Star performer Jenna Ortega documents why she chose to alter Wednesday's conversation, which would change Adams' character.
Wednesday star Jenna Ortega revealed that she needed to change some of her character's dialogue. Wednesday, the recently rebooted Addams Family, sets itself apart by focusing on Wednesday's journey as a student at Nevermore Academy, a school for homeless people. While Wednesday begins to learn about werewolves, vampires, gorgons, and more supernatural beings, she's also forced to solve a murder mystery while dealing with the realities of life at a very atypical boarding school. Struggling with social relationships, Wednesday must learn to care for others, even though half the school is plotting against her along the way.
With Wednesdays juggling school dances and typical high school drama, she sometimes has to comment on the reality of the situation. While this usually meant insulting those around her, Ortega had to step in at some points to correct the character before she became too irrelevant. For Ortega and Cristina Ricci, who both played Wednesday, the challenge of the roles will be balancing relevancy. According to ComicBook.com, in a TikTok Q&A run by Ortega, she details a thread she tweeted in particular Producer changes. Check out her quote below:
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.
Why Wednesday Addams Is Relatable
Although Wednesday doesn't behave like most teenagers, she still has an attitude that young audiences can relate to. Wed has many different skills -- many things Ortega had to learn for Wed -- including playing the cello, speaking German, fencing, archery and dancing. Random as they may seem, each presents a new opportunity for people with similar skills to reconsider their similarities to Wednesday. The fact that she has such a wide range of interests also makes her feel like a more well-rounded person, rather than a two-dimensional goth teen who would otherwise be limited.
She doesn't even resonate with other outcasts, which is what many might. Considering how many people struggled with social relationships in high school, the fact that Wednesday was a compelling outcast made her very accessible to any viewer. Even Ortega's Wednesday dance brings out her personality, as it proves how little Wednesday actually cares about the expectations of those around her. She is content to be herself, even if the whole world wants to change her, This can be incredibly fulfilling.
What's Next For Wednesday Addams
While Netflix occasionally skimps on TV show renewals, a new season is on the way — even if an official announcement is still to come. The Wednesday showrunners have three or four seasons planned, which means they don't even need to change the continuity to finish Wednesday season 2. The showrunners also discussed potential spinoffs surrounding the entire Addams family, of which Wednesday will have a spot on All. With Wednesday's massive success, Tim Burton's Addams family universe is taking off, meaning Wednesday's Addams will be on screen for years to come.