Jenna Ortega shares details about playing Lydia's daughter in “Beetlejuice ”sequel: 'We butt heads quite a bit'

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"I’m not wearing pink and a cheerleader, but I am a little bit against my mom’s history or past."

It’s showtime! Jenna Ortega has revealed new details about her role as the daughter of Winona Ryder’s character Lydia Deetz in the highly anticipated Beetlejuice sequel, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice.

The Wednesday actress, who is teaming up with director Tim Burton again for this film, has revealed that her character Astrid is "weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume."

“The relationship between Lydia and Astrid, my character, is very important,” Ortega said in a new interview withVanity Fair. “And it’s also really strange because it’s a lot of catching up and putting the pieces together of what’s gone on in Lydia’s life since, which is nice, I think, for anybody who loves the character and is excited to see her again.”

<p>Leon Bennett/Getty Images; Everett Collection</p> Jenna Ortega; Winona Ryder in 'Beetlejuice'

Leon Bennett/Getty Images; Everett Collection

Jenna Ortega; Winona Ryder in 'Beetlejuice'

But just because Astrid is different from Lydia, “I wouldn’t say she’s bright and sunny at all," Ortega teased.

“She doesn’t go to the opposite end of the spectrum, but any kid who becomes a teenager wants to be removed from their parents,” she explained. “I think they instantly just fight whatever it is that their parent loves… I’m not wearing pink and a cheerleader, but I am a little bit against my mom’s history or past. We butt heads quite a bit.”

Still, Ortega, who is a longtime fan of the original 1988 classic, said it was a unique experience pretending to be annoyed with her onscreen mother when they were shooting together. “For me, Lydia is the coolest ever,” she said. “So then to play her daughter and also have to be like, ‘Mom…,’ and roll your eyes was definitely more challenging for me as an actor, but super fun to play.”

She also praised the film's set designers, who rebuilt the fictional town of Winter River from the ground up for the sequel. 

“For a lot of the cast that was revisiting Vermont, it felt weird to rush such a sentimental moment for them, seeing that house again and being together and calling each other by the same names again,” Ortega recalled. “But for the most part, up until the very last day, I feel like the shoot was a celebration of everyone being back together and doing practical effects again. It was probably the happiest I had ever seen Tim on a set, where he’s clapping at the monitor and shouting and laughing, which was really, really endearing.”

The forthcoming sequel stars Ortega alongside Ryder, Willem Dafoe, and Michael Keaton, the latter or whom is reprising his role as everyone’s favorite bio-exorcist, Beetlejuice. Speaking with Empire Magazine last year, Keaton called shooting the movie “the most f---in’ fun you can have working.”

“It’s so fun. It’s so great. And you know what it is? We’re doing it exactly like we did the first movie," he said. "There’s a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line — I want people to know this because I love it — tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move."

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is due in theaters on Sept. 6.

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