The Addams Family actress Christina Ricci praises Jenna Ortega, who is playing Wednesday Addams in the upcoming Netflix series Wednesday. Christina Ricci has praised the performance of upcoming Wednesday star Jenna Ortega. Ricci first played Wednesday Addams, the morbid daughter of the iconic Addams family, in the 1991 film The Addams Family before reprising the role in the 1993 sequel Addams Family Values. Although she isn’t the first actress to play the role (it was originated by As the World Turns actress Lisa Loring, who starred in the original 1964-1966 ABC sitcom), she is certainly the most iconic Wednesday for today’s generation of fans.
Naturally, Ricci’s involvement was a prerequisite when it was announced that Netflix was developing a live-action Wednesday series directed by Tim Burton. While her character and the extent to which she appears in the entirety of the series are currently unknown, it has been confirmed that Jenna Ortega will be stepping into her shoes in a new vision of the iconic role. The show, which is a coming-of-age story that follows Wednesday attempting to break a curse on her family while also stopping a series of killings, is set to premiere on the streaming service in late 2022. It also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, and Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems. Per Variety, Ricci spoke about working on the Wednesday series during an FYC event for the prestige series Yellowjackets. In addition to gushing about working with Burton and Christie, she described Ortega as “incredible.” Ricci says the actress is excellent at helping the show provide a modern spin without compromising the classic original tone of The Addams Family. Read her full quote below:
It’s super fun. I loved working with Tim [Burton]. I worked with Gwendolyn Christie, it was amazing. And Jenna is incredible. I saw some of the wardrobe photos before I went [to set] so I knew [what she looked like in character] and I was like, it’s such a great modern take on Wednesday. It’s so true tonally to the heart and soul of [the original], but it’s then it’s incredibly modern and it’s great. Ortega has certainly had the perfect career to help her prepare for the role of Wednesday Addams. She has become a veritable Scream Queen, appearing in projects from every corner of the horror sphere. Her first outing in the genre was in 2013’s Insidious: Chapter 2 when she was only 12 years old, but since then she has appeared in projects including 2022’s Scream, Ti West’s X, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, and Netflix’s stalker series You.
This role will allow her to turn the tables on her typical place in the genre, as she has generally portrayed victims and survivors rather than an actively creepy presence herself. She hasn’t necessarily showcased this particular side of herself before. However, with the approval of one of the most prominent actresses to ever play the role, Ortega should be set to make a real splash in Wednesday.