Scream Queens 2 takes a new cadre of 10 aspiring actresses and gives them the chance to win a breakthrough role in “Saw 3D,” the next film in Lionsgate’s “Saw” horror franchise. The reality competition series is produced by Lionsgate and Joke Productions, Inc. SQ2 premiered on Monday, August 2nd on VH1.
Monterey, California-born, Bronx-raised beauty Jessica Ortiz made an impressively strong first showing during the season premiere of VH1‘s original program, Scream Queens 2, on August 2nd, taking the title of “leading lady” for the week. In addition, her recorded performances were selected for the faux trailerof the fictional horror film produced during the segment’s competition—Kiss of the Devil.
The self-described free sprit out-shined and beat out nine other contestants with a focused and nuanced performance that impressed both the program’s judges and fellow contestants alike. During the rigorous challenge, Ortiz demonstrated that she has the ‘bi-coastal’ chops to take the title of Scream Queen during season two of the reality-based series, and landing a coveted spot on the next installment of the highly-successful SAW franchise – SAW 3D. The film is due in theaters October 29th and is the final chapter in the billion-dollar franchise.
23-year old Jessica Ortiz—who is of Puerto Rican descent—studied acting for 21/2 years. Once she completed her acting conservatory, she began searching for auditions and casting calls in Backstage. As luck would have it, she came across a listing announcing the search for the next ‘great-slash-hot horror’ actress. “I watched all of SQ Season 1 and fell in love with it! A year later, I saw the notice for SQ2 and I auditioned right away!”
This season’s cast will be put through a horror boot camp. Overseeing the 10 hopefuls will be seasoned horror film actress Jaime King(My Bloody Valentine 3D, Sin City, The Tripper), acting coach John Homa, and director Tim Sullivan(2001 Maniacs, Driftwood). To put the opportunity into perspective, season one winner Tanedra Howardwas featured in SAW VI, and will reprise her role in SAW 3D. But despite the potential for glory, the consequences for a weak performance is instantly deadly: The first contestant to be ‘axed’ from the series in season two was Lana Underwood, whose father is noted Tremorshelmer Ron Underwood.
Jessica lists her family at the top of her support system: “My family gives me so much love, encouragement, and support — they are the reason why I’m so motivated and they make me want to chase my dreams even faster!” Among her industry role models are Oscar-winning actress Penélope Cruz and maverick director Robert Rodríguez,and she readily admits that her ultimate dream would be to work alongside Cruz in a film directed by Rodríguez. Her favorite horror movies include: The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Holloween (proof that she’s ‘horrifically’ mature beyond her years). “Exorcist scares me the most,” she adds.
Now that Jessica is emerging as a talent to be reckoned with, her goals going forward as an actor are simple, yet self-challenging:
“I work on my craft everyday, practice my monologues, read screenplays, and make time for salsa dancing and boxing to stay fit. And when there’s a role suited for me, I’m going to be as ready as I can. I love what I do because it’s a struggle. Scream Queens 2 has given me an opportunity to expand my acting horizons and begin my career as a working actress!”
LATIN HORROR is putting its money on Jessica to kill off the competition. Latinas in horror – REPRESENT!
Read the scene sides from the 2009 casting sessions for Scream Queens 2: