Following Jenna Ortega’s Netflix “Ban”, New Deception Discovered

in Entertainment

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams

Credit: Netflix

If you are a fan of the Netflix show Wednesday, you likely know that the lead character, Jenna Ortega, has been gaining a ton of traction. The star has come leaps and bounds since being featured on the Disney Channel, and now, has been making tons of headlines for her work on the highly successful Addams Family spinoff, to rumors of her being the replacement actor to take over the role of Snow White in Disney’s live-action film.

Wednesday and friends
Credit: Netflix

The Latina actress has been in love with acting since age six, and even though her family tried to deter her from pursuing a career in acting with sports, she eventually persisted enough to start auditioning.

She began her career as a child actress, receiving recognition for her role as young Jane in The CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin (2014–2019). From 2016 to 2018, she had a leading role as Harley Diaz in the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle, for which she won an Imagen Award. She played Ellie Alves in the second season of the thriller series You in 2019 and starred in the family film Yes Day (2021), both for Netflix.

Then, Ortega kicked things into high gear.

Jenna Ortega in Scream

She went on to star in the slasher films Scream and X (both 2022), and Scream VI (2023), which established her as a scream queen.

This led her to her role as Wednesday Addams, a perfect fit for the upcoming Tim Burton Netflix series.

Ortega actually turned down the role when the audition came to her originally. She wanted to focus on feature films, but in the end, something about working with Tim Burton had her unable to say no.

Little did Ortega know, that Wednesday would be her biggest breakout moment yet.

Wednesday is the most-watched series of all time, with 1,718,800,000 hours watched. This has a completed viewing equivalent of 252,100,000 views. Previously, Stranger Things season 4 held the title.

Wednesday is an American coming-of-age supernatural comedy horror television series based on the character Wednesday Addams by Charles Addams.

Created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, it stars Jenna Ortega as the titular character, with Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Percy Hynes White (who is being written out of season 2 following allegations), Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Georgie Farmer, Naomi J. Ogawa, Christina Ricci, and Moosa Mostafa appearing in supporting roles.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday with trees in the background
Credit: Netflix

The show shares Wednesday’s experience at her new school Nevermore, where she discovers her psychic abilities and solves a historic murder. The show certainly has a spooky feel, but also encompasses romance and coming-of-age moments in which teenagers all face, combining the quirky world of Burton with reality.

Netflix has shared that the second season of Wednesday is a top priority for the streaming platform once the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes come to an end. As a matter of fact, the streaming platform has placed Wednesday at the top of the priority list for writers– who have now returned to work– alongside Stranger Things Season 5. With Stranger Things already confirmed to be in its last season, many insiders have speculated that the Tim Burton-led show will be the next flag-bearer for the streaming platform, with reports that they have plans for multiple seasons.

Not only will Jenna Ortega star in future seasons of Wednesday, but she will also be starring in Beetlejuice 2, alongside Micheal Keaton as Lydia Deetz’s daughter. Tim Burton will be directing the young Hollywood star yet again.

wednesday and roomamte
Credit: Netflix

Jenna is also currently listed as one of the rumored replacements to take over for Rachel Zegler as Snow White in Disney’s Snow White film. This is a rumor at the moment; however, many fans of the actress noted that they would be excited to see Ortega play the Disney princess. The rumors began after Zegler began receiving a ton of negative media attention for her opinion on the character and overall plot line of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

All of that being said, filming has already wrapped, so it would be a shocking decision to see Disney reshoot all scenes that involve the titular character.

Most recently, we shared that Jenna Ortega would actually not be allowed to appear as Wednesday Addams due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. 

As we reported, SAG-AFTRA has now issued guidelines on Halloween costumes for actors and actresses as the ongoing strikes continue. The union has shared that no one is to dress as characters, which would be against strike guidelines.

The organization shares that members may dress up as characters from non-struck content, like an animated TV show, and they should choose costumes that are “inspired by generalized characters and figures” rather than from struck content. In addition, SAG-AFTRA tells its members not to post photos of costumes on social media that are inspired by struck content.

Wednesday
Credit: Netflix

“Let’s use our collective power to send a loud and clear message to our struck employers that we will not promote their content without a fair contract,” they shared.

Essentially, this rule bans actors from becoming their characters for Halloween, and other characters, like those from Margot Robbie’s Barbie (2023), are also prohibited. Now, the union has clarified their comments with an update after various figures in Hollywood raised concern about SAG-AFTRA’s decision to focus efforts on Halloween costume guidelines over getting back to the negotiating table with the studios.

Below is that update regarding this new “ban”:

“SAG-AFTRA issued Halloween guidance in response to questions from content creators and members about how to support the strike during this festive season. This was meant to help them avoid promoting struck work, and it is the latest in a series of guidelines we have issued. It does not apply to anyone’s kids. We are on strike for important reasons and have been for nearly 100 days. Our number one priority remains getting the studios back to the negotiating table so we can get a fair deal for our members and finally put our industry back to work,” the statement concluded.”

Wednesday
Credit: Netflix

Now, although there are a lot of eyes on Ortega as many wonder if she, much like any Hollywood actor, was planning to “scab”, new information has been revealed that has left many fans feeling deceived, but, in a good way.

Jenna’s age, along with the ages of other cast mates from Wednesday, has been public information; however, many fans of the show have only now noticed that the actors are not all teenagers, as they appear in the show. Wednesday is a 16-year-old girl, but Ortega is actually 21. Many have noted that they thought she was a teenager as her looks are quite “deceiving”.

That is not the only age shock, villain Hunter Doohan, who plays Tyler Galpin is 29, and plays a 16-year-old as well! In fact, all of the teenage characters are in their 20’s including Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe, Emma Meyers as Enid Sinclair, and Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay.

The only Nevermore student who is not, is Moosa Mostafa, who plays Eugene Ottinger. The actor is 15, and his character is only 14 years old!

Ortega may not be able to dress up as the braided teen anytime soon; however, she will one day return to the Netflix screen once the strike has come to an end, still stunning audiences with her “teenage acting capabilities”.

What do you think about the SAG-AFTRA ban? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

Comments Off on Following Jenna Ortega’s Netflix “Ban”, New Deception Discovered