Jenna Ortega on why she’s currently single and her take on romantic comedies

Jenna Ortega discussed her love of gore and her current dating status in an interview for ELLE magazine’s April 2023 cover.

The ‘Wednesday’ star admits she is not ready for “being so vulnerable” with a partner, and she is too preoccupied with work right now to commit herself to someone else.

“Maybe I am too obsessed with my work, but the idea of relationships stresses me out,” she added. “And also being that vulnerable with someone and having to get to know someone that well and having someone see you for all that you are… My brain knows that I don’t need to think about that right now.

According to Jenna, she prefers horror roles like Wednesday and Scream VI over romantic comedies.

The 20-year-old actor also stated that, despite having just finished her first romantic comedy, Winter Spring Summer or Autumn, she isn’t particularly fond of the genre.

“I hate being goo-goo gaga over a boy,” she began. “I think it’s secretly a pride thing. It’s a problem with a lot of female characters that a lot of them are guy oriented or what they’re expressing or emoting is based on a guy’s position and a guy’s story.”

During Monday’s episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, Ortega also discussed her dating life. When Dax Shepard questioned her about it, she said she nearly doesn’t “find myself interested, but I think a part of it is self-esteem.”

“I’m not ready to be that vulnerable or trusting with someone,” she added.

The Fallout star then spoke about one of her previous partners and why they broke up.

“I was in a relationship for a couple, but I stopped it when things got too hectic,” she said. “And it had nothing to do with them, it was just strictly…I just couldn’t manage all the things.”

She emphasized how she’s been prioritizing her career and said that “if there’s one thing I’m going to focus on, which is probably something I need to change,  it’s going to be my work.”

Ortega also discussed another particular problem she’s faced throughout her twenties in her interview with Elle, the fear that she won’t be able to meet other people’s expectations.

“I am so fearful of disappointing the people in my life, or even people in public,” she explained. “I want to live up to people’s expectations, which is something that I need to get over, but I’m also scared that, I don’t know, maybe someone will get to know me too well and realize that I’m not all that.”

The ‘Jane the Virgin’ star added: “The kind words that I hear that they say about me through other people are unbelievable to me. I feel like just the people in my life see me in a way that I don’t really see myself.”

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