- Jenna Ortega said she and Christina Ricci haven’t compared their portrayals of Wednesday Addams.
- Ortega said in a video for MTV News that his Wednesday is “very different” from Ricci’s.
- Ricci famously played the character in two Addams Family films in the 1990s.
Jenna Ortega said she and Christina Ricci have never compared their performances of Wednesday Addams, even on the set of their new show based on the character.
Ortega sat down with another “Wednesday” costar, Emma Myers, in a video for MTV News released on Friday to discuss the Netflix series. The show is a continuation of the Addams Family universe, which began as a 1964 television series. Ricci played Wednesday in the 1991 film ‘The Addams Family’ and the 1993 sequel ‘Addams Family Values’.
When Myers asked Ortega if he had asked Ricci for advice on playing Wednesday, Ortega revealed that he has never spoken about the beloved character.
“I think when he was on set, neither of us said ‘Wednesday’ to each other even once. I think because he knew not to tell me anything because, what would he say or do? And I don’t think he wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel like was bullying,” he said.
Ortega also said that he didn’t want to dwell on Ricci’s past and “reprise something he did 30 years ago” because he wanted him to play the character in an original way. He added that the setting and characters of “Wednesday” provide a distinction.
“And I think, I mean, our show has superpowers and you know, outcasts and evil ghost pilgrims. So, they’re two very different people, our Wednesdays, I think,” Ortega continued.
Ricci appeared to be impressed with Ortega’s performance, telling Variety in June that the actress is “incredible” on the show. She plays a Nevermore Academy teacher named Marilyn Thornhill on the series and appears in all eight episodes of the show’s first season, according to IMDB.
“Wednesday” also features Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán.
In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on November 16, Ortega returned the praise, calling Ricci a “treasure” who is “generous, professional and impressive as an individual.” However, he did acknowledge that his sinister sense of humor may have scared off the “Yellowjackets” star.
“You know, I’m dressed like her 30 years ago, and she’s looking at me, but I know her like Wednesday in my head, and I think, socially, I can be a little difficult to communicate with sometimes,” Ortega said. “And sometimes I’d say something in jest, and I think I have a very dark sense of humor, and she’d be like, ‘Uh, that’s dark…'”
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