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.
Jenna Ortega Learned How to Play the Cello
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.
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.
Going Truly Bald
It seems more than one actor for Uncle Fester decided to go all the way to portray the character as accurately as possible. Jackie Coogan shaved his hair off to get the role for the sixties television show, and Fred Armisen shaved his head to make the character look as real as possible for the Netflix “Wednesday” adaptation.
He could have easily worn a bald cap and gotten the makeup team to get it perfect, but he wanted to do it the real way. It doesn't really seem to make much difference in the show, but it's nice to see someone going all-in to play a character.
Christina Ricci Wasn't Going to Be Part of the Cast
Christina Ricci played the eldest Addams child in the movies from the nineties, so it didn't surprise many that she made an appearance as Wednesday's botany teacher and dorm mom. However, she wasn't originally going to be part of the cast.
The actress Thora Birch was in the role, and more than half of the show had been filmed before Birch had to drop out due to a family illness. Ricci expressed interest, and the show jumped at the chance, even if it did mean they would have to reshoot a number of scenes. It's a nice detail to include, though it almost didn't happen.