food is hard! I really like homemade beans, but I also love pizza, French fries, and ice cream!

If you could have a superpower which one would it be?
I would have telekinesis, because when I am feeling extra lazy, I can just move things with my mind!

Who do you look up to?
I look up to Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya. I love what they stand for and the positive messages they out out. They are outstanding women. They make me proud to be a girl!

 

Words by Ana Sandoval
Photos by Anna Zhang
Makeup by Anton Khachaturian for Exclusive Artists using MAC Cosmetics
Hair by Gilbert Muniz || @hairbygilbert
Styling by Enrique Melendez

Originally published in Volume II, Issue No. 002 – Spring 2017.

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