Jade Small
Jade Small
February 26, 2024 ·  3 min read

Jenna Ortega Was Only 19 When She Filmed X-rated scenes With 37-Year-Old Kid Cudi

Jenna Ortega gained notoriety recently for her sultry moment with Martin Freeman, but because of her past collaborations with Kid Cudi, the actress is accustomed to handling age disparities. The sequence from the 21-year-old Wednesday star’s latest film Miller’s Girl went viral online, shocking audiences.

In the scene, Jenna Ortega and 52-year-old Freeman play characters from a narrative that Ortega’s character, Cairo Sweet, wrote. The characters are shown getting into a passionate exchange. Many viewers found it unsettling to see the actor playing a teenager on Wednesday become so engrossed with the guy who brought Sherlock Holmes’ protégé to life, but Ortega has been in scenes with age differences before.

Jenna Ortega Starred With Cudi in the 1979-set horror movie X in 2022

In the film, a gang of teenage filmmakers set out to create an adult film in a rural Texas setting. However, when they are caught red-handed filming their suggestive sequences, they wind up battling for their lives. In the movie, Jenna Ortega, who was 19 at the time, had to undress for a sexual encounter with Cudi, who was 37 at the time. Tandi Wright, the intimacy coordinator, led the cast and received accolades for making them feel at ease during the filming. Described as something she has “never done before,” Ortega expressed her “extreme eagerness” to work on the project in an interview with Indie Wire.

Jenna Ortega in the film.
Image Credits: Little Lamb/Mad Solar Productions

According to Unilad, she did admit that her sex scene “wasn’t initially in the script,” though. She explained: “When I signed on, that wasn’t a part [of the film]. It was something that came later on. [It was] flipping the stereotype over and just taking somebody who you wouldn’t see in that position suddenly in that position. I think it adds to the spontaneity of the decision and also just the spontaneity of the film.” Wright was dubbed “the sweetest, kindest intimacy coordinator in the world” by Ortega. After two years, Ortega collaborated with an intimacy coordinator once more on Miller’s Girl, where Kristina Arjona was responsible for ensuring the performers felt secure and at ease.

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While filming the more personal sequences, Arjona made it apparent that many, many individuals were involved in ensuring Ortega’s happiness. Speaking to the Mail Online, she said: “‘I’m hyper-aware of both of my talent and making sure that we’re consistently checking in and that at no point are any of their boundaries being surpassed. And again, making sure – especially with someone significantly younger – that they are giving continuous consent.” 

Jenna and Tandi were in touch frequently to talk about scenes and how they were performed. Similarly, in Jenna’s upcoming movie Miller’s Girl co-worker Kristina Arjona exclusively told DailyMail.com that the actress was involved in choices on the curating of the raunchy sequences. For her X-rated sex scene with Martin Freeman, Kristina asserted that the actress was “sure of what she wanted to do” and that no “boundaries were surpassed.” In the age-gap drama, Jenna, 21, portrays Cairo Sweet, an 18-year-old student, and Martin, 52, her instructor Jonathan Miller.

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