2. “Paris, Texas” by Wim Wenders The first time I watched “Paris, Texas” was the first time I got emotional about a movie. It only stings with hurt. I haven’t seen many slow motion movies so I didn’t expect it to be so heartbreaking. By itself it doesn’t explain too much. You follow Travis [Harry Dean Stanton], and you slowly peel back the layers. Every time I watch it, I forget where I am.
3. Butter rice roll I’m a vegetarian, and whenever people ask me what my favorite food is, I hesitate to the point where I can’t answer them. So I would say, “Oh, I love avocados.” And people will say, “But that’s not a meal.” Well, I love sushi and I love avocado, and now that’s my treat. You know how kids always go with chicken and chips? That’s my chicken and chips.
4. My Sony Headphones I only have them. They are noise cancellation. Sound is great. I never had to talk to people when they were on top because they were big and bulky. I am referred to by many as “permanent earphones” because I always wear them around my neck. I can’t imagine going through life all day without some kind of background music. Even just feeling the weight of the headphones on my chest gives me a sense of relief.
5. “La Haine” by Mathieu Kassovitz If I was going to direct something, it would have to be something like this. You feel like you know the characters. It exudes life. It’s three boys in Paris talking about police brutality and the struggles they had to go through during their days. What strikes me about this movie is that it will always be relevant. That’s unfortunate, but I think it makes sense given how much power it has.
6. Radiohead’s “OK Calculator” I was shooting a movie called “X” in New Zealand and I became really, really close friends with Jim, one of the PAs. [production assistants] on set, who was a huge fan of Radiohead. Jim said that his favorite album was “OK Computer,” and he explained to me the impact it had on him growing up. And it became the only thing I heard. My first time out of the country alone. I just turned 18, so I had that independence. You are slowly becoming an adult and the world is getting scarier, away from home and learning to do everything yourself. So, I think that because I’m so nostalgic about that time in my life, that album will forever hold great meaning.
7. Driving I couldn’t sleep because of the time difference going from Eastern Europe to the West Coast of the US So I went out every night and drove, and I realized that was probably when I was happiest. I don’t talk to anyone. I am focused. I can roll down the window and enjoy the flavors outside. It’s a freedom I wish I could experience all the time. That’s another thing, too: You capture some crazy perspectives. You become very observant because there is nothing else to do, especially when you really have nowhere to go.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/25/arts/television/jenna-ortega-fallout.html Jenna Ortega Gets Thrills From Radiohead and ‘Paris, Texas’