Jenna Ortega opens up about scrutiny from ‘manipulative’ social media

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June 07, 2023

'Wednesday' star Jenna Ortega says she often lands in trouble for being authentic

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'Wednesday' star Jenna Ortega says she often lands in trouble for being authentic

Actresses Jenna Ortega and Elle Fanning recently sat down for a frank discussion about their work experiences. The stars of Wednesday and The Great, respectively, spoke openly about the negative impact of social media during a recent feature in Variety.

In addition to sharing stories about their struggles with bad auditions and growing up as child stars, Ortega and Fanning also delved into the manipulative aspects of social media and the pressure it places on those in the entertainment industry.

Discussing social media, Ortega said that it can be "manipulative" and shared that she can easily find herself in hot waters due to her authenticity.

“Because I naturally tend to be sarcastic or dry, it’s very easy for me to find myself in trouble.”

The Wednesday alum added that she wishes to show the world her true self, “I want people to be able to get to know the people behind the camera and realize that people should never be put on a pedestal. And the more I’ve been exposed to the world, people prey on that and take advantage of that.”

“They see your vulnerability and twist it in a way that you don’t always expect. [Starts to cry] It’s so strange. Sorry, I didn’t mean to do this.”

“I still have this really intense urge to be human and honest and authentic. Another thing about this industry is you get in front of a camera and people want you to be something else — where it’s ‘Have more energy’ or ‘Could you smile?’”

“I would rather people see me cry and do whatever than be something I’m not,” she concluded.

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