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Jenna Marie Ortega
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Name Jenna Marie Ortega
Date of Birth September 27, 2002
Age 19
Origin Coachella Valley, California
Nationality American
Years Active 2012–present
Occupation(s) Actress
Character(s) Tara Carpenter

Jenna Marie Ortega is an actress who portrays Tara Carpenter in the Scream franchise. She made her debut appearance in the fifth instalment, simply titled Scream (2022 film) and appear again in the upcoming Scream 6 (2023 film).

She is also known for her roles in The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020), You (2018), Elena of Avalor (2016) and Jane the Virgin (2014).


Jenna Marie Ortega was born on September 27, 2002, in Coachella Valley, California.

Daughter of mixed Mexican and Puerto Rican parents, Ortega makes it very clear to her audience that she is proud of her heritage and grateful for having the opportunity to share her culture with the world. Jenna began acting at the age of nine. In a 2016 Popsugar interview, Jenna conveys that succeeding in the American film industry as a Latina was an uphill battle, throttled by subjective casting and strict ethnic guidelines followed in the early 2000s. Despite this difficulty, Ortega did not let cultural barriers and prejudice hinder her progress as a rising star.

Ortega is known not only for her stellar performance in multiple Disney productions but for her roles in many award-winning movies and television series', such as her portrayal of Young Jane in The CW Television Network's iconic comedy-drama "Jane the Virgin," and Darcy in the 2015 Netflix sitcom, "Richie Rich." Restless in her profession, Jenna is accountable for more than 15 television staples and blockbuster films to date, commonly accepting lead roles.

In 2018, Ortega starred in the film "Saving Flora" as the lead role of Dawn, the daughter of a circus owner. The film was critically acclaimed, and for her performance, she received an award nomination at the Southampton International Film Festival. In January 2019, Ortega had been cast in the main role of Ellie Alves, the sister of Delilah Alves, on the second season of the Netflix thriller series "You", which was released on December 26, 2019. In You, her character is a smart and meddling girl who likes to act older than her true age. The season, alike to the show's first season, was well received.

Ortega will next star in a main role on the upcoming-comedy movie Yes Day, slated for release in 2020. In October 2019, she was cast in a role on the upcoming Netflix horror film The Babysitter: Killer Queen, set for release on September 10, 2020.

In February 2020, it was announced that she will lead the upcoming Netflix high-school drama film The Fallout. In July 2020, Ortega joined the cast of the upcoming thriller film Songbird directed by Adam Mason. She will also voice Brooklyn in the upcoming Netflix animated series "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous".

In August 2020, Ortega was cast in an undisclosed role on Scream (2022), later revealed to be Tara Carpenter.

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