Jenna Ortega Recalls 'Insane' Time on 'Beetlejuice 2' Set: 'I Can't Wait for People to See' (Exclusive)

The 21-year-old actress stars in 'Beetlejuice 2' alongside Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton.

Jenna Ortega made her show-stopping Emmys debut on Monday. The 21-year-old actress arrived at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles looking as glamorous as ever in a strapless floral dress by Dior. 

Speaking to ET's Kevin Frazier on the red carpet, Ortega revealed that her dress took approximately 600 hours to make because it was handsewn. "I think because of all the little beads and there was a lot of work put into this," she reveals. "I feel really, really nervous. It's like an art piece, I don't want to mess it up."

It's a big night of firsts for the rising star. Ortega is nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for her performance in Netflix's Wednesday. She's facing off against Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Natasha Lyonne (Poker Face).

The nomination also makes Ortega the second youngest woman ever to be nominated in the category, coming in three years older than Patty Duke, who was 17 when she was recognized for The Patty Duke Show in 1964. 

Wednesday, which is adapted from The Addams Family franchise, scored 12 total nominations, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series and a directing nod for Tim Burton, who is also a first-time Emmy nominee. 

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It's been an exciting season for Ortega and the series -- which is currently filming season 2. The Emmy nominations follow a string of accolades, including acting nominations for the 2023 Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as individual wins at the Critics Choice Super Awards and the MTV Movie & TV Awards.  

In addition to the second season of Wednesday, Ortega is also gearing up for the release of Beetlejuice 2. Of the forthcoming project, Ortega tells ET that it's "some of the most fun I've ever had on a set." She adds, "Visually, so exciting. Everything was practical."

"I think we're not using very much CGI or something like that at all," Ortega notes. 

The upcoming sequel also stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder. Speaking on the cast, Ortega says, "Everyone did an incredible job. I felt so lucky to be there, it was insane ... I can't wait for people to see."

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, originally set to take place last September, was postponed due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. Hosted by Anthony Anderson at L.A. Live's Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony will air live Monday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET on Fox, and will be streamed Tuesday, Jan. 16 on Hulu. Keep checking for complete Emmys coverage and for the full winners' list.


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