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Is Jenna Ortega White; Her ethnic background, origin, nationality and more

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Jenna Ortega, an actress who has a predominantly brunette look on her face, has been a subject of confusion for many fans of Wednesday, Ortega’s recent hit from Netflix’s library.

However, while Ortega is certainly getting an impressive amount of attention lately, she was also famous and noticed in the past with several appearances and regular roles in some hit shows like Jane The Virgin and You, among others.

But the piece below takes a closer look at her ethnicity and will unravel her origins to the core. Dig down to find out if Ortega is really white or otherwise.

Is Jenna Ortega White; What is her ethnicity?

Ortega is not white; she is anything but of Northern European descent. The 20-year-old actress, on the other hand, has ethnicities including Mexican and Puerto Rican. She is of earlier ancestry from her paternal side while the latter is from her maternal ancestry. Jenna’s mother is also part Mexican.

To be more precise, Jenna says she is 75 percent Mexican and 25 percent Puerto Rican. She once revealed that her maternal great-grandmother had migrated from a small farm near Sinaloa, Mexico. According to Ortega, her great-grandmother moved to the US as an illegal immigrant; she migrated in hopes of building a better life for her four daughters.

Netflix Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega
20-year-old actress from San Francisco, Jenna Ortega. Getty

Jenna’s great-grandmother wanted her daughters to speak perfect English so they wouldn’t attract attention and get evicted. Her daughters therefore all went to English-language schools.

I am 75 percent Mexican and 25 percent Puerto Rican. My maternal great-grandmother migrated from a small farm near Sinaloa, Mexico. She came to the United States as an illegal immigrant hoping to build a better life for her four daughters.

said the Coachella Valle hailing from Pop Sugar in October 2016.

Jenna’s mother’s father, on the other hand, was Puerto Rican-born. He moved to New York with his family when he was a baby. He and his family later moved to California during his high school years.

Coachella Valley actress Jenna Ortega
Former vegan actress Jenna Ortega

When Ortega spoke to Pop Sugar, she revealed that her father is 100 percent Mexican. The actress said she is not sure what part of Mexico her father’s family is from. However, his family is said to have moved to California many generations before his birth. Jenna’s paternal grandfather Anthony Larriva Tony Ortega was born in Indio, California, while his own father, Jose, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Other places Jenna’s paternal ancestors hail from include Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico, Aguascalientes, Mexico, Canutilo, Texas, and Lerdo, Durango, Mexico.

Ortega’s paternal sides apparently stopped speaking Spanish long ago. The You actress once said that because her father did not speak Spanish, she and her siblings had a hard time learning the language. However, her mother is bilingual.

Jenna Ortega grew up in Latin culture

Jenna may have long since lost touch with her Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestors, but the actress once revealed that some cultures still followed her from there as she grew up.

The brunette actress said during an interview that her family has kept some traditions alive. The five-foot-tall celebrity says she got a pinata on all her birthdays and her family never missed tamales at Christmas. Her family also apparently makes good tacos and carne asada, as well as the best homemade beans.

The Scream actress agrees to have spent her formative years within the Hispanic community.

Being a Latina has always been very, very sweet to me. It’s something I’m very proud of.

said Ortega with a deadline in June 2020. She also added that growing up in a community (Coachella Valley, California) surrounded by all kinds of Hispanics was really great for her.

Family Jenna

Jenna is the daughter of Natalie and Edward Ortega. She is the fourth child of her parents’ six children. So Ortega has five siblings; Aaliyah Ortega, Mia Ortega, Isaac Ortega, Mariah Ortega, and Markus Ortega.

What is the nationality of Jenna Ortega?

Born in the US, Jenna is definitely an American by nationality even though the actress has roots in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The actress is very eligible for Mexican citizenship. State law roughly states that to hold Mexican citizenship, one must have been born on Mexican soil, or must have been born to a Mexican citizen (one parent or both), or their great-grandparents are/were Mexican citizens.

It also doesn’t matter if the grandchildren were born outside Mexico. In addition, US law also does not require a person to lose their citizenship in the event that they are naturalized in another country. So Jenna Ortega can have dual nationalities.


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