Hiya, Ellie? Jenna Ortega might have been absent from the final two seasons of You — however that doesn’t imply viewers won’t ever see her face on the Netflix hit once more.
“Any character who’s not useless who is aware of something about Joe, it’s truthful recreation to attempt to exert any justice,” showrunner Sera Gamble informed IndieWire in an interview printed on Thursday, February 9. “And any character who’s useless, [Joe] has a very lively creativeness.”
Ortega, 20, starred reverse Penn Badgley on season 2 of the psychological thriller, which premiered in December 2019. The Scream actress portrayed Ellie, a pal of Joe’s (Badgley), who miraculously escapes along with her life.
Whereas Gamble, 39, informed the outlet on Thursday that she initially “wished to convey Ellie again,” she finally heard that Ortega was “performing some present” — fellow Netflix collection Wednesday — and wouldn’t be obtainable to movie.
Regardless of not reprising her function for You’s fourth season, Gamble couldn’t be extra happy with Ortega’s success.
“It’s been simply such a pleasure to see Jenna this year,” the showrunner gushed of the Fallout star. “We’ve got concepts for Ellie if her schedule permits her to go to us once more. … These are some busy, in-demand actors.”
Ortega, for her half, beforehand revealed she could be open to returning to the collection — however solely below a number of circumstances.
“I don’t need her to return again and be extraordinarily susceptible and unhappy,” she informed Teen People in 2019. “We’ve got to do not forget that though individuals nonetheless discover Joe considerably charming, he’s evil, he does horrible issues and he will get away with them due to his gender and race and his place in society.”
The California native added that she would like to see Ellie turn out to be an “even larger badass” and “take management of her life” after ending the season by shifting to Florida. “She has a lot potential and a lot expertise that she shouldn’t waste due to him,” she defined on the time.
For now, Ortega is concentrated on her portrayal of Wednesday — a efficiency that earned her a 2023 Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Actress in a Musical/Comedy Series. It’s a job the Sure Day star takes critically.
“Somebody like Wednesday appears very one tone. However there are a lot of different routes that you could possibly take with somebody like her,” Ortega informed Netflix’s Tudum in November 2022 following the season 1 premiere. “Including these layers of insecurity or these lived-in qualities that make a young person a young person is basically fascinating.”
She added, “Particularly with a personality that we’ve by no means gotten the chance to know nicely sufficient, as a result of she’s all the time been the one-liner, off to the facet with a humorous punchline. To really have actual frustration and uncertainty was actually fascinating to play and uncover.”