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Why Jenna Ortega Swapped Out Some Wednesday Dialogues

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Star of “Wednesday,” Jenna Ortega, says she had to rewrite some of her character’s lines. The current reimagining of The Addams Family, titled Wednesday, differentiates itself by concentrating on Wednesday’s experiences as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday must solve a murder case while adjusting to life at a boarding school that is anything from conventional. Her classmates include werewolves, gorgons, vampires, and more. Wednesday, who has difficulty maintaining friendships, must cultivate empathy for others even while her schoolmates conspire against her.

Since Wednesday is often left to cope with high school issues alone, such as school dances and the usual teen drama, she occasionally finds herself in a position to comment on the situation as it actually stands. Even though this frequently resulted in disparaging those around her, Ortega sometimes had to rein in character to keep her from becoming unlikable. The actors who played Wednesday, Ortega and Christina Ricci, have said that striking a realistic balance is a major difficulty. According to ComicBook.com, Ortega discussed her efforts to have the producers alter a passage in a TikTok Q&A she hosted. Here’s what she had to say about it:

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.’ And I was blown away because that sounded like — it was just a bunch of little things like that. I felt like we were able to avoid a lot of dialogue in an attempt to make her sound human.

The Relatableness of Wednesday Addams

Wednesday may not behave like the typical teen, but her attitude makes her relatable to younger viewers. Wednesday can play the cello, speak German, fence, shoot an archery arrow, and dance, just to name a few of the numerous talents that Ortega had to teach her. While seemingly unrelated, each of these events provides those with similar abilities a fresh chance to reflect on how they are like or unlike Wednesday. She’s not just a one-dimensional Goth youngster thanks to her varied hobbies. She feels like a more complete person as a result.

Many individuals can identify with her struggle to form friendships with anyone, not even fellow misfits. Wednesday’s relatability stems from the fact that she is an outsider at school, a common experience for many high school students. Even Ortega’s Wednesday dance reflects her unique character, as it demonstrates how little Wednesday values the opinions of others around her. Even though everyone else wants her to change, she is quite content with who she is.

For Wednesday Addams, What Lies Ahead

Even though Netflix has been known to be cautious with TV show renewals in the past, another season is on the way. Wednesday’s creators have already filmed enough episodes for three to four seasons, so they won’t have to alter the show’s continuity to film a second season. Wednesday would play a significant role in any spin-offs centered on the Addams family that the show creators have considered. The Addams Family universe by Tim Burton will expand thanks to Wednesday’s massive success greatly, guaranteeing that Wednesday Addams will continue to appear in media for a long time to come.



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