Johnny Depp has expressed his deep dismay and indignation in response to unfounded rumors that have circulated online, suggesting that he is romantically involved with 20-year-old actress Jenna Ortega. Recent gossip has insinuated that the actor, who is four decades older than Ortega, is dating the young star known for her role in Netflix’s “Wednesday.”
The speculation took root when the celebrity gossip account Deuxmoi hinted at sightings of the two together. While some online users speculated that perhaps they were merely collaborating on Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice 2,” others took a more sensationalist view, suggesting that a romantic connection was in the works.
Jenna Ortega catapulted to fame following her role in the Netflix Addams Family spin-off series, “Wednesday,” which premiered last year. Her journey in the entertainment industry began as a child actor, portraying young Jane in “Jane the Virgin.” Over the years, she has made a name for herself with appearances in notable projects like “Scream VI,” “X,” and “Yes Day.”
On the other hand, Johnny Depp, the 60-year-old veteran actor, has left an indelible mark on the film industry with iconic roles in productions such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
In response to the rampant and unfounded dating rumors, Jenna Ortega took to her Instagram Story to set the record straight. She conveyed her frustration by stating, “This is so ridiculous I can’t even laugh. I have never met or worked with Johnny Depp in my life. Please stop spreading lies and leave us alone.”
Soon after, Johnny Depp’s representatives issued a statement vehemently denying any personal or professional relationship between the actor and Jenna Ortega. The statement emphasized that Depp had never met or spoken to Ortega, refuting any claims of involvement in a shared project. Depp expressed his deep disappointment at the baseless and malicious nature of the rumors, asserting that they were aimed at damaging his reputation and career.
This unequivocal denial puts an end to the sensational dating rumors and dispels any notions of Depp and Ortega’s involvement, both personally and professionally. Furthermore, it appears that Depp is not set to be part of the upcoming Tim Burton movie.
However, Jenna Ortega is confirmed to star in the film alongside renowned actors such as Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton. The movie is currently slated for release in 2024.
These dating rumors emerged at a time when Jenna Ortega has been candid about the detrimental impact of social media trolls on her well-being. During an interview as part of Variety’s Actors-on-Actors series with Elle Fanning, she discussed the toxicity of online trolling.
Ortega observed that social media often fuels a culture of comparison, leading to a bandwagon mentality that is highly manipulative. While she would like to express her dry humor online, she is cautious about what she shares due to the presence of online trolls. The more famous she has become, especially after the release of “Wednesday,” the more trolling she has faced.
The actress revealed that trolls exploit vulnerability in unexpected ways and broke down in tears, expressing the emotional toll this takes. Striking a balance between honesty and safeguarding one’s health and safety in the digital age has proven challenging for her, highlighting the complexities of navigating the pressures of fame and the perils of online abuse.