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'You' Actress Jenna Ortega Hopes To Use Her Platform To Help The Latinx Community Feel Represented & 'Proud'

Apr. 2 2021, Updated 3:06 p.m. ET

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She's just 18 years old, but Jenna Ortega is quickly making her mark in Hollywood.

The star first caught viewers' attention when she played a younger version of the titular character in Jane the Virgin, but her role in Netflix's You raised her star power even more.

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With several other projects under her belt — aside from landing a role in the fifth installment of Scream, she starred in Yes Day with Jennifer Garner — she's now finding ways to use her platform to make a difference.

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While Ortega has posted plenty of photos form her time on set with her popular costars, she also uses her social media to relate to her fans — and her fun attitude is one of the countless reasons her fan base is continuing to grow.

A few months ago, the brunette beauty shared a selfie that featured her with cream on her upper lip — something plenty of girls do, but don't always publicize.

"I was literally just bleaching my mustache ... because I'm Latina. I think anybody who is a person of color or has dark hair has that struggle," she explained. "So I just figured [I'd post it], because social media is so inauthentic. I try to make things more natural and honest."

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Her Latin background is something she's proud of, and she hopes that by finding success in showbiz, she can inspire others to reach their dreams as well.

"Growing up, I didn’t really have many Latinx icons to look up to," she admitted to Elite Daily. "Growing up, I had trouble with self-confidence, or seeing myself, because I didn’t really feel seen."

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"When I was four years old, I wanted to dye my hair blonde so I looked like Cinderella. I think that is a really good example of kids not being confident in their appearance because [they don't feel] visible in film or television," she pointed out. "So I think it’s really important for young kids who are growing up [to] see themselves there."

"We are prevalent and we should be heard," she stated. "With everything I do, I would like to make them proud."

And though Ortega is excited to witness Hollywood becoming more inclusive, she noted that there's still a ton of work left to do.

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To start, Ortega said that casting directors need to portray the Latinx community "in a more positive light, but stop putting ethnic restrictions on characters. I think that’s the most ridiculous thing ever."

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"You'll read a breakdown for somebody, and it’s like: blonde hair, blue eyes, or African American descent. Unless it’s a story about the oppression that [specific marginalized groups] face, or anything like that, obviously cast authentically to that. But I mean characters in general," she elaborated.

"If you’re writing a story about a family and it’s not specific about what kind of family you’re writing, it should be more open in that sense," she continued. "Overall, just stop trying to check off boxes."

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