‘The Fallout’ Star Jenna Ortega On The Horror Of School Shootings: “It Could Happen Anywhere, At Any Time”

Jenna Ortega starred in the American teen drama movie, The Fallout (2022) as Vada Cavell. The film also stars Maddie Ziegler as Mia Reed and deals with the trauma survivors of school shootings that happen within the premises. Ortega shared that she respects anybody who has experienced a shooting in real life and believes it could happen anywhere at any time. Find out what more she has to say about the real-life shooting.

Jenna Ortega talks about The Fallout Movie: Film explained in a summary

In The Fallout, Ortega played the role of a teenage student Vada, who survives the horrific mass shooting in the school. And now, the character is trying to move on and lead a normal life. However, her past still haunts her, and she gets reminded of those horrendous moments that happened around her when she was hiding in the toilet with Mia.

The Fallout is a relevant film that showcases shootings that happen daily in America. The entire flick focuses on the trauma kids go through, which is too bad for them. And they have no other option but to carry that incident throughout their life. It must be a shocking experience for those who have witnessed these events in reality. 

The Fallout star Jenna Ortega had some unfortunate real-life inspiration. Being an actress she lived through tragic events in the US that were in danger of mass shootings.

Recently, Ortega had an interview with a website called Deadline, where she shared her experience in public school. She also spoke about how it helped her get ready to play the delicate role of the character in the movie.

Jenna Ortega talks about unfortunate real-life inspiration similar to the mass shooting in The Fallout 

Jenna Ortega was asked about what was her experience in being a part of The Fallout with a delicate story. She shared her trust in the director, and writer Megan Park helped her in the process. Here is what she said:

“A project like this, it’s so relevant and it’s so unfortunately real that I think it was a bit nerve-wracking because obviously I only want to be respectful to anybody who’s ever experienced anything like this before. It’s a very sensitive topic. But after meeting with Megan, the writer-director who’s so wonderful and put so much time and effort into this project, knowing that she was only coming from a place of respect and well-meaning and had educated herself on the topic, I felt safe to proceed.”

Apart from explaining this delicate topic before the production, Ortega channeled her experience with public schools to make her character realistic and bring it back to life. She shared that it is normal for students to undergo shooting drills and notice fire weapons. Here is what she said:

“I went up [to public school] until my freshman year of high school. I was in public school. We always had active shooter drills. When I was in eighth grade, we had an active shooter drill that was supposed to take place after lunch. And as soon as lunch began, the alarm system went off and the teachers ushered all the students into our main auditorium. And we were asking, ‘Wasn’t this supposed to start later?’ And we’re thinking, ‘Oh, maybe they’re trying to do an element of surprise or something like that.’ And even when we were sitting in the auditorium, it just seemed a bit off, and we kept asking the teachers, ‘Is this real? Is this real?’”

She continued, “We didn’t realize it was actually a real situation. And apparently, a student had brought a gun on campus and was showing people. The police came, they escorted the student out and it was a whole big deal. It’s intense when something suddenly turns real like that. Nobody ever really understands until it happens to them. So, I think I had already had that moment of ‘it could happen anywhere, at any time.’ My younger siblings, there have been times when they have been told not to go to school on certain days because there was a bomb threat or something. It’s awful.”

Finally, Jenna Ortega went through a similar situation in her school days, so she can totally relate to the real-life mass shooting survivors. The Fallout is loved by many viewers all over the globe so far for its realistic story. If you haven’t watched the film yet, then it is streaming now on HBO Max. You can also have a look at the trailer below.:

 

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