‘Merlina’: Jenna Ortega auditioned for Tim Burton after dying in ‘X’

The young star of the new Netflix series revealed how she did her acting test to play Merlina while working on the set of the Ti West movie.

Jenna Ortega opened up about the unusual look she wore during her audition with Tim Burton for the upcoming Netflix series, merlin, in which she plays the protagonist. Ortega began her career as a child actress on television shows like Jane the Virginbefore gaining wider recognition for her role as the precocious Ellie Alves on the hit series you.

The 20-year-old actress received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama The Fallout: Life After to later star in two consecutive 2022 slasher films, x Y scream. In the midst of his rapid rise to fame, in 2021 it was announced that Ortega would play the lead role in Merlina, a supernatural horror-comedy series based on the iconic taciturn character from the addams family.

In an interview for Wiredalso an actress of The Nanny: Deadly Queen Y Today Yes! talked about filming his gruesome death scene in X (directed by Ti West and starring Mia Goth) and go directly with Tim Burton to audition for Merlina. Despite being embarrassed to have fake injuries, Ortega reveals that Burton found him charming, likely because the look and makeup were in line with Wednesday’s trademark macabre sense of humor.


Jenna Ortega in the role of Lorraine in the movie ‘X’.

When I met Tim Burton for my Merlina audition, I had just done my death scene in X, so I had blood on my face and sweat in my hair, and a huge gash on my face, and I had been awake for over 24 hours. I connected to Zoom and he really laughed. He made me laugh. I thought he was endearing.

Ortega fans and the beloved movie of the mad addams (starring Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci), who are eagerly awaiting the new series and its focus on the evil but strangely charming daughter of the familythey can’t help but wonder what the latest portrayal of the character will entail.


Jenna Ortega in a scene from ‘X’, directed by Ti West.

Director of beetlejuice, The Headless Horseman Y the corpse of the bride has tried keep the mystery surrounding Merlina alive until its premiere with the intention of ensuring the fervor of the fans. As far as the premise is concerned, the first season will contain eight episodes in which she will follow the protagonist during her stay at Nevermore Academy, where she learns to harness her mystical powers while investigating a series of murders on her own. her.

Ortega joins a star-studded cast with Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. christina riccithe former Merlina, will also appear in the series, though details about her character have been kept under wraps..

‘Merlina’: Jenna Ortega auditioned for Tim Burton after dying in ‘X’