The wacky goth dance scene has become one of the most iconic things from Netflix’s Wednesday series. Now, however, the Wednesday television show is receiving backlash now that Jenna Ortega revealed she had COVID while filming the sequence.
She revealed as much in an interview with NME after noting she choreographed the dance herself. Shockingly, however, she added that “it was awful to film” given that it was her “first day with COVID.”
As Ortega began to explain:
“I choreographed that myself!” Ortega started. “I’m not a dancer and I’m sure that’s obvious. I’d gotten the song [The Cramps’ 1981 single ‘Goo Goo Muck’] about a week before and I just pulled from whatever I could… it’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID so it was awful to film.”
She further discussed the COVID symptoms which bothered her while filming for Wednesday:
“Yeah, I woke up and – it’s weird, I never get sick and when I do it’s not very bad – I had the body aches. I felt like I’d been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus. They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.”
With that said, the production company behind Wednesday, MGM, confirmed that “strict COVID protocols were followed and once the positive test was confirmed production removed Jenna from set.”
Additionally, Jenna Ortega felt she could’ve done even better if she had the extra time:
“I asked to redo it but we didn’t have time,” she added. “I think I probably could have done it a bit better…”
In any case, some fans were not happy to hear about this. As you can see below, Wednesday is now facing backlash on social media for having allowed Jenna Ortega to film her dance scene in a crowd while infected with COVID:
In addition to Jenna Ortega as the titular character, the cast of Wednesday includes Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Isaac Ordonez, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Fred Armisen, and Christina Ricci.
Fans can currently view the entire first season of Wednesday on Netflix. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for additional updates on the series as we have them.