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SNL: Gina Ortega is facing one of her biggest fears; He says people assume she’s “dark and twisted” in real life


Gina Ortega, 20, is the youngest person to host Saturday Night Live or SNL in Season 48. She appeared alongside The 1975 Show, who appeared as a musical guest. While the Wednesday actress did an impressive job on stage, she stated that one of the reasons she wanted to host was to confront one of her biggest fears. More on this below.

Jenna Ortega’s SNL monologue

During her SNL monologue, Jenna not only mentioned her age, but also shared that she’s been acting since the young age of nine. Then I played a clip from an old toothpaste ad featuring her.

The actress also shared that the reason she wants to host SNL is to confront one of her biggest fears, which is “happy, outgoing people who are always trying to perform.” Ortega has also joked about how people view her in real life because of her roles in horror shows and movies like Wednesday and Scream VI. “A lot of people assume I’m dark and perverted in real life because of these roles I play but I’m not at all,” said Jenna. “I think there’s just something about me where people see it and say, ‘Hey, let’s get blood on that.'” “

She was also joined on stage by co-star Fred Armisen on Wednesday. Watch the clip below.

Gina Ortega hesitated to perform Wednesday’s viral dance

A few days ago, a promo was released ahead of Jenna Ortega’s SNL hosting gig. In the promo, Jenna is seen slipping into her now world-famous character Wednesday Addams from her Netflix show Wednesday. She is seen wearing an outfit based on the titular character in the show, when Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy of the comedy trio Please Don’t Ruin approach her and ask her to do the Wednesday Dance again.

Jenna aka Wed appreciates the script after reviewing it and then says it is well written. But she adds that she doesn’t want to do the Wednesday dance because people have seen too much of it. Then you suggest they do something new.

As the trio says they don’t want to do the viral dance either, Ortega points to their clothes. Someone asks if it’s from her TV show, unaware of her character. Then someone else jokes that it looks more like “Thursday Jones” than “Wednesday Addams.”

Upon hearing this, Gina Ortega reluctantly joins the trio to do her viral dance routine.

Also read: What made Jenna Ortega say “F**k” on the new episode of Hot Ones?

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.