March 12, 2023


Jenna Ortega ‘freaking out’ during Paul Mescal meeting

Jenna Ortega gets candid about her first meet-up with Paul Mescal

By Melanie Aiden March 12, 2023
Jenna Ortega ‘freaking out’ during Paul Mescal meeting: 'Freaking Out'

Jenna Ortega freaked out.

Jenna Ortega admitted to being starstruck at last month's 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

On Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 20-year-old Wednesday star recalled her first meeting with Paul Mescal, who was sitting at the same table as her during the awards ceremony.

"I was kind of freaking out because [Zendaya] was sitting next to Paul Mescal, who I think is so talented and so good," Ortega told host Jimmy Fallon of the Oscar nominee.

"And I was so nervous to meet him and I knew he was going to be at my table. And I remember he introduced himself to me when I wasn't expecting it."

"He was like, 'Oh, Hi! Nice to meet you. I'm Paul.' And I was nervous, I kind of couldn't look him in the eye so I fear that it was bit like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. Aftersun was great,'" she said, rendering their conversation.

Jenna Ortega and Aubrey Plaza 'have nothing in common'

Ortega, who is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, collaborated with Aubrey Plaza to introduce the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series at the SAG Awards.

Plaza, 38, finally said, "I don't know why they paired us up together," after a full ten seconds of silence at the podium.

"I know, we have nothing in common," Ortega replied.

"We should find the people who did this," Plaza said, before the two star simultaneously recited, "And curse their families and watch as misfortune follows their bloodline for the next seven generations."

"Okay, I see it now," Plaza joked.