Wednesday star Jenna Ortega swapped her usual soft-goth fashion for a Grecian-style red carpet gown last night, for her first-ever Golden Globes. Ortega was a nominee for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for her performance in the wildly successful Netflix show, which was just renewed for a second season.
The 20-year-old walked the red carpet in a flowing nude Gucci gown, which featured strategically placed cut-outs. Her now dark-red hair was styled down and flipped up at the ends (one of last year's biggest hair trends), with a soft, centre-parted long fringe. She kept her make-up classic and glowing, with heavily lined eyes. The actress finished her red carpet look with delicate Tiffany & Co jewellery.
Ortega spoke to Netflix's Tudum at the end of November about her work in Wednesday and how it felt stepping into the iconic Addams Family role and putting her own touch on it as a young Latina actress.
“To give young Latin people someone to relate to on-screen and give them that boost of self-esteem, or relatability and comfort in characters, is so special and so wonderful,” Ortega said. “But [Wednesday is] also for everyone. Everyone should be able to see themselves in anyone.”
Ortega said that playing Wednesday was a liberating experience for her overall, on set and off. “It was a very freeing, gratifying experience, because you don’t have to care. If you’re in a bad mood, and you have a stink face, it doesn’t matter,” she said. “She sticks to her guns, and she’s not out to please anybody. Which, as someone who used to be an immense people pleaser, I really respect.”
Ortega briefly reflected on the show's success on her Instagram on November 29, shortly after it premiered, saying she was about speechless. “Don’t even know if there’s right words,” she wrote. “Thanks everyone for watching.”
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