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Jenna Ortega Not Allowed to Star as Wednesday Addams

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Even at a young age, Jenna Ortega has already become a major icon in the world of Hollywood.

Jenna Ortega (also known as Jenna Marie Ortega) is a talented American actress who has significantly impacted the entertainment industry at a young age. Jenna Ortega’s journey in the entertainment industry began when she was just eight years old, appearing in commercials and small television roles.

Ortega’s breakout role came when she played the character of Young Jane on the critically acclaimed television series Jane the Virgin. This opportunity paved the way for her to land various other acting roles in both television and film, and she quickly gained recognition for her talent and versatility as an actress.

Jenna Ortega’s collaboration with Netflix began with her role as Ella Lopez in the third season of the popular series You. This marked a significant turning point in her career, as it introduced her to a global audience and established her as a prominent name in the streaming platform’s roster of talent. However, it was Ortega’s portrayal of Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s reboot of The Addams Family franchise that truly cemented her relationship with Netflix.

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Wednesday not only showcased Jenna Ortega’s acting abilities but also introduced her to an even broader audience. Her range as an actress, navigating the character’s complex blend of dark humor and unique personality, demonstrated her versatility. Fans watching at home fell in love with Wednesday due to the modern twist into the iconic role. Wednesday is directed by none other than legendary Tim Burton.

Tim Burton is known as a director, producer, and writer. Burton is also known for his distinctive and imaginative style, often characterized by dark, Gothic, and quirky themes. He has directed a wide range of films over the years, some of which have become iconic in the world of cinema. Some of Tim Burton’s films include Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow(1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Frankenweenie (2012), Dumbo (2019) and many more films.

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Due to the SAG-AFTRA Strikes, several projects have been on hold or stopped due to backlash. Netflix has revealed that the second season of Wednesday is a top priority once the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes are resolved. Once the strikes stop, it’s already been reported that Jenna Ortega will be busy due to Scream 7 and Beetlejuice 2. 

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With the strike still in full force, they have decided to introduce new restrictions. SAG-AFTRA has issued guidelines regarding Halloween costumes for actors and actresses during the strikes, prohibiting them from dressing as characters from struck content. Members are encouraged to opt for costumes inspired by non-struck content, such as animated TV shows, and avoid posting photos of costumes inspired by struck content on social media. So this means if Jenna Ortega wanted to dress as Wednesday Addams for Halloween, she would not be allowed to.

What are your thoughts on the latest rules on actors and actresses being unable to dress as their characters due to the strikes and backlash?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

6 comments

  1. What authority does SAG have over what its members dress as for Halloween? It seems like a petty demand, and one I hope many actors simply ignore.

  2. Seems they are reaching beyond their power.

  3. Sounds perfectly reasonable. That’s how a strike works.

  4. I want to know who the “Struck” characters are and I think we should all dress as one! I guess Wednesday Addams is one of them…

  5. I don’t give a fuk about no Halloween, as long as she’s playing Wednesday in the series that’s all that matters to me! you all need to stop acting so petty and grow tf up!

  6. Okay, first, yes, Ortega is a talented actress and did an outstanding job playing the role. But, acting is a job. Let’s look at things realistically. A person takes a job making hamburgers for a restaurant. The hamburgers are world class. Everyone loves them. Then that same person decides, okay, I refuse to make hamburgers and want to make chicken burgers instead. So, they start making chicken burgers, even though the chain is known for hamburgers. However, the person says, “well, I don’t think hamburgers are healthy and I refuse to make them.” Is it wrong then for the restaurant to fire the cook? No. They have a brand and an investment in what they are selling. Jenna did not write or come up with the series. She was hired to play a role. She wasn’t hired to write it. She wasn’t hired to share her personal objectives. She knew the script beforehand and agreed to that part. While she does have the right to ask about certain things because she is a creative person, the show that is paying her has the right to the final objective. Now she doesn’t want to do the show, but instead wants a movie. There has to be some line that the creators draw.