Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix series, Wednesdaywhich will premiere on November 23. This year at New York Comic Con, I had the privilege of speaking with the actress for a roundtable interview!
The series is a supernaturally infused detective mystery that traces Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous murder spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that engulfed her parents 25 years ago, all while navigating her new and highly tangled relationships in Nevermore. .
To start, I asked Ortega about introducing this iconic character to a new generation and Wednesday being explicitly portrayed as Latina in the series.
“I mean, I think it’s a really beautiful thing. Personally, I can’t think of a Latino character out there today that has the platform or reach that someone like Wednesday Addams has. So I think it’s really wonderful because Netflix prioritized casting a Latina and I think that’s really cool because she’s never been shown that way before and it’s not necessarily wrong either, she’s a comic strip character.” “Why are we so picky about certain races or whatever, I think it’s people’s personal issues that they just need to get over and push because it’s a choice. It’s always an option and if you could take that path and give a voice, give visibility to young people who see themselves as pursuing careers in this industry or are complete fans, we should do it. The voice of all monsters must be heard and they come in different types of colors.”
We also had the opportunity to talk about the fan support he continues to receive for all of his work, as well as the excitement of taking on this role.
“He’s so endearing and so sweet, and he honestly makes me feel good. I had no connection to this industry, I have no idea what I’m doing,” the actress told me. “It was just a passion of mine and for people to support me and encourage me that is very, very beautiful and I am very privileged in that sense because it is a very strange life that I have lived so far. I’m a very, very lucky girl and I think I’m aware of what I have, I’m aware of the position I’ve been put in, and I would love to give the same support or respect to anyone who is interested in this kind of thing. And ultimately, with a character like this, you just want to do him justice, and if anything, I just want people to understand how much I care.”