Jenna Ortega Is the Wednesday Addams of Netflix’s “Addams Family” Reboot
Jenna Ortega, aka the Wednesday Addams of Netflix’s new “Addams Family” reboot, has a slew of impressive accomplishments to her name. She plays the lead in the spin-off of Charles Addams’ famed 1930s cartoons, and it’s not hard to see why: Ortega is a natural for the role. After all, Ortega is a star of Disney’s Bizaardvark and was also a part of the Scream franchise. Her performance as the titular schoolgoth in that film was a major highlight.
While Ortega was already in the public eye for her roles in Jane the Virgin and Stuck in the Middle, the news that she would be joining the Addams family was a bit of a surprise. Unlike the other members of the family, which are known for their sexy good looks, the female leads in the series are not the usual Disney Channel fare. The actors have a lot of style and a certain maturity to go with it.
When the show was announced, fans got excited. Not only would they get to watch Wednesday and her gang of misfits, but they’d also be able to watch some of Tim Burton’s greatest works, including his ‘Bloody Mary’ dance number and the infamous “Blood and Ice Cream” scene. But despite the buzz, the show itself wasn’t a blockbuster. Although a lot of the attention has been on the new stars, there have been some rumblings that the Addams might actually have a second season. That’s good news for those who want to keep watching.
Ortega and Rodrigo were no strangers to each other, having starred in shows on the Disney Channel, most notably Bizaardvark, where they bonded on the set. They even reunited at the MTV Movie and TV Awards to good effect. And while they didn’t exactly woo each other, they did share a few amusing moments, most notably in the “Wednesday” and “Stuck in the Middle” mashup.
Wednesday may be a reimagined version of the original, but it’s also one of the most ambitious of all the new series on Netflix. As the title implies, the star of the new show is a teenage girl who’s trying to figure out what her parents were like as kids. This is done in part by attending the renowned Nevermore Academy. The show’s creators have clearly had a lot of fun with the concept, and they are keen to continue the story.
One of the biggest surprises is how well the production and the cast perform. In addition to Ortega and Rodrigo, the series also features a slew of talented young actors, including Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Missy and Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbot. Even if Wednesday’s storyline isn’t quite as sexy as the previous characters, this is a great way to introduce viewers to the Addams clan.
On top of the show’s clever feats, Wednesday has a few other worthy gimmicks to boast of, including a clever trailer. The trailer – which has over 139 million views on TikTok – is actually more about murder and mystery than it is about dance moves, but it does give viewers a little bit of a glimpse into what they can expect. Those who have watched the show so far are already planning to catch it again.