Jenna Ortega is the star of addams family derived series Wednesday heading our way next month from visionary director Tim Burton. Fans see the obvious connection from Burton, who has made the nightmare before christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and many more dark and charming projects for the macabre history that we will see in the program. It’s an obvious coincidence, but it turns out that Burton wasn’t the only director on the series, and that did a bit of a disservice to the star of the series.
In a recent interview with the former Wednesday actor Cristina RicciDuring a talk for Interview magazine, Ortega explained:
“I’m so glad you brought up the issue of multiple directors because Tim didn’t shoot all the episodes. We went from Tim to another director, back to Tim, to another director. I felt that everyone wanted different things from her. I remember Tim didn’t want him to have any expression or emotion at all. He wanted a flat surface, which I understand. It’s funny and great, except when you’re trying to push the plot forward and ‘Wednesday’ is in every scene.”
“There were a lot of battles like that because I felt like people didn’t always trust me when I was creating my path in terms of, ‘Okay, this is his arc. This is where she gets excited. And then also, we jump to the first episode and there’s a lot going on. You have to present the whole story. Meanwhile, I’m still finding my footing, and then there’s the cello lessons and the archery lessons and this and that.”
When Ricci noted that such an experience can be “overwhelming,” Ortega revealed that making the show from the beginning was “stressful and confusing.” As soon as he got to the set in Romania, he started training and “we didn’t really have time to rehearse.”
“There have never been so many cooks in the kitchen. He was completely lost and confused. I usually don’t have a problem using my voice, but when you’re in it, I just remember feeling defeated after the first month. So I think a really wonderful thing that’s come out of the show is that I’m able to use my voice in a much stronger way than ever before. I have been much better at being honest with my opinions and thoughts, for which I am very grateful.”
At least he was able to have this experience where he was able to find his voice. Also, I’m sure that while several directors were part of the journey, Burton had a lot of influence on the final project. So I’m sure it will turn out to be a great series. Netflix is premiering all eight episodes of Wednesday on November 23. Are you looking forward to seeing?