Jenna Ortega Reveals Surprising Truth Behind That Viral Wednesday Dance Scene

The actor admitted that she was “really insecure” about filming the scene that gained millions of views in mere days.
Jenna Ortega at the Wednesday premiere last month
Jenna Ortega at the Wednesday premiere last month
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Jenna Ortega deserves all the praise for piecing together her now-iconic dance in Netflix’s new series Wednesday.

The actor, who plays the title chqarater in the new Addams Family spin-off, spilled the beans about choreographing for the first time during a new video recently posted to Still Watching Netflix, one of the streaming service’s official YouTube channels.

Jenna — who planned the moves just a few days before director Tim Burton filmed the sequence — chatted with her co-stars about behind-the-scenes details from the series, including the viral scene in which her beloved character performs a mesmerisingly bizarre goth-inspired dance routine.

The nearly three-minute moment toward the end of episode four showcases Wednesday dominating her school’s dance floor during the Rave’N dance with a slew of electric ’80s-inspired dance moves.

“I actually felt really insecure about this,” the 20-year-old actor revealed while watching the scene alongside co-stars Emma Myers, who stars as Enid Sinclair and Wednesday’s best friend at Nevermore Academy, and Hunter Doohan, who plays Tyler Galpin.

“I choreographed that myself and I think it’s very obvious that I’m not a dancer or choreographer,” she said, laughing.

“No, it’s amazing!” Hunter exclaimed. Emma then followed up by sharing that the magnetic scene is one of her favourites of the series.

Fellow co-star Percy Hynes White, who portrays Xavier, chimed in with support, saying: “I can watch an entire show of just this.”

Much of Jenna’s choreography process for building the titular character’s routine involved her garnering inspiration from “archival footage of goths dancing in clubs”.

Last month, she took to Twitter to also thank “Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, [and] Denis Lavant” for helping her out with the scene.

Fans of the ’60s TV series The Addams Family will recognise Wednesday briefly replicating another famous dance routine performed by the first on-screen Wednesday, Lisa Loring, as spotted by an eagle-eyed fan.

The split-second dance moves originate from the episode, “Lurch’s Grand Romance,” which features Wednesday – as played by Lisa Loring – teaching Lurch “The Drew.”

Watch Ortega’s full dance scene below:


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