Jenna Ortega, the star of Netflix’s new Addams Family spin-off on Wednesday, has been heavily criticized online for continuing to film the show despite having COVID symptoms.
The 20-year-old admitted that when she was filming the series’ now-iconic dance scene, “it was my first day with COVID,” though she did not have a confirmed positive.
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In an interview to promote the series, Ortega recalled filming the dance, which she herself choreographed, and admitted that it was “horrible” to film it.
“I’m not a dancer and I’m sure that’s obvious. I got the song (The Cramps’ 1981 Goo Goo Muck single) about a week earlier and pulled out of everything I could… It’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID so it was horrible filming it,” he told NME. . .
“Yes, I woke up and, it’s weird, I never get sick and when I do it’s not too bad, I had body aches.
‘I felt like I was hit by a car’
“I felt like I had been hit by a car and a little goblin had come loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus,” he said.
“They were giving me medicine between shots because we were waiting for the positive result.”
The actress and the production team have received intense backlash online for continuing to film while “waiting” for the outcome.
“Yes, this is a very bad thing. It was dangerous, unethical and extremely selfish, both on their part and on the part of the directors and producers,” one tweet said.
“There is absolutely no positive way to spin an actress by knowingly exposing hundreds of cast and crew members to COVID.
“The minute she woke up feeling sick, she should have called her publicist and manager and told them she was going to get tested and stay home until she got the results back. PERIOD.”
“That’s up to the show’s producers, they should have STOPPED filming as soon as she had symptoms, not when she came back positive,” said one TikToker.
“This is a very bad thing. It was dangerous, unethical and extremely selfish, both on their part and on the part of the directors and producers,” said one commenter.
“Something so simple exposed hundreds of people on set to COVID – she is number one on the call list, this could have been prevented,” added another.
Since then, the production company MGM has issued a statement assuring that “strict COVID protocols were followed and once the positive test was confirmed, the production removed Jenna from the set.”
Despite the setback, the eight-episode show broke Netflix records, garnering a whopping 341 million hours of viewing within five days of its world premiere on November 23.
The debut was so successful that the show dethroned Netflix’s crown jewel Stranger Things, which had more than 335 million hours in its first week, even after building its fanbase over four seasons.
Wednesday has also become number one in 93 countries, including Australia, and has given rise to the TikTok phenomenon of #WednesdayDance.
The series centers on the Addams Family daughter Wednesday, played by Jenna Ortega, and her time at Nevermore Academy.
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