“I wanted to go back to Ellie for a long time,” Ortega confirmed, “but I was in Romania filming ‘Wednesday.’
The scariest thing for newly minted scream queen Jenna Ortega? Conflicting production schedule.
The “Wednesday” star revealed she was “devastated” not to return to the serial killer drama “You” for Season 4 after making her series debut as Joe Goldberg’s (Penn Badgley) confidant Ellie in the second season.
“I was devastated,” Ortega told Entertainment Tonight about not being able to return to the series. “Easily one of my favorite sets I’ve ever been on. I’m so broken. I miss Ellie and I wanted to go back to Ellie for a long time, but I was in Romania filming ‘Szerda’. I wouldn’t be able to travel back and forth with the pandemic and everything like that, and if you committed to a show, it just couldn’t have worked.
Ortega added: “But it threw me off. I tried.”
“You” showrunner Sera Gamble exclusively told IndieWire that Ortega was in the original plans for Season 4.
“We wanted to bring Ellie back and we heard, ‘Oh, Jenna’s doing a show,'” Gamble said. “It was a great pleasure to see Jenna this year. We have ideas for Ellie if her schedule allows her to visit us again.
Ortega said earlier Teen Vogue In 2019, that she would love to reprise her role as Ellie and had some plot twist ideas of her own.
“It would be wonderful to see Ellie come back and take control of her life,” Ortega said. “I just want it to be more badass. I don’t want her to come back and be extremely vulnerable and sad. We have to remember that even though people still find Joe charming, he does evil, terrible things and gets away with them because of his gender, race, and social status. (Ellie) has so much potential and talent, don’t lose her because of it.”
Meanwhile, Ortega is planning to film “Wednesday” Season 2, and he stars in “Scream VI,” which hits theaters on March 10. The Disney Channel alum’s upcoming roles include an as-yet-untitled film opposite The Weeknd and Oscar nominee Barry Keoghan, directed by “Waves” and “It Comes at Night” helmer Trey Edward Shults. The Weeknd co-wrote the film with Shults, and The Weeknd worked with “Uncut Gems” and “Good Time” composer-producer OPN (real name Daniel Lopatin) to score the film.
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