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Jenna Ortega turned down Wednesday offers, wanted to be a movie star Story-level




Jenna Ortega is brutally honest when it comes to talking about “Wednesday,” her hit Netflix series that ranks behind only “Stranger Things 4” as Netflix’s most-watched English-language series of all time. In a recent interview with The TimesUnited Kingdom, Ortega revealed that she did not desperately want the role of Wednesday Addams. He even turned down multiple offers to star in what would become a breakthrough role.

“I got the email, I passed it on,” Ortega said. “I had done a lot of television in my life. All I’ve ever wanted to do is film… You have to prove yourself. It’s only in the last three or four years that I’ve been able to start making movies. I was afraid that signing up for another TV show would keep me from doing other jobs that I really wanted and cared about.”

“The only reason I came back is because Tim [Burton, director and executive producer of ‘Wednesday’] he is a legend, and we just get along very well,” added Ortega. “But even then I said, ‘Oh no, I think I’m fine,’ a couple [more] times.”

Ortega never expected “Miércoles” to become such a global phenomenon. “I thought it wasn’t going to be seen,” he said. “Which will be a nice little gem someone finds, but [most people don’t].”

When asked about the times uk If “that would be preferable,” referring to the show being a little gem and not a big hit that everyone watched, Ortega replied, “Yes.”

“I used to do a Disney show when I was younger,” Ortega said. “I was a bit of a public figure, I used to get recognized, or whatever. When I look back, I think I was just so out of line. I didn’t understand where I was, and you start seeing Hollywood for the first time and it’s a bit intimidating, a bit off-putting. I felt like I was the princess of a town. I didn’t really feel like myself. Then it started to slow down and I lived a pretty normal life… Until ‘Wednesday’, until now, I think.”

During an appearance on the “Armchair Expert” podcast Earlier this month, Ortega revealed that he took issue with much of Wednesday’s dialogue and changed his lines on set without telling the series’ writers ahead of time.

“I don’t think I ever had to stomp on a set the way I had to on ‘Wednesday,'” Ortega said. “Everything Wednesday does, everything she had to play, didn’t make any sense for her character. Being in a love triangle? It made no sense. There was a line about a dress she has to wear to a school dance and she says, “My God, I love it. Ugh, I can’t believe I said that. I literally hate myself. I had to say, ‘No.'”

Ortega continued: “There were moments on that set where I even became almost unprofessional in a sense where I just started to switch lines. The script supervisor thought I was on to something and then I had to sit down with the writers, and they’d be like, ‘Wait, what happened to the scene?’ And I would have to go and explain why I couldn’t go do certain things.”

“Wednesday” has been renewed by Netflix for Season 2.

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