Jenna Ortega speaks out about toxic trolls on ‘manipulative’ social media

Wednesdays star Jenna Ortega has opened up about toxic trolls on “manipulative” social media in a new interview.

As part of Variety’s Actors-on-Actors series, Ortega also got emotional when she opened up about the impact some of the social media trolls are having on her.

“Social media, what they do to everyone our age, it’s kind of a comparison game,” Ortega began. “It affects the bandwagon mentality. It’s very manipulative.”

Ortega further explained that while she likes to spread her humor on social media, she is careful with posts as she doesn’t want people to misinterpret her. She also said the more famous she’s become since Wednesday’s post, the more trolling she’s been subjected to.

“You see your vulnerability and you twist it in ways you don’t always expect,” she said before breaking down in tears.

“It’s so weird. I’m sorry, that wasn’t my intention. It’s so hard to keep your balance. Because how can you be honest without endangering your own health and safety? It’s very easy to feel too almost spiraling out of control.”

Jenna Ortega in “Wednesday”. PHOTO CREDIT: Netflix

Elsewhere in the chat, Ortega confirmed that her character will not have a love interest in season two.

Ortega confirmed that the next season will focus more on the horror aspect, away from her character’s love affair. Ortega also confirmed that she will continue to have a producing role in the new season. In the series, Ortega plays the title character Wednesday Adams.

“It’s still in the process of working together, but we’ve decided that we want to focus more on the horror,” Ortega said in an interview with Variety. “We renounce any romantic love interest, which is really great. We’re getting bolder and darker.”

Speaking about her new role as producer on the series, Ortega continued, “It was a natural progression… With a character like Wednesday, who’s so popular and such a legend, I just didn’t want to take her the wrong way.” So I try, like that to have as many conversations as possible. On the set, with the writers and Tim [Burton]we all got together and decided, ‘okay, what works and what doesn’t?’”

“In preparation for a second season, we wanted to make sure we could start talks earlier. And I’m just so curious. I want to see the outfits, the new characters, and the scripts, and they were kind enough to put me in the role of producer.”

Since playing the role of Wednesday Addams on the Netflix series Wednesday, Ortega has starred in Scream VI and hosts Saturday Night Live. She was recently cast opposite Michael Keaton in a sequel to Beetlejuice, due out next year.

Ortega’s previous credits include roles on Jane The Virgin, the Disney Channel series Stuck In The Middle, the drama The Fallout, and the second season of You.

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