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.
The Wrong Kind of Viral
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.
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.
Getting Every Detail Right
While Wednesday is generally known for just wearing dresses that are somewhat drab and featureless, the Netflix show decided to give her a few more options. Still, her character had to be in everything she wore. Everything from the colors, fabrics, cuts, and accessories were discussed and chosen to make sure that they all fit the gloomy Wednesday.
And it's not just for the title character, either – Enid, Tyler, Bianca, Principal Weems, and Xavier all had special outfits made for them, all full of detail and designed just for the character in mind. Lots of attention to detail and small pieces is a very Burton thing to do.
A Few Different Locations
While a majority of the shooting for “Wednesday” took place in Romania (in order to add a creepy feeling), not everything was done in Europe. Romania was the perfect place, with plenty of gloomy forests and spooky castles, but stages had to step in to take over a few times.
It was mostly to have full control of the set since you can't always go smashing through stained-glass windows in ancient castles and get away with it. While actually filming in a castle is cool, sometimes it's just easier – or much cheaper – to make a set if you need to do something specific.