Jenna Ortega had COVID while filming scene in ‘Wednesday’

By Alexandra Heilbron on December 7, 2022 | 3 Comments

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday AddamsWednesday, based on The Addams Family, has become Netflix’s third-most popular English language TV series ever, but the streamer recently received backlash from fans after Jenna Ortega, who plays Wednesday Addams, revealed she had COVID while filming a dance scene.

The scene features Wednesday dancing to “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps. In it, her face is totally blank and expressionless as she dances. The scene has not only become a meme, but fans have been trying to duplicate her moves in their own videos on TikTok and Instagram.

Jenna said during an interview with NME that she choreographed the moves herself, adding “I’m not a dancer and I’m sure that’s obvious… it’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID so it was awful to film.”

She explained, “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.”

As is standard practice, Jenna, along with other cast and crew, had been tested for COVID when arriving on set, but she hadn’t gotten the results yet, so the scene went ahead — that is, until it was confirmed that her test was positive.

MGM, the production company behind the series, sent NME an email saying “strict COVID protocols were followed and once the positive test was confirmed, production removed Jenna from set.”

Jenna asked to redo the scene “but we didn’t have time,” she explained. “I think I probably could have done it a bit better.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Nathan Elke • December 8, 2022 @ 12:52 PM

    Do you like those? “losing their minds” over it didn’t really read context carefully enough.. she was filming before knowing that she was Covid positive, and stopped when she knew.

  2. David Rees • December 8, 2022 @ 6:39 PM

    This just proves that “fans” are stupid. If they read (or can read) they wouldn’t be upset lol

  3. Alison Gothard • December 8, 2022 @ 7:14 PM

    The point is, if you suspect you might have COVID, you are supposed to act as if you do until you get a negative test result. She could have infected the whole cast and crew, although I suspect they were all required to be vaccinated and wear masks as is standard practice in Hollywood now.

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