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— Jenna Hamilton
Jenna Hamilton is the central character and female lead of the MTV series Awkward. She is a 15/16 year old junior 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 has 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 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
3ARicky Schwartz is dead, shocking both Jenna and Tamara.
During Ricky's memorial service, Jenna begins to reflect on her life and starts to make better choices for herself and also finds out herself that everyone is mourning Ricky's death in different ways, especially Matty who is going through a "YOLO-faze", trying to profess his love more to Jenna and even trying to have as much sex as he can with her, which she puts off after the pregnancy scare. Her best friend Tamara also begins to worry that she might have killed Ricky, by using voodoo but Jenna reasures her that it's not her fault. Kyle plans a party for Ricky's passing which results in almost every girl, including Clark, Tamara and Sadie talking about how much they hate Ricky. Matty shows Jenna a tattoo saying 'Jenna 4eva' to prove his love for Jenna, which upsets her because she can't be fully honest with him. Afterwards, Jenna tells Jake about the pregnancy scare, who then tells Matty. He becomes upset that she didn't tell him first and he leaves the party.
The next episode begins where Jenna's dad finds Jenna's birth control pills in the spare bedroom and assumes their Lacey's, however he catches on to Lacey's lie and finds out their Jenna's. To add to Jenna's humiliation and embarrassment even more, Kevin finds out Jenna and Matty are sexually active and calls to inform his parents. However Jenna awkwardly tells Matty about this and he says that he can delete the message. However later that evening, the McKibben's come over for dinner and have an embarrassing conversation about their children's sex-life, which eventually results in the mothers have an arguments over their different parenting styles. At the end of the episode, Matty moves in after dispute with his parents.
During Mr. Hart's class, he orders an assignment of Heroes and Villians and the winner gets their essay on the school magazine. Valerie recruits his class for an after school special and Jenna makes up a lie for her and Collin to get out of it saying Lacey had an injury. Meanwhile Sadie decides to make the special about Jenna and calls it "What Are We Going To Do About Jenny?" However lacey makes Jenna do the project after finding out that she tricked Valerie. The special makes Jenna angry and to further her anger even more her friends try to talk some sense into her. She leaves the classroom and goes to smoke but Valerie catches her and suspends her for smoking on school campus. Valeries attempts to reach out at Jenna after realizing about what the special was about, but Jenna mocks her. Jenna decides to get her revenge by writing about the truth behind Valerie.Bailey Parker. Tamara and Ming agree to be friends with Jenna again on probationary terms. Jenna hopes to get back together with Matty after learning of his break up with Devon but sees him with another girl. After Jenna gets drunk and kisses Jake, Tamara and Jake make up as they lecture Jenna. Jenna tries to apologize to Val, who tells her that she's been fired.
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- Main Article: Alternative Character(s)
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 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.
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, to show some cleavage. She is also shown to wear heavy eye make-up. She has started to accessorize more and wear things such as bracelets and rings.
As of Season 4, there are some elements of 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: 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
- 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
- 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.