Like any up-and-coming lady, Wednesday Addams had artistic pursuits like music in her self-titled show. While a lot of shows use hand doubles, tricky angles, or other tactics to use somebody who can actually play the instrument during these kinds of scenes, that wasn’t good enough for Wednesday’s actress, Jenna Ortega.
Yes, she actually learned how to play the cello for the show. While the cello might not be the most difficult instrument to learn, that’s still a lot of hard work to go into a role. You gotta respect it. It made her cello solos look natural and real, something the show was dedicated to.
A Homage to a Classic
Anybody who has a working knowledge of the history of horror fiction would have picked up on the nod to Stephen King's very first novel “Carrie” during the bloody prom scene in “Wednesday.”
In case you aren't aware, the climactic scene of that novel and the associated movies is the title character being chosen as prom queen for a joke in order to dump a bucket of pig's blood on her and humiliate her. She is certainly humiliated, but then she turns destructive. It's a nice homage, but it's almost a little TOO obvious to anyone who likes horror movies.
Keeping the Tradition Going
“Wednesday” features Thing a bit more than other titles in the property, mostly because he serves as Wednesday's guardian during the show. Just like in previous versions of the family, the hand is played by a real actor, this time by Victor Dorobantu.
He wore prosthetic thumpy wrists and a blue chroma-key suit that could be removed without too much work. We're sure it was a lot of hard work getting Dorobantu into the right positions and then making the hand actually look like it was severed, but it's more or less the same thing that other versions of the show did.
The Dance Scenes Weren't Choreographed by a Professional
The prom episode got the most buzz out of most of the show, and for a bunch of good reasons. Wednesday is wearing a fetching all-black dress, and she shows off some memorable dance moves. You might have thought it was expertly choreographed, but there were no professionals there to help.
Jenna Ortega came up with the dance moves all on her own, and the crew filmed it as she was doing them. It took just a single take to get the scene perfect, and the moves were all Ortega's creation. It's an impressive feat since most shows have plenty of dance experts ready to show off what they know.
Principal Weems Is Based on a Horror Classic
When you watched “Wednesday,” you might have been put off by the blonde and coiffed Principal Larissa Weems, played by Gwendoline Christie. She seems to come off as a little evil, but her look and overall design come from another piece of classic horror fiction.
Tippi Hedren, the heroine of the thrilling Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” has a very similar style, including her hairdo and outfit. It's an easy detail to miss, but once you notice it, the similarities are too apparent not to keep picking up on. The characters themselves are not all that similar, but their looks are.