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‘Beetlejuice 2’ Star Jenna Ortega Confirms Her Role as Lydia’s Daughter in Belated Sequel

‘Beetlejuice 2’ Star Jenna Ortega Confirms Her Role as Lydia’s Daughter in Belated Sequel

Beetlejuice 2 star Jenna Ortega thinks more movies need to be weird, and credits the success of Wednesday to being offbeat. The Wednesday and Scream actress joins the returning Beetlejuice cast of Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara.

In a recent interview, she let slip some details about her Beetlejuice 2 (AKA Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice) character. “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I am Lydia Deetz’s daughter, so I’ll give that away,” Ortega told Vanity Fair. “She’s weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume, I would say. The relationship between Lydia (Ryder) and Astrid, my character, is very important. And it’s also really strange because it’s a lot of catching up and putting the pieces together of what’s gone on in Lydia’s life since, which is nice, I think, for anybody who loves the character and is excited to see her again.”

Jenna Ortega Believes Modern Audiences Need the Gothic Vibes of ‘Beetlejuice 2’

Jena Ortega is over the moon about bringing back the gothic vibes of Beetlejuice to the younger crowd in 2024.

“I feel like studios nowadays, of course they want people in seats and you’ve got to do reboots or sequels or things like that to get people entwined, but to bring ‘Beetlejuice’ back — of all of the stories –is so good because people need to revisit weird, strange, off-putting stories again,” Ortega explained.

The actress, who also appeared in the offbeat slasher X back in 2022, stressed modern audiences need to see more strange offerings. “We need to introduce the younger generation that’s always on the phone to new artistic and creative ideas,” she said. “The weirder you get with it, the more people you can get to see it, I think will probably do a lot for film in general.”

Meanwhile, Ortega credits the “strange and unusual” with the break-out success of Netflix’s Wednesday. She maintains that season two of the series will only push the weird envelope.

“In the first season we had episodes that really stood out visually. Like the dance episode was a really big one for people. That setting was very particular and it felt like Prom Night, a little bit, or Carrie,” Ortega pointed out. “Every episode [of Season 2] that I’ve read so far is like that. It just stands out on its own as a very memorable scene or bit or setting. I think [that] is what I’m most excited for. To pull that off for eight episodes is, I think, really incredible and really lucky.”

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice conjures into theaters on September 6th.