Why Wednesday Star Didn’t Ask Christina Ricci for Addams Family Advice
Jenna Ortega, the latest to take on the role of Wednesday Addams on Netflix’s Wednesday, didn’t ask previous Wednesday costar Christina Ricci for advice.
WARNING! This article contains SPOILERS from Wednesday Season 1!Wednesday star Jenna Ortega didn’t seek any advice from Christina Ricci. Ortega is the latest actor to play the iconic daughter of the Addams family, Wednesday Addams, on Netflix. Wednesday, which was directed by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and famous gothic director Tim Burton. Although there have been several addams family adaptations over the years, one of the most popular being the 1991 film the addams family which starred a 10-year-old Christina Ricci as the dark and peculiar Wednesday. Despite having starred in many other films and series since it was released The Addams Family and 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, Ricci is still often considered synonymous with the name Wednesday, and viewers were eager to see how Netflix Wednesday would maintain his legacy with the character.
Ricci stars alongside Ortega Wednesday as the secretly evil Mrs. Thornhill, who teams up with Wednesday before being discovered as the one behind the murders, tries to investigate Wednesday. Ricci has previously praised Ortega’s portrayal of the character, stating that he appreciates the modern elements of the character’s look. In addition, Ortega previously expressed her excitement and nervousness to be able to share the screen with Ricci, of whom she is a fan. Despite the mutual appreciation of the actors, revealed Ortega during a conversation with MTV News, who did not ask Ricci for advice on portraying the daughter of the Addams Family. See what he had to say below:
“I think when [Ricci] was on set none of us told us wednesday once. I don’t think he wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel bossy. I felt she didn’t want to take away something she did 30 years ago. For my benefit, but two, yes, I didn’t want to rip her off and I didn’t want to be too much like her. Our show has superpowers and outcasts and evil ghost pilgrims. They are two very different people, our Wednesdays.”
Ortega’s version is a perfect modern Wednesday
Ortega’s take on herself and Ricci playing very different versions of Wednesday shows that she made the right decision in forming her own iteration of the character without outside influence. In addition, Ortega plays a teenage version of the character Wednesday and Ricci played the character as a child, making Wednesday’s two iterations have slightly different personalities and interests that can benefit from a fresh perspective. For example, House of the Dragon, which featured the same characters at different stages of their lives, they made the decision to recast the older characters instead of keeping the same actors to achieve this contrast.
Ortega’s goal to create a unique representation of Wednesday instead of copying what Ricci had done before also allowed him to lean on Netflix and Burton’s modern telling of Wednesday’s story, which included that the Latin roots of the character were represented on screen for the first time. In addition to his different ethnicity from the 1991 version, Ortega’s Wednesday has an updated wardrobe that stays true to the character’s gothic roots while incorporating more modern elements, with the character’s shoes and pants earning praise from Ricci, who as a young man wore a long patterned dress. Wednesday. As a modern teenager, Ortega was also able to infuse Wednesday protagonist with an identifiable and appropriate personality, as well as combining the established traits of the character in his portrayal.
Burton has also praised Wednesday’s portrayal of Ortega, stating that he really committed to making the character his own. Ortega’s previous history as a rising scream queen has shown her affinity for the macabre, which Ricci clearly shares given some of her other roles, including her recent turn in yellow vests Although Ortega clearly appreciated sharing the screen with Ricci while filming Wednesday, their decision to bring a unique Wednesday iteration to life served to elevate the series and set it apart.
More: The only time Wednesday actually smiles on the show (and what it means)Source: MTV News