Jenna Ortega opened up about her love life during Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert podcast on March 6. The 20-year-old actress revealed, “I almost don’t even find myself interested, but I think a big part of it is self-esteem. Like, I don’t think I’m ready to be that vulnerable or trusting with someone.”
Though she hasn’t been dating lately, she’d been in a serious relationship before. She shared, “I was in a relationship for a couple of years, but I stopped when things got too hectic.” She explained that the split had nothing to do with the person she was dating but more because she couldn’t juggle a relationship and her demanding career.
She added, “If there’s one thing I’m going to focus on, which is probably something I need to change, it’s gonna be my work.”
The Wednesday star also mentioned that she was giving much to her career that there are times when can’t even meet her personal needs. If she gets into a relationship now, she explained, “I just don’t think it’d be fair to somebody.”
Ortega also said the same thing on ELLE released on March 7, where she’s the April cover story. She said, “Maybe I am too obsessed with my work, but the idea of relationships stresses me out. And also being that vulnerable with someone and having to get to know someone that well and having someone see you for all that you are…My brain knows that I don’t need to think about that right now.”
“I am so fearful of disappointing the people in my life, or even people in public,” she added. “I want to live up to people’s expectations, which is something that I need to get over, but I’m also scared that, I don’t know, maybe someone will get to know me too well and realize that I’m not all that.”
Aside from this, she also admitted that she finds it hard to take compliments. According to her, “The kind words that I hear that they say about me through other people are unbelievable to me. I feel like just the people in my life see me in a way that I don’t really see myself.”