Wednesday: Jenna Ortega explains how she avoided ripping off Christina Ricci’s Addams Family gig

Jenna Ortega, the star of Netflix WednesdayShe has explained how she avoided “ripping off” Christina Ricci.

Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in the new series adapted from cartoonist Charles Addams’ characters.

The role was previously played by Ricci in two live-action films in the 1990s: The Addams family and its continuation Values ​​of the Addams Family.

Wednesday has received mixed reviews from critics — including a critical two-star review from The Independent‘s Nick Hilton – but was warmly received by viewers as his Rotten Tomatoes score sets a milestone for Addams Family adaptations.

Ricci also appears in the series, playing one of Wednesday’s teachers.

In conversation with MTV NewsOrtega revealed that she didn’t discuss the character at all with Ricci to ensure her own performance was unambiguous.

“I think when [Christina] “When we were on set, neither of us ever said ‘Wednesday’ to each other,” she said. “I don’t think she wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel overbearing.”

“I felt like I didn’t want to pull up on something she did 30 years ago,” he said X actor further. “For my own benefit, but two, yeah, I didn’t want to rip her off and I didn’t want to be too much like her.”

In a separate interview with Sky newsOrtega expanded her relationship with Ricci on set.

Jenna Ortega and Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams


“It was definitely interesting, especially because I know that people automatically make the comparison. But I think what kind of put my mind at rest is how cool and respectful and how generous she is as an actress,” said the 20-year-old actor.

“I think we got along very well. And I kind of take comfort in knowing that, because they live in two completely different realities. They are two completely different individuals.”

Ortega’s performance on the series was praised by viewers, who also hailed the “brilliant” casting of a particular supporting role.

Wednesday is now available to stream on Netflix. Wednesday: Jenna Ortega explains how she avoided ripping off Christina Ricci’s Addams Family gig


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