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Wednesday bosses on landing Christina Ricci for Netflix series & more!

Creators Al Gough and Miles Millar talked about landing Christina Ricci for Netflix’s Wednesday and how Jenna Ortega is perfect for the role.

The story follows the homicidal teen while enrolled at the peculiar Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to solve a supernatural mystery involving her parents and stop a monstrous killing spree wreaking havoc on the nearby town.

“She had an intensity, and she had an intelligence,” Gough tells TVLine of Ortega’s casting. “She felt like an old soul, which really is what Wednesday is. Her approach was really specific. She really worked on her posture, she really worked on the non-blinking, she really worked on how she was going to deliver the lines. She’s 95 percent of the show, and we’re shooting for eight months in Romania, so it’s a role you really inhabit, and I think she did that.”

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The creators on landing Christina Ricci on Wednesday

Wednesday bosses on landing Christina Ricci for Netflix series

The show features several familiar faces, including Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia; Luis Guzmán as Gomez; and Christina Ricci, who previously portrayed Wednesday in the 1991 film The Addams Family as well as its sequel Addams Family Values. In Wednesday, Ricci plays Marilyn Thornhill, an original character created for the show.

“We weren’t sure we could make it happen because Christina was shooting Yellowjackets and she was pregnant,” Gough shares. “We had to rejigger the schedule because she really wanted to do it. She worked with Tim [Burton] on Sleepy Hollow, and she loves Wednesday and really loved the idea of the project. It was really important to us that we honor the legacy of what’s happened before.”

Jenna Ortega Explains How She and Christina Ricci Bonded Over Playing Wednesday Addams

“Playing Wednesday as a teenager—I think we had that conversation a little bit later,” Ortega exclusively told E! News. “She related to a lot of the struggles or interesting challenges that made the job more fun or exciting in certain aspects, and that I really appreciated.”

And apparently, both actresses discovered that playing Wednesday can come with a predisposition to be a little more sarcastic than the average person.

“We both are a bit dry,” the You alum explained. “If we’re talking to each other, neither one of us can tell whether the other person is being serious or not. It’s kind of a fun game.”

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Ortega said that Wednesday is completely different from the 90’s movies that Barry Sonnenfeld directed.

“Our show has superpowers and outcasts and evil ghost pilgrims,” she added. “So they’re two very different people our Wednesdays, I think. Our characters in the show are polar opposites. They have a sweet little relationship.”

Wednesday Showrunners Share Potential Season 2 Plans for Addams Family Series

The Netflix drama hasn’t yet been renewed for Season 2, but co-showrunner Al Gough says he plans to delve further into the morbid teen’s growth if given the chance. “The series is really about a girl who sees the world in black and white, and learning there are shades of gray,” he tells TVLine. “I think like any relationship or any friendship, it can get complicated by other factors. It’s never going to be smooth sailing. And it’s really her learning to navigate the ups and downs of friendship.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones in Wednesday

Another area ripe for continued exploration is Wednesday’s eccentric family, which includes her mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), her father Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and younger brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez).

“We felt like we just touched the surface with those characters and the actors are so amazing in those roles,” co-showrunner Miles Millar explains. “Catherine is, I think, an iconic Morticia. The relationship between Wednesday and Morticia is also essential to the show, and the idea that Wednesday is trying to forge her own path outside the family is important.”

With that said, Millar acknowledges that the series is called Wednesday, so they “really want to focus the show on Wednesday.” However, they “definitely want to feature the family as we did this season in a couple of episodes if we were to get a second season.”

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Source: TVLine/E!News/Deadline

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Aurora Odolini
Aurora Odolini
Currently studying Communication sciences, when I’m not crying for university, I’m crying for TV series. I like running off into imaginary worlds because they’re way better than reality. Oscar nominated for mental movies. A perfect mix of Jane Sloan, Jessica Day and Clary Morgenstern (The book version, though). In my free time, I write articles and TV series reviews, so to combine two biggest passions of mine.

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