Wednesday season 2 writers seem to be taking Jenna Ortega’s story suggestions to heart. Recently, Ortega stirred up some discussion when she revealed that she’d changed some of Wednesday Addams’s dialogue while filming because she didn’t feel that her character would say certain things. It’s part of Ortega’s ongoing candidness about the popular Netflix series. The actor has previously criticized the show’s focus on love triangles and noted that she’d like to see more horror in the upcoming episodes.
During an interview on The Tonight Show, Ortega gave host Jimmy Fallon an update on Wednesday season 2.
The Golden Globe nominee said that the writing team was assembling to begin work on the Netflix series’ next chapter. She also indicated that there’s an agreement that the show should lean into horror and away from love triangles. Read the full quote below:
“I don’t know. I think we just started getting a writers’ room together and kind of talking about it. And everyone is being really cool. I think we want to up kind of the horror aspect a little bit and then get Wednesday out of the romantic situation and just let her be her own individual and fight for her own crime.”
Ortega’s latest comments about the writing on Wednesday came as part of a lengthy podcast interview on Armchair Expert, in which the actor seemed to suggest that she struggled to accept praise for her lead performance. Despite this, her care for the character she plays shines through. Ortega will act as an executive producer on Wednesday season 2, and she detailed how she would become almost unprofessional due to her protectiveness of the teen she portrays.
Some writers, particularly on Twitter, took issue with her comments. The bulk of the complaints is related to how Ortega changing Wednesday’s lines on the spot made things difficult for the rest of the cast and crew. While that’s a fair point on its own, some critics seemed to doubt her claims altogether and mentioned that it was the latest example of the lack of respect for writers in the entertainment industry. It appears Ortega accidentally fueled a debate that’s much bigger than Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the Wednesday writers teased about season 2 focusing on the titular character’s relationships, especially between her and Enid. Based on Ortega’s recent comments, season 2 may also sway away from Wednesday‘s love triangle in season 1. Despite some backlash about Ortega’s recent comments, the actor also proves a point about wanting to make the character authentic to herself, which means the writing should reflect on that. While this plays onto the recent coverage of the treatment of writers in Hollywood, Wednesday season 2 likely hints at an amicable collaboration between Ortega and the writers to put forth more horror and less of the romantics.
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Source: The Tonight Show, Armchair Expert