California; Hayward — Jenna Ortega's recent Emmy nomination for the Netflix series “Wednesday” has established her as the second-youngest nominee for the prestigious title of best lead actress in a comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ortega's Emmy nomination at the age of 20 places her among the youngest talents to be recognized for their excellence in comedic acting. Should she win, Ortega will become the second Latina to hold the accolade.
The 20-year-old, known for her roles in popular horror movies like “Scream 5,” “Scream VI” and “X,” rose to prominence by portraying Wednesday Addams in the Netflix comedy based on Charles Addams' iconic character. The show, which features Tim Burton as the director of its first four episodes, takes Wednesday out of her famous family and places her in Nevermore Academy, where she must navigate her way through a group of otherworldly teenagers.
If Ortega wins, she will surpass America Ferrera as the youngest victor in the best lead actress in a comedy category. Ferrera claimed the title in 2007 at the age of 23 for her role in “Ugly Betty,” making her the first Latina actress to receive such recognition.. In 2020, Zendaya made history as the youngest winner of the lead actress in a drama series award, securing the honor at the age of 24 for her outstanding performance in “Euphoria.” She continued her winning streak by capturing the award once again two years later.
The 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 18.
Noumaan Faiz, (he/him) is a journalist and entertainer from Hayward, CA who covers culture and entertainment.
Edited by Nykeya Woods