- “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega said she had COVID while filming her viral dance scene.
- The actress said she was given medication between takes to keep her going.
- She only did the scene once and couldn’t try it a second time.
Netflix’s “Wednesday” has been a hit with audiences since it debuted on the streaming platform in November, as the show reimagines “The Addams Family” for a new generation by focusing on its titular daughter, played by “X” and “Scream” star Jenna Ortega.
Ortega has clearly struck a chord with fans ever since the now-iconic dance scene went viral on TikTok thanks to the star’s unique moves on the dance floor.
But the star recently said NME that she actually had COVID during production and felt awful while filming the dance.
Ortega said: “I got the song about a week early and I pulled out of everything I could…it’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID, so it was horrible shooting it. Yeah, I woke up and – it’s weird, I never get sick And when I do it, it’s not too bad, I had pain in my body.”
The actress added that she felt like she had been “hit by a car” and that the crew gave her medication sporadically during filming.
Ortega also noted that he had not had a positive test result at the time, which is why he was still allowed to be on set.
She said: “I felt like I had been hit by a car and a little goblin had come loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus. They were giving me medication between takes because we were waiting for the positive.” result.”
Netflix has faced an online backlash following the Ortega revelation, with fans on Twitter criticizing the streaming service for letting the star on set when she was feeling so sick in the first place, as she could have infected others. other actors or team members.
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MGM, the production company behind the series, told NME that “strict COVID protocols were followed, and once the positive test was confirmed, production removed Jenna from the set.”
Ortega also believes that he could have done the dance much better a second time if the crew had had more time during production.
She said: “I asked to redo it but we didn’t have time. I think it probably could have been done a little better.”