|“||Hey, can I bring anything tonight?||”|
— Jenna Hamilton
|Full name:||Jenna P. Hamilton|
|Alias:||Hamiltart, Girlfriend, Pussy, J, My Girl, Hoe, J-Town, Hamiltoe, Hamilton, Home Girl, Lil' Bitch, Skitch, Hamiltramp, Slut, Hoebag Slut Machine, Jennadict Arnold|
|Age:||17-18 (born December 2, 1995)|
|Occupation:|| Student at Palos Hills High School|
Cheer-assistant for the Titans Cheerleaders
|Relatives:|| Kevin Hamilton (father) |
Lacey Hamilton (mother)
Aunt Ally (non-biological aunt)
|Friends:|| Tamara Kaplan (best friend forever) |
Ming Huang (best friend)
Clark Stevenson (close friend)
Kristy Patton (former friend)
Angelique Welch (possible former friend)
|Relationships:|| Luke (ex-boyfriend) |
Matty McKibben (ex-boyfriend)
Jake Rosati (ex-boyfriend)
Collin Jennings (never exclusive affair, ended)
Ricky Schwartz (kissed, deceased)
|Enemies:|| Sadie Saxton|
|Portrayed by:||Ashley Rickards|
Jenna P. Hamilton is the central character and female lead of the MTV series Awkward. She is a 17 year old senior student at Palos Hills High School and blogger who lives in Palos Hills, California, with her parents Lacey and Kevin Hamilton.
Jenna is best friends with Tamara Kaplan and Ming Huang. She shares an antagonistic relationship with Sadie Saxton, which has never evolved. However they briefly worked together to work against new enemy Amber Horn. She had an on-and-off romantic relationship with Matty McKibben, until she cheated on him with Collin Jennings. They started having a friends with benefits, but Jenna started to realize that he's hiding her from others again, and broke it off. She briefly dated Jake Rosati, but broke-up with him to be with Matty. She was recently in a relationship with Luke, who is a smart college student, but they recently broke-up.
Jenna has also been struggling to live a "normal life" ever since a misunderstanding which led people into thinking she had a "failed suicide attempt," and because of this she has been counseling with Valerie Marks, who gives Jenna terrible advice and considers Jenna her "best friend."
After she dated Collin, her personality, wardrobe and attitude began to change, making her reckless, uncaring and more daring, and as a result she was alienated by her friends, but it's later revealed that Collin still had a sexual relationship with his ex-girlfriend. Collin told Jenna that their relationship wasn't exclusive, this made it clear that they are no longer together, but she managed to make everything right between her friends and family.
Jenna is described as smart, compassionate, empathetic, caring and friendly. But she can be vulnerable, a little selfish with what she wants and placed in very awkward situations, however as of now she has started to grow up and take control with her life, making her even more mature since the series started.
She is played by American actress and director Ashley Rickards.
Jenna P. Hamilton is the daughter of Lacey and Kevin Hamilton, who had Jenna when they were seventeen, and it's mentioned that when Lacey's pregnancy got revealed to Kevin's parents, they had an angry confrontation with her, and too make matters worse, this resulted in her throwing up, but it's unknown if they've made up since then. Jenna was born on December 2, 1995 in Los Angeles at 7:32 P.M. Because her parents had her at a young age, they are childish and embarrassing towards Jenna, as they both try to be her friend rather than a parent.
Sometime during her childhood, Jenna befriended Kristy Patton, whom she mentioned used to eat paste, but this friendship is assumed to be short-lived since they're no longer close in high school. She also befriended Tamara Kaplan and Ming Huang, who are her best friends. It was shown, that she has a playhouse in her garden and used to collect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. Prior to the beginning of the series, it is suggested that Jenna and Sadie Saxton have never been on good or friendly terms and have been long-term enemies for a long time. It has also been mentioned that during Aunt Ally's visits, Jenna used to always has to spend time in care during her childhood.
Before Pilot, it shows in a flashback that she lost her virginity to Matty McKibben at summer camp in a supply closet, although after they had sex, he told her that they should keep their relationship a secret, which slightly angers Jenna.
Throughout the Awkward series
Matty McKibben at summer camp in a supply closet. She realizes getting the boy of your dreams isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when he's too embarrassed to be seen with you, as he asks her to keep it a secret and that they should date in secret.
When she arrives back home and the day before school starts, Jenna receives a 'care-frontation letter', however she ignores it and takes goes into her bathroom where she takes some pills, but chokes on it which results in the medication-bottle falling it's contents onto the ground and Jenna slips on the floor, hurting herself and accidentally knocking her hair dryer into the bathtub full of water, which results in a power outage and ends with a misunderstanding in which everyone thinks was an attempted suicide, and she takes counselling with Valerie Marks, the guidance counsellor, who keeps Jenna on suicide watch, and she also starts to realize this mistake might actually be her ticket to social visibility, as she volunteers for Jake Rosati's prep rally as an attempt to get closer to Matty. There task involved in both pairs swapping each others clothes and the fastest wins, which Jenna and her partner wins because mean girl Sadie Saxton couldn't fit into Matty's clothes.
When Jenna finds out about this she tries to apologize to Sadie, who is convinced that Jenna picked the sex exchange game on purpose. After the failed apolgy attempt, Jenna bumps into Matty, who smiles at her but walks away because the cheerleaders were watching and Jake, who overheard the conversation between the the two and tells her that she was brave to do the prep rally. However, after returning home Jenna discovers she has 21 new friend requests on her online profile page and also changes her blog to invisible girl daily.Lacey and best friend Tamara Kaplan. The doctor gives her a childish-green sling which glows in the dark. Later while having trouble changing her clothes, mean girls Sadie and Lissa Miller decide to get "revenge" on Jenna for her sex exchange task and snap a nude photo of Jenna's breasts in the girls' locker room and send it to the entire school, eliciting some surprising reactions. Matty says something mean about the photo and Jenna gets upset. The school's counselor, Valerie Marks talks with Sadie and Jenna about the picture, but Sadie manages to manipulate her way out of trouble, much to Jenna's protests. Eventually Matty takes all the pictures down at their school and explain that he wasn't insulting her, and was only trying to deflect the attention from her breasts. Jenna realizes that Matty was trying to be her hero after seeing her post and it ends with them kissing. Jake, after accepting a ride home with him. Kyle that sells 'Jenna lives' t-shirts, promoting her failed suicide attempt. Jenna later realizes that Olivia is a really nice girl and Matty reveals that she is actually his ex-Girlfriend-in-law and has been in an on-off relationship with his older brother, James McKibben. Also in this episode, Jake kisses Jenna, after he is convinced after talking to her that he is the mystery person she has a crush on. She also apologizes to Kyle for the attack and he explains to her that "Jenna Lives" is his band and she pays him for one of his t-shirts, but it is discovered that he is actually stalking Jenna after it is shown that he has pictures of her in his locker. Darlene Saxton is Sadie's mother. Jake tells Matty that he kissed Jenna and might be into her. Tamara and Jenna become convinced that Sadie wrote the care-frontation letter and go up to Sadie's bedroom, where they find Sadie's dietary diary, which they take and Tamara tries to convince Jenna to blackmail Sadie with her secrets. In the end, Jenna insults Sadie with the help of a diary entry, but Sadie gets her back, by convincing her that the next knick-knacker event is a formal one, when it a casual-wear one, embarrassing both Jenna and her mother when they appear at a soup-kitchen dressed nicely. Matty tries to convince him that he should let go. Jake realizes how much he is into Jenna after talking to Matty and decides to talk to her about it. When Jake texts Jenna so that they can talk, Matty pulls out his phone to ask Jenna if they can meet tonight. Jenna decides not to let Matty, as he has all the power in their relationship. Matty is upset and disappointed when she has replied to Jake's message but not his. Jenna also asks Sadie about the letter, which she has no clue about, assuring Jenna that Sadie is not the writer. relationship with Jake. Jenna eventually asks Val if she could make a few changes in the play and get Tamara and Ricky Schwartz to join the event and play as Dead Stacey and her boyfriend's (Jake) drunk friends. Val loves the idea and agrees with the changes. Jenna later meets up with Matty and is disappointed when Matty didn't introduce her to his drunk brother when he saw them kissing and asked her to leave. During the play, Tamara makes the play more interesting and "dramatically" kisses Jenna too bring her back too life. This gives them a good response from the other students and when Matty apologizes, Jenna gets angry and tells him that she's tired of being his secret. Jake confesses to Jenna that he has feelings for her and Jenna finally gets the public attention after the successful show.
Valentine's Day has arrived and dividing the school between swooning lovers and jealous haters. As Jenna prepares to spend her first V-day with a boyfriend, will jealousy rear its ugly head for her, as Matty begins to date Courtney.
Jake and Matty demand answers from Jenna after reading her blog. Jenna gets confused on who she likes more but does not pick on the spot. Jake and Matty become friends again and constantly ask Jenna who she picks. Meanwhile, Jenna's mom gets revealed as the person who wrote the letter and gets criticized by many people. Jenna and the boys are in good speaking terms again.
See: Alternative Blogger-verse
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In the first episode it is revealed that Jenna has a Pregnancy Scare in the beginning of Season 3, and does not tell Matty. Matty gets a tattoo saying 'Jenna 4eva' to prove his love for Jenna. During the party for Ricky Schwartz, Jenna tells Jake about the pregnancy scare, who then tells Matty. He becomes upset that she didn't tell him first and he leaves.
Jenna feels that Matty has become distant after he found out about the pregnancy scare through Jake. Matty has been avoiding sex or physical contact with Jenna and tells her that they need to talk, which prompts her to get Tamara to arrange a group date 'BFGFBBF'. Matty is jealous of Jenna and Jake's easygoing friendship. Matty asks her about why it is easy to talk to Jake but not him. Jenna brought up how she thinks he is embarrassed of her, but he said he was never embarrassed of her. They make up and kiss.
Jenna's dad finds out that Jenna and Matty are sexually active and calls to inform his parents. The McKibben's come over for dinner and the moms have an arguments over their different parenting styles. Matty moves in after dispute with his parents.
Matty is enjoying living with Jenna while Jenna feels invaded and wants Matty to leave. When Matty and Jenna are watching porn together, she accidentally hurt Matty's feelings. At night she finds out that Matty is crying in the bathroom and Lacey has a talk with Matty, encouraging him to talk things out with his mom. Matty and Jenna make up and he goes back home the next day.
During homecoming pinnings, Jenna feels bad for single girls who don't have dates. Jake and Matty later get Tamara to tell them a secret she has been keeping, that Jenna doesn't want to go to the dance because Matty doesn't like dancing. Jake later teaches Matty how to dance. Matty and Jenna then dance together in the parking lot.
Jenna sees that Colin stills flirts with her. She confronts him about it and he laughs. He invites her to a photography party for the photographer that she likes. Before entering the party her and Matty get into a fight, and he confesses to her that he in fact was embarrassed of her. In which upsets her and she tells him that he doesn't have to go to the party. So she goes alone. She meets Colin there, and he tells her the sexual tension is there. He drives her there, and she apologizes to him about his breakup with his girlfriend. They talk about her and she and Colin kiss. Matty walks out there but she already got out of the car.
In Surprise!, she and Collin continue there affair, although despite the fact she knows it's wrong she cannot help herself as she is drawn to him. Tamara and Ming find out, and Tamara struggles to keep it a secret. Meanwhile Jenna's mother plans a surprise party for her 17th birthday and Jenna purposely makes her expose this. Later Jenna's mother offered the house to her for the weekend while her and her father went out of town.
By the end of this episode, Collin and Jenna make out and appear in the house (still making out), when everyone yells SURPRISE!! and everyone appears shocked.
In S03E12, Jenna is confused about who she likes and she is also embarrassed and upset. She skips school because of the humiliation and she stays home all day. Everybody (Jake, Tamara, Ming, Lissa, Fred, Clark, and Sadie) wonder if Matty and Jenna are still together by trying to tell each other about the little stories that happened at Jenna's surprise party. At the end of the episode, we found out if Matty and Jenna were still together. It appears that Jenna is the one who breaks up Matty and Matty starts to cry. That's when the episode ends.
The next episode, Jenna seems fine. She changes: -her hair -she accessorizes -she changes her wardrobe. -she changes her personality
She decides to have a public relationship with Collin, which makes Matty sad.
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During the events of Once Upon A Blog, Jenna was asked on her blog, if she could redo everything how would she do it. This inspires her to re-write the different events off Season 1 in the style of fan-fiction. She also got asked to re-write the love triangle in the style of a romance novel, which she briefly does for fun.
Jenna was asked by someone on her blog too re-write the love triangle in the style of a romance novel and she re-wrote it in the style of The Twilight Saga, which she made herself the human teenage girl (Bella), Jake a werewolf (Jacob) and Matty a vampire (Edward). However someone called the story lame, which makes her quit typing the story.
If Jenna never went to summer camp, she would have went to summer school and got an early graduation and as a result of this:-
- Sadie has no need to make fun of Jenna's failed suicide attempt.
- Valerie wouldn't have to keep Jenna on suicide watch.
- Matty and Jake wouldn't take interest in Jenna.
However Jenna re-wrote the ending of this story and made Jake and Matty a couple instead.
Jenna is a typical teenage girl, who is described as the down-to-earth girl-next-door wallflower. She is usually kind, smart and compassionate, but at most of the time she is put in awkward and embarrassing moments, most people (like Sadie) describe her as boring and a slut.
She can also be a little sarcastic and sometimes selfish with Matty whenever another girl shows an interest in him, but this can show that she is easily jealous.
Jenna's new personality change began 3 weeks after her 17th birthday and has started rebelling with her new boyfriend Collin Jennings. She was described as careless, selfish, bitchy, arrogant and as a result she has done many things that she has regreted doing. This included; nearly getting arrested with Collin after smoking weed, fighting with her friends (via text and call) by insulting them, being cruel to Matty and calling his new girlfriend Devon a "rebound skank" and telling Tamara that she cant get her own guys so she settled for Jenna's "slopey seconds" (i.e. Jake).
She also stole from her parents and lost her father's trust after nearly getting arrested. She lost her mother's trust after she snuck out the house to be with Collin, told Tamara to "take care" and stands up for herself. (Example: Sadie told her Karma's a bi*ch and Jenna replies "is that why you're broke and homeless"?)
Jenna also had sex with Collin 3 weeks into their relationship just to keep him and gets warned that if she leaves the house she can't come back. She actually leaves and is on the sidewalk wondering if she should stay on the streets. She tells Valerie that she's been a horrible guidance counselor and slams the door in her face, and gets suspended (temporarily) from school, after being caught smoking on school campus by Valerie. She also takes ecstasy (although not intentionally her fault). She tells her mother, Ally, Valerie and Sadie, to f*** off, gets Mr. Hart to print a cruel article on a magazine about Valerie.
Jenna almost got into a threesome with Angelique Welch and Collin Jennings. She Regrets ever becoming "the new Jenna." She turned back into the Old Jenna after realizing her mistakes and making amends with her friends and family.
Similar to the old Jenna, Jenna 2.0 is a new and improved version of the old Jenna. She is more down-to-earth and caring. As of Season 4, she has grown more mature and has even started to take more control of her life. She is shown to be more caring and sympathic towards her friends. Despite this, she is still jealous of whenever a girl shows an interest in Matty. But she manages to put her feelings aside her and accepts it since she is now in a relationship with Luke, even setting Matty up on a date with Eva, which she is currently regretting because Amber Horn is showing off her true colors and turning into a bad influence on Matty.
Rickards described her character as "smart, sarcastic, a little bit witty and very intuitive." She also said Jenna "can be the shy, introverted girl, whereas on her blog she's snarky, she's introspective, she's a little bit wiser, she'll write the truth… and then probably not act on it." Rickards called her a "role model" because "every time she gets kicked down, she gets back up fighting" while it is sometimes easier to give up.
Jenna has an attractive oval face. She has long dark brown hair, with bangs which is usually in a braid, hazel eyes and stands about 5'5." She also has pale complexion and rarely wears any visible make-up, instead looking more natural.
Her style was plain and she wore "clothes for comfort." She usually wore plain shirts with some floral-like patterns. She would sometimes wears blue-jeans and skirts. She also had a butterfly necklace, which she doesn't wear anymore. She is also prefers to hide in her hoodies and has an whole wardrobe dedicated to her love for them. Also for special events, she wears really nice and formal dresses.Because of her new attitude and personality change. Her fashion sense has began to change as well. She no longer wears her hair in a braid, but instead leaves it long and curly. She has also started to wear beanie hats, scarves, skinny jeans, plain shirts and T-shirts, tights, high-heeled boots. She is also shown to dress a little bit more edger, such as mini-skirts and tight t-shirts, too show some cleavage. She is also shown to wear some heavy eye make-up. She has also started to accessorize more and wear things such as bracelets and rings.
As of Season 4, there are some elements to what the old Jenna wore and the new Jenna wore, giving her a more mature look.
Status: Mother & Daughter
- Main article: Lacey-Jenna Relationship
Status: Father & Daughter
- Main article: Jenna-Kevin Relationship
Status: Non-Biological Family/Jenna dislikes Ally
- Main article: Jenna-Ally Relationship
Status: Best Friends Forever
Status: Friends/Valerie is Jenna's counselor
- Main article: Valerie-Jenna Relationship
- Main article: Jenna-Lissa Relationship
Status: Best Friends
Status: Close Friends
- Main article: Jenna-Clark Relationship
Status: Friends/Kyle is Jenna's stalker
- Main article: Jenna-Kyle Relationship
Status: Close Friends
Status: Possible Former Friends
- Main article: Matty-Jenna Relationship
- Main article: Jenna-Matty-Jake Relationship
- Main article: Jenna-Matty-Collin Relationship
Status: Exes - Never Exclusive/Affair/Enemies
- Main article: Jenna-Luke Relationship
Season One (12/12)
Season Two (12/12)
Season Three (20/20)
Season Four (11/20)
- Jenna is a female given name. In the Western world it is a variation of Jennifer. Jennifer is of Cornish origin, the Cornish variant of Guinevere and means white.
- The surname Hamilton had its ultimate origin in a place-name, most probably the village of Hamilton, Leicestershire, England, but bearers of that name became established in the thirteenth century in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The town of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire was named after the family some time before 1445. Contemporary Hamiltons are either descended from the original noble family, or descended from people named after the town.
- Trademark: Her Bangs.
- Former Trademarks: Her Butterfly Necklace (Season 1-3)
- She is one of the many main characters to appear in every episode (so far).
- Her first name means "Heaven" which is ironic since Lissa's Pastor think she's going to Hell for her relationship with Jake.
- She might not be close with her Father's side of the family, a lot like her mother.
- Her birthday is December 2nd, celebrated in My Super Bittersweet Sixteen and Surprise! and her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
- She used to wear a butterfly necklace from Season 1-3, and after changing her personality in season 3B she briefly changed her necklace to half a moon shaped necklace.
- Jenna, along with Lissa and Tamara's names all end with the letter "A".
- has her own blog which went public, but later made it private. She also attends Mr. Hart's creative writing class.
- As of Homewrecker Hamilton, she is able to drive.
- Her personality and appearance started to change in Season 3, but has began to mature in Season 4.
- She, Ming and Tamara all changed their hairstyles at some point in Season 3.
- Jenna is the only female character to have the most love interests:
- Jenna aspires to be a writer and wants to be help others as revealed in Overnight.
- She was a cheerleader in her alternative universe, but as of season 4, she is a cheer-assistant because she needed extra-curricular activity to get into college.
- She has been the focus in two love triangles Jenna-Matty-Jake Relationship and Jenna-Matty-Collin Relationship.
- She is the only character (so far) to have voiceovers.
- She is the first of her friends to lose her virginity.
- Had a pregnancy scare.
- Her middle name is something beginning with "P," although it is unknown what it stands for.
- With her new attitude, she was considered by many fans to be called "The New Jenna."
- She became a lot less awkward in Season 4 and because of this fans (and herself) refer her as "Jenna 2.0."
- She lost her virginity to Matty.
- She almost got arrested from smoking pot with Collin.
- After her misunderstood failed suicide attempt, Jenna became popular on her online profile page.
- Also deleted her friends from her profile after her personality changed. It's assumed that after she became her old-self again, she re-added them.
- Doesn't trust Eva/Amber, alongside long term enemy Sadie.
- Biggest weakness: Her jealousy.
- She wants to be in the same college as Tamara.
- She kissed the most boys in the show.
- She is the most normal female character of the show.
- Was the last female lead character to take big risks; her story arc in season 3, other female leads have taken risks prior to this;
- Tamara - Threatened to kill Ricky after spotting him kissing another girl during assembly.
- Sadie - Took a picture of Jenna naked and threaten and make fun of others.
- Ming - Punched Becca in the face and became the leader of the Asian Mafia.
- Lacey - Sent the care-frontation letter to Jenna.
- Valerie - Gives unconventual advice to others, which can appear illegal or misunderstood. She also appeared to bully/had a not very nice relationship with her former PA.
Ashley Rickards first received the script through her representatives and then met the series' creator. "I met with Lauren Iungerich and it all went really well and all worked out. I got to do the project, it got picked up and here we are." Speaking of what appealed to her about the show, she said:
"When I read the script, I literally fell in love with it. It struck as something completely different. It has a really unique voice. Not only is the show funny and charming, but it has the ability to cover so many different emotions in 22 minutes -- from the hilarious, to the psychological, to having a dramatic edge all in a 22 minute comedy is an incredibly difficult thing to do. That was exciting for me."
Daniel Fienberg of HitFix applauded Rickards' acting, writing that "she effectively embodies the Everygirl vibe required for the part. She's got good timing, decent physical comedy chops and there's no ego to this performance." New York Post's TV critic Linda Stasi compared Rickards to Juno actress Ellen Page, explaining she is "the kind of kid whose pretty face and adorable bearing is swamped by her ability to look awkward and offbeat." Hank Stuever of The Washington Post was also positive towards Rickards' performance noting "she effortlessly manages to elevate the unfresh premise of MTV's new comedy." AfterElton.com placed Rickards on their list of 2011's Break-Out TV Actors, explaining: "Rickards gives Jenna a doe-eyed innocence and covers the full range of teen emotions, from deer-in-the-headlights paranoia to sultry eyelash batting, sometimes in the same scene. While putting the show on their list of the best TV shows of 2011, The Daily Beast called Rickards "a total standout". Her performance on the show earned her in 2012 a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards for Summer TV Star: Female.
Entertainment Weekly wrote Jenna "navigates the sharky waters of high school, friends, mean cheerleaders, and cute boys with a snarky voice-over that makes her—and Awkward.—easy to fall in love with." The Huffington Post deemed Jenna's voice-overs "witty" as "[they] make this high-school dark comedy stand out from a crowd of stereotypical high school prime-time soaps." David Hinckley of the Daily News wrote: "If the dramas are exaggerated, Jenna makes the trauma feel legitimate, and her narration gives everything a knowing undertone of humor and self-awareness that keeps the most uncomfortable moments from being painful." Reviewing the beginning of the second season, HitFix's Daniel Fienberg was critical of the Matty-Jenna-Jake triangle storyline which had been put forward, diminishing what he first liked: Jenna's look at the high school humiliations. He noted his indifference to Jenna's dilemma as "there's no jeopardy to either choice". "Whoever Jenna chooses is going to say almost nothing about her as a character, so it weakens the character that there's nothing else defining her at this moment", he wrote.