Jenna Ortega’s dance scene from the prom episode is one of the most famous parts of the show, quickly going viral and reaching people who might not have even known about the show. However, it turns out that viral is an operative word there – Jenna Ortega had a little illness while she was shooting it.
Shooting for the show took place from September 2021 to March 2022, which meant plenty of protection and testing. Ortega tested positive right after filming the dance scene, which meant she had to isolate herself until testing negative. Thankfully, she nailed the dance scene in one take.
Keeping Her Skills Sharp
Wednesday proves to be adept at archery during her self-titled Netflix show, but big fans of the Addams family movies from the nineties will already be aware that the character has some experience.
While it isn't totally out of the realm of possibility for strange Wednesday Addams to have plenty of practice at archery, her character has displayed the skill previously in the “Addams Family Values” movie from 1993. The series worked hard to develop Wednesday's character while also tying in elements from past versions, allowing older fans and newer fans to join together in appreciation of a new way to look at this classic character.
Tim Burton Is Always on Hand
It's clear that producer and director Tim Burton put a ton of thought and work into “Wednesday,” and one thing that he left all to himself was directing Thing, the disembodied hand that acts as Wednesday's guardian during the show.
Hand directing is a big part of movies since they're in so many close-up shots, but this is not usually what people mean when they talk about it. The hand was the entire character, not just a single limb, and a lot of work had to go into making it look like it was actually crawling around. And the rest was history.
Every Single Angle
While practical effects were utilized to their fullest to get Thing, played by Victor Dorobantu, on the show “Wednesday,” there's only so much practical effects can pull off. A huge array of cameras of all different kinds was set up just to take pictures of Dorobantu's hand in order to make small changes to scenes or fix filming issues, despite the attempt to film it all naturally.
Seriously, take a look at all the cameras they had to use just so they could recreate a hand if they needed to. This was also likely because they wanted to create models and needed reference pictures.
Lots of Lessons
It's common for actors and actresses to have to learn new skills to take on certain roles, and Jenna Ortega playing Wednesday, is no exception. She chose to learn the cello – no small feat – but there are several other examples.
She took lessons in fencing and archery, learned how to canoe, and even learned German for the scenes of her pretending to be a pilgrim. Some actors choose to learn lines phonetically, but speakers of the language can always tell. It's a lot more work doing it this way, but it's also a lot more natural – and it makes the show really shine.