Jenna Ortega explains how she bonded with director Tim Burton during her unexpected appearance at her audition for the lead role on Wednesday.
Jenna Ortega opened up about the unusual look she sported while auditioning with Tim Burton for the upcoming Netflix series on Wednesday, in which she stars. Ortega began her career as a child actress on TV shows like Disney Channel’s Stuck In The Middle and CW’s Jane the Virgin, before gaining wider recognition for her role as precocious Ellie Alves on the show. hit You, and to critical acclaim for her performance. in the 2021 drama The Fallout, before starring in back-to-back 2022 slasher films, X and Scream. Amid his fast-paced run to fame, it was announced in 2021 that Ortega would star in Wednesday, a supernatural horror-comedy series for Netflix based on the iconic, moody character from The Addams Family.
In an interview with the rising Wired star, Jenna Ortega opened up about going straight from filming her gruesome death scene in X to joining director Tim Burton on zoom to audition on Wednesday. Although embarrassed that she still has fake wounds on her, Ortega reveals that Burton found her charming. Perhaps he even found the makeup to match Wednesday’s macabre sense of humor. Check out what Ortega had to say below:
“When I met Tim Burton for my audition on Wednesday, I had just finished [my death scene in X] so I had stage blood and glycerine sweat in my hair, and a massive cut on my face, and I had been on my feet for over 24 hours. I got on the Zoom and he really laughed. That made me laugh. I thought it was endearing. »
What to expect from Tim Burton’s take on the Addams Family
Fans of Ortega and the beloved original franchise The Addams Family who eagerly await the new series and its focus on the mean but oddly charming daughter of the family can’t help but wonder what the latest portrayal of the character will involve. While director Burton has attempted to keep the mystery surrounding Wednesday alive until its premiere, specific aspects of the upcoming series have been teased to ensure fan excitement. As for the premise, the first season is set to contain eight episodes that will see Wednesday come into its own during her time at Nevermore Academy where she learns to harness her mystical powers while investigating a series of murders. hands.
Ortega is joined by a star-studded cast including Luis Guzamán as Gomez Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. Previous Wednesday, Addams actress Christina Ricci will also appear on the show, although details surrounding her character have been kept under wraps. Although this is prolific gothic fantasy filmmaker Burton’s first foray into the world of television, his predilection for horror and dark humor makes him an ideal choice to helm the project.
Burton’s rise to prominence in Hollywood spanned the late ’80s and early ’90s after creating a string of hit horror films, including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd. : The demon barber of Fleet Street. In fact, amid the plethora of spinoffs capitalizing on The Addams Family’s popularity, Burton was even attached to developing a stop-motion movie version in 2013 that was ultimately canceled. Finally, the esteemed director’s vision for the legendary Addams Family will be available to the public when Wednesday hits Netflix on November 23, 2022.