Wednesday, Tim Burton’s spin-off of the Addams Family show is now a hit series on Netflix and the main character of the show, Jenna Ortega recently shared that refused to say a particular line in the script.
The 20-year-old became famous after playing the titular role of Wednesday Addams. The series is a re-imagining of Charles Addams’s iconic Addams Family. Ortega, who is also known for acting in You has revealed that she fought for a ‘cringe’ line to be removed from the script in Wednesday.
The ‘cringe’ line appears in the fourth episode of the series and it is based around her school’s annual dance.
Wednesday is seen eyeing up a dress in the window of an antique shop, while out with Thing.
The line by Jenna Ortega
“I remember there’s a line where I’m talking about a dress and initially she was supposed to say: ‘Oh my God I’m freaking out over a dress, I literally hate myself’,” she said, during a Netflix Q&A session.
Ortega added, “And I was blown away because that sounded like… it was just a bunch of little things like that,” she explained. “I felt like we were able to avoid a lot of dialogue in an attempt to make her sound human.”
Wednesday fans praised the actress for making the cut. “Gotta give credits to actors who know their characters better than the writers sometimes,” one fan wrote on TikTok.
‘I’m glad they didn’t add this. I think her just staring at the dress in the window and Thing getting it for her was enough of a reaction,’ another said.
“I’m so glad that she didn’t say that,” another added. “Without Jenna, Wednesday would be typical not like others gothic teenager,” said a third user.
‘They gotta let jenna into the writers room for season 2,’ one person remarked.
Jenna Ortega and the black lace dress
One of the most famous scenes from the series was Ortega’s own choreographed dance solo, delivering her best 80s-inspired goth moves to Goo Goo Muck by The Cramps while wearing the said stunning black lace dress.
The actress talked about the viral dance which she came up with by herself.
‘I watched videos of Siouxsie and the Banshees… I found archival footage of Goth kids dancing in clubs in the 80s… just anything that I could get my hands on. And then on the day, I thought, “Alright, well, I’m just gonna do it,”’ she said.
The actress added: ‘I paid homage to Lisa Loring, the first Wednesday Addams, I did a little bit of her shuffle that she does. And of course, they cut out of camera when I did do it. But it’s there – I know it is.’
Wednesday is currently streaming on Netflix.