February 9, 2023

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Attention, “Wednesday” Fans — Here Are 16 Things You Might Not

Netflix’s Addams Family series, Wednesday, is officially out and has been making quite the splash.

Here are 15 other things you might not know about the series:

1.

It broke a record previously set by the fourth season of Stranger Things.

2.

Executive producer Tim Burton was attached to the 1991 Addams Family film, but due to scheduling conflicts, directorial duties were passed on to Barry Sonnenfeld, who also directed the sequel Addams Family Values.

3.

Jenna Ortega was covered in fake blood and gore when she met Burton, along with series creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, over a Zoom call.


Jenna Ortega / Via Twitter: @jennaortega

She’d spent the day filming a particularly gnarly scene in X.

4.

Millar and Gough have experience with teen shows — they created the WB series Smallville.

5.

Ortega learned how to play the cello for the role.


Jenna Ortega / Via Twitter: @jennaortega

In an interview with Wired in which she answered Google’s most searched questions about her, she said she started learning about two months before filming.

6.

She also choreographed Wednesday’s big dance scene herself.

The cast of Wednesday reacts to *that* dance scene — which @jennaortega choreographed herself!


Netflix / Via Twitter: @netflix

In a behind-the-scenes video, she revealed that she felt really insecure about the scene, adding, “I think it’s very obvious that I’m not a dancer or choreographer.”

7.

Inspiration for the choreography included Siouxsie Sioux and ’80s goths.

Thanks to Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant, and archival footage of goths dancing in clubs in the 80’s. Helped me out on this one. https://t.co/zlxlv1JUW4


Netflix / Via Twitter: @jennaortega

8.

Ortega took fencing, archery, canoeing, and German lessons as well — the latter of which she put to use when telling a group of tourists about fudge and colonialism.

9.

At 6’3″, George Burcea is the shortest actor to play Lurch in a live-action role.

10.

Thing the hand isn’t CGI or an animatronic — he’s played by an actor, just like in the ’90s films.


Nora Dominick / Victor Dorobantu / Instagram / Via instagram.com

11.

Victor Dorobantu, the aforementioned actor who played Thing in the series, and Christopher Hart, who played the mischievous hand in the ’90s movies, are both magicians.

12.

Christina Ricci is the only actor from a previous Addams Family project to appear in the first season of Wednesday.

13.

Thora Birch was originally cast to play the role Ricci eventually took.

14.

Ortega made a point not to speak with Ricci about playing Wednesday Addams to make sure she kept her portrayal as unique as possible.

15.

If Gwendoline Christie’s character Principal Weems seems familiar, it’s because costume designer Colleen Atwood modeled her look after Tippi Hedren in The Birds.

Have you watched Wednesday yet? What do you think of it?

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