“I felt like I didn’t want to bring up something that she did 30 years ago,” Jenna Ortega said, hinting at Christina Ricci
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Addams Family has always been a top-notch movie franchise, and their character as epic Halloween costumes makes them even more relevant to pop culture. It’s difficult to take on a role that audiences are familiar with while trying not to stray too far from the source material or stay too close or equal to someone else’s interpretation. The previous iteration of the franchise stars Anjelica Huston, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Morticia Addams, Raul Julia as Gomez Addams, Christopher Lloyd as Fester Addams and finally Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams in 1991’s The Addams Family ‘Movie.
However, this is what impressed our newest Wednesday Addams, Jenna Ortega, not to take any suggestion or advice from her castmate and predecessor Christina Ricci when it comes to raising “The Addams Family’s” eldest daughter, Wednesday Addams, to play. Despite this, “Wednesday” was released on Netflix on November 23, 2022 and received generally positive reviews from critics who praised Ortega’s performance but unfortunately criticized her for its resemblance to CW dramas. Regardless, Ortega seems relieved when someone doesn’t see any similarities to her portrayal of the character. Read more to find out what Ortega said.
Separately, in a recent interview with Ortega, she shared that she felt “immense pressure” playing such a “beloved character” in an MTV News interview with fellow costar Emma Meyers. The actress – who is reigning scream queen due to her acclaimed performances in A24’s “X” and the latest “Scream Movie” – explained that it was a challenge to create her own version of “Wednesday” with nods to previous iterations of in To bring the character in line without fully replicating someone else’s work. Ortega also revealed that she never spoke to Ricci, known for playing Wednesday as a child in the 1991 film The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values, about their connection while they were together Filming for the new Netflix series .
Ortega said, “I don’t think either of us once said ‘Wednesday’ when Ricci was on set. I didn’t want to imitate something she did 30 years ago. For my own benefit, but secondly, I didn’t want to rip her off and I didn’t want to be too much like her.”
You can watch Wednesday on Netflix if you haven’t already.