Netflix’s Wednesday actor Jenna Ortega is now a subject of fans’ backlash after she revealed a startling detail about the series. Several fans of the comedy-horror series have called out the lead on social media for filming an important scene after testing positive for COVID. What do the fans have to say? Plus, what scene was it? Keep reading to find out the details!
Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega Details Her COVID Diagnosis
Recently, Jenna opened up about filming her famous dance sequence and talked about several details including her COVID diagnosis. Although the show is receiving rave reviews, this revelation has fans riled up against the show makers and the lead as well. Her dance scene in the series was so popular that it also became a TikTok trend. Also, in a recent interview, the actress revealed that this routine was choreographed by her.
She also revealed, “I choreographed that myself! I’m not a dancer and I’m sure that’s obvious. I’d gotten the song [The Cramps’ 1981 single ‘Goo Goo Much’] 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.”
Jenna Ortega Took Medicine While Shooting Her Dance Scene
The 20-year-old further details how she was taking medicines between takes. She mentioned, “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.”
Some fans might see it as her dedication to work. However, many believed it was unacceptable for the makers to expose the entire crew to the deadly disease.
Wednesday Makers Claim They Followed Strict Protocols
As per CBR.com, several fans took to Twitter and questioned why the actress was even allowed to be present on the set after her diagnosis.
One wrote, “Yes, this is a very bad thing. It was a dangerous, unethical, and extremely selfish thing to do, both on her part and on the part of the directors and producers. There’s absolutely no positive way to spin an actress knowingly exposing hundreds of cast members and crew to COVID.”
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.
There's absolutely no positive way to spin an actress knowingly exposing hundreds of cast members and crew to COVID. https://t.co/bonjng9ktZ
— Carolyn -😏- Hinds 🇧🇧 (@CarrieCnh12) December 4, 2022
However, Wednesday’s production company, MGM, claimed that they followed strict COVID protocols. They also stated that once the actor tested positive, she was removed from the set. The fallout from the COVID diagnosis news might hurt Wednesday’s well-received run. However, this isn’t the only negative news associated with the series.
Early on, the series director, Tim Burton, faced backlash for his portrayal of black characters as antagonists and bullies. This includes Nigerian actor Joy Sunday cast as mean girl Bianca Barclay. Another black actor Iman Marson was also cast as Lucas Wilson, the corrupt mayor’s son.
Do you think it was irresponsible of the makers to allow Jenna Ortega to film with COVID? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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