Here's What You Need To Know About Jenna Ortega, 'You' Season 2's Breakout Star
There was a lot of chaos and action in You Season 2. On top of a new city, new love interest, and new victims (of course), one of the most interesting and entertaining new aspects of Season 2 of the hit Netflix show was Ellie, Joe's teenage neighbor who didn’t take BS from anyone, and ended up playing a huge role in the season. So, here's everything you need to know about. Ellie, and the actor who plays her in You Season 2, Jenna Ortega.
Spoiler alert: Spoilers for Netflix's You Season 2 ahead. Ellie isn't your average high-schooler. She's a "teenager who grew up fast in the big city", and fans who watched the Season 2 quickly learned she is also independent and strong-willed. With dreams of getting into the film industry, Ellie seemed ready to do whatever it took to reach that goal.
Unfortunately for Ellie, Joe entered her stratosphere in Season 2, which historically hasn't been great news for those around him. Joe quickly developed creepily protective feelings over Ellie, and just as quickly formed some strong opinions of her life choices, as he is wont to do. But that's not to say Ellie could not handle herself.
While Ortega might have seemed like a young addition to a show about stalking and murder, this isn't the first time a younger actor has played a role in the series. Remember Joe's neighbor, Paco, in Season 1? The pair developed a unique bond, as Joe often gave Paco books as well as advice for staying safe from his mother's abusive boyfriend. Despite Joe's serial-killer ways, he seems to have a soft spot for trying to help kids navigate tough situations, which is one of the twisted ways they made Joe seem likeable in the series. Some even speculated Paco would be in You Season 2, since he and his mother left for Los Angeles at the end of last season. However, it looks like Ellie took on on the role of Joe's youthful neighbor this time in Season 2.
Since Netflix renewed You for a Season 3, fans might get to see more of Ortega as Ellie. While there’s no official word on whether Ellie will be part of Joe’s life in the suburbs, Ortega thinks she might have a good chance of getting to reprise her role. “I don't think her storyline has fully run its course, and I say this because the writers have been so brilliant in the way that they left so many possibilities open,” she told Business Insider. At the same time, Ortega said she’s also nervous for Ellie’s fate if she is part of Season 3. “If I come back that would be great, but at the same time, I'm kind of scared because Ellie knows so much. I mean, [Joe and Love] couldn't kill my character right? Like, could they kill the 15-year-old? ... But also, she knows too much!”
If Ortega looked familiar in You, that’s because she is basically a Hollywood staple. Ortega has been acting since she was 9 years old, most notably playing Harley in Disney Channel's Stuck in the Middle and Young Jane in The CW's iconic Jane the Virgin.She also made history with Disney, voicing the role of Isabel, the network's first-ever Latina princess in Elena of Avalor. Plus, she’s got a lot more on the horizon. Since her You debut, Ortega has been cast as the lead in high-school drama The Fallout, and upcoming film roles on Yes Day opposite Jennifer Garner and The Babysitter 2 opposite Bella Thorne.
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