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‘Scream’ Director on Jenna Ortega: ‘We’re Underutilizing Her’

Jenna Ortega is quickly shaping up to be the scream queen of her generation. The actor’s latest horror film, Scream 6, hit theaters today, and it is already poised to break records within the franchise. But prior to reprising her role as Tara Carpenter, Ortega had a whole host of other spooky projects under her belt. Fans may recall her performances in the 2022 slasher films Scream and X, or in the Netflix shows You and Wednesday. It seems like Ortega truly has an affinity for all things horror, something the Scream team quickly took note of.

‘Scream’ star Jenna Ortega | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Jenna Ortega was nervous to do a callback to the original ‘Scream’

As a lover of horror films, Ortega was thrilled to book a part in Scream. However, the actor put a ton of pressure on herself to do her role justice. As her opening scene is a callback to Drew Barrymore’s character in the original 1996 film, she felt compelled to nail it. “I have so much respect for the franchise that I didn’t want to do it wrong,” Ortega shared with Elle. “I wanted to do it justice, but I also didn’t want to be ripping anybody off.”

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