Jenna Ortega

Birth Name: Jenna Marie Ortega

Place of Birth: Coachella Valley, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 27, 2002

*75% Mexican
*25% Puerto Rican

Jenna Ortega is an American actress.

Jenna is the daughter of Natalie (Lopez) and Edward Ortega. Her father is of Mexican ancestry. Her mother is of half Puerto Rican and half Mexican (with roots in Sinaloa) descent.

She has stated:

I am 75 percent Mexican and 25 percent Puerto Rican. My greatgrandma on my mother’s side migrated from a small ranch near Sinaloa, Mexico. She came to the United States as an illegal immigrant in hopes to make a better life for her four daughters. She wanted them to speak perfect English, so that they would not draw attention and be deported, so they went to English speaking schools and were only allowed to speak English to her, so she could learn the language while trying to get her papers. My mom’s father was born in Puerto Rico, moved to New York with his family when he was a baby, and then moved to California during his high school years. My father is 100 percent Mexican, but his family moved to California generations before he was born. Spanish died down in his family, so he is not fluent. We are not really sure which part of Mexico my dad’s family is from. It is a mystery!


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