In Hollywood, new rumors surface about one star or another, leaving celebrities to either confirm or refute them. Some stories turn out to be accurate, while others are nothing more than mere unsubstantiated gossip. Arguably, one of the most salacious rumors to rock Hollywood concerns that of actress Jenna Ortega and musician and Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp.
While even the unlikeliest of celebrity rumors cause audiences to gasp, such as Ariana Grande's romance with her Wicked movie co-star Ethan Slater, the idea that Jenna Ortega and Johnny Depp could be embroiled in any scandal together has caused fans to shake their heads in disbelief. Evidence of the two stars involved in a scandal remains flimsy at best. Nevertheless, gossip mills continue to print countless stories about them. Reality Tidbit has even insinuated that if Ortega is confirmed to be associated with Depp, her otherwise spotless reputation in Hollywood might face irrevocable damage.
In typical Hollywood fashion, rumors of a romance between Jenna Ortega and Johnny Depp initially gained traction on social media. The forum Reddit, showcases numerous threads discussing an alleged affair between the two celebrities.
The dating rumor has also attracted the attention of various entertainment media outlets, which, in turn, publish countless articles dissecting Jenna Ortega and Johnny Depp's alleged relationship. So far, the only evidence connecting the two stars includes various blind items, fan sightings, and their connection with director Tim Burton.
Jenna Ortega, born in Coachella Valley, California, on September 27, 2002, first developed an interest in acting when she was six. She began her career in 2012 and went on to co-star in TV series and films such as CSI: NY, Iron Man 3, and You. Jenna Ortega's breakthrough role came when she starred as the title character in the hit Netflix series Wednesday. Since then, Jenna Ortega has become one of Hollywood's most in-demand young actresses, starring in hit films such as Scream IV and even hosting an episode of SNL.
Adding to her extensive resume, Jenna Ortega has been confirmed to star in the remake of the 1988 film Beetlejuice. Details about the movie's plot are scarce; however, what's certain is that Jenna Ortega will play Lydia Deetz's daughter, and just as in the original Beetlejuice, Tim Burton, who also worked on Wednesday with Jenna Ortega, serves as the film's director.
Despite Johnny Depp's friendship with Tim Burton and his starring roles in several of the famed director's films, such as Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Corpse Bride, the likelihood of his involvement in Beetlejuice 2 remains slim to none.
While Jenna Ortega and Johnny Depp won't be appearing together in Beetlejuice 2, it's been revealed that the two stars will feature in a four-part documentary series about Tim Burton.
Representatives for Jenna Ortega and Johnny Depp have issued separate statements in which they vehemently denied the stars are dating. The representatives disclaimed that people should not jump to conclusions and base their assumptions on idle gossip.
While it is likely that Jenna Ortega has a certain amount of respect for Johnny Depp as an actor, the actress has not publicly spoken about him in any capacity.
Since Jenna Ortega catapulted into the limelight, she has been extremely private about her romantic life. Besides the false rumor of her dating Johnny Depp, Jenna Ortega has been romantically linked to many other high-profile stars. Her rumored partners have included social media influencer and singer Jacob Sartouris, Asher Angel, Isaak Presley, and Wednesday co-star Percy Hynes White. However, Jenna Ortega told Elle magazine that she was not dating anyone, adding:
"Maybe I am too obsessed with my work, but the idea of relationships stresses me out. And also being that vulnerable with someone having to get to know someone that well having someone see you for all you are. My brain knows that I don't need to think about that right now."
Johnny Depp has had several high-profile relationships. He dated and was engaged to Winona Ryder and Jennifer Grey during the late 1980's and early 1990's. He also dated British supermodel Kate Moss in the mid-1990s and was married to French singer Vanessa Paradis for nearly 14 years, with the couple having two kids together. Johnny Depp's most infamous relationship was with his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Their short-lived marriage ended in a highly publicized legal battle that went on for several years.
According to US Weekly, in addition to the rumors that he was dating Jenna Ortega, Johnny Depp has been romantically linked with British attorney Joelle Rich. However, Johnny Depp's representatives have made a statement denying the claim.
Jenna Ortega's filmography showcases her upcoming involvement in several projects, including a starring role alongside actor Paul Rudd in the dark comedy film Death of a Unicorn. Furthermore, Netflix has officially announced that Jenna Ortega will reprise her role as Wednesday Addams in the series Wednesday.
Johnny Depp starred and co-produced the critically acclaimed biopic film, Jeanne du Barry. He has also revealed his involvement in what will be his second self-directed film,"Modi" which centers around the life of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
False rumors often damage a celebrity's career by tarnishing their reputation. Even in cases where a celebrity's reputation remains intact in the public eye, such stories still can impose undue stress. Regarding the dating rumor between Jenna Ortega and Johnny Depp, while some fans may have celebrated the possibility of a romance, others criticized it primarily due to the vast age difference between the stars as well as Depp's well-documented legal troubles and alleged abusive treatment towards ex-wife Amber Heard.