Wednesday star Jenna Ortega receives backlash for seemingly exposing cast and crew to COVID-19 while filming iconic scene


Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega is under fire after seemingly exposing cast and crew to COVID-19 while filming an iconic scene from the hit Netflix series.

In the memorable moment from episode four, the 20-year-old could be seen dancing to Lady Gaga’s hit Bloody Mary in character as Wednesday Addams – and the scene has since gone viral on TikTok.

Speaking to NME, Ortega said she was proud she got through that self-choreographed scene, given she was battling COVID-19 at the time.

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Jenna Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix reimagining of The Addams Family, Wednesday.
Jenna Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix reimagining of The Addams Family, Wednesday. (Netflix)

“I choreographed that myself!” she told the Britsh magazine. “I’m not a dancer and I’m sure that’s obvious. I’d gotten the song [The Cramps’ 1981 single Goo Goo Muck] about a week before and I just pulled from whatever I could… It’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID so it was awful to film.”

“Yeah, I woke up and – it’s weird, I never get sick and when I do it’s not very bad – I had the body aches. I felt like I’d been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus. They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.”

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Jenna Ortega attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating in May 2022 in New York City. (WireImage)

Although the actress wasn’t testing positive for the virus at the time of filming, she has still received an onslaught of backlash from her revelation, with many social media users lashing the star for potentially exposing the deadly virus to her cast and crew on the Tim Burton-directed series.

However, Wednesday’s production company MGM said in a statement that “strict COVID protocols were followed and once the positive test was confirmed production removed Jenna from set”.

Meanwhile, fans believe Ortega had no choice but to work while feeling under the weather as the show must go on.

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“This is a bad thing right? we all agree that this is not some ‘persevering through hardship’ moment, its a why the f–k didn’t she get sent home, she could get horrendously sick or infect others kinda moment. like the details are that she was waiting for a test while filming and it did come back positive but SHE SHOULD HAVE STILL ISOLATED WHILE WAITING FOR A TEST, Tim Burtons f–king artistic vision aint worth dead people.”

“Yes, this is a very bad thing. It was dangerous, unethical, and extremely selfish thing to do, both on her part, and on the part of the directors and producers,” they tweeted.

“There’s absolutely no positive way to spin an actress knowingly exposing hundreds of cast members and crew to COVID.”

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