Jenna Ortega took center stage in the Saturday Night Live to remind people that she is only 20 and is not the “dark and twisted” girl in real life that she plays in movies and on TV.
“It’s been a crazy couple of years,” the Netflix star Wednesday began. “I think there’s something about my face that people see and say, ‘Hey, let’s make it bleed.’
She reminded the audience that she has actually been acting since she was young. Her mom got her into the business by posting a video of Ortega on Facebook, “which someone explained to me was like TikTok, but for racism instead of dancing.”
Ortega then shared a toothbrush commercial she made as a child and how the “invisible years” she talked about in the ad could be turned into a horror movie today thanks to the scary music and editing.
“I love horror movies. I don’t get scared very easily,” Ortega said. “Part of the reason (she wanted to be a host) was to face my biggest fear — happy, extroverted people who are always trying to perform.”
Then she remembered the past SNL funnyman Fred Armisen, who plays Fester’s uncle Wednesday, was in the crowd. Ortega told him that he was one of the reasons she started watching SNL, especially because of his skit about Californians. Watch her monologue below.