Jenna Ortega doesn’t want Wednesday’s dance for the SNL promo
“I think it’s time to do something new,” the “Scream VI” star says ahead of her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut.
Jenna Ortega has satirical grief over the idea of performing the viral ‘Wednesday’ dance for ‘SNL.’
The “Scream VI” star, who hosted the record-breaking Addams Family spin-off Netflix hit series at the end of 2022, will host “Saturday Night Live” March 11. In promotion for her upcoming performance, Ortega states that she refuses to change back into her black lace costume a bit.
“Honestly, it’s very well written, but I just don’t feel like promoting the ‘Wednesday’ dance because we’ve seen so much and I think it’s time to do something new.” Ortega says in the ad.
The Please Don’t Destroy “SNL” crew starts roasting him for refusing to do it, until finally Ortega gives up and disinterestedly goes into the choreography.
Ortega recently revealed that she asked “Wednesday” executive producer/director Burton not to hire a choreographer for the viral dance sequence because she “didn’t trust outside opinions” about the character and was “so overwhelmed.”
“Initially it was supposed to be a flash mob and the girl was supposed to start dancing and everyone was supposed to pick her up and start dancing with her. And I vetoed that because why would it be good for him? Ortega said on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “I said, ‘Either cut it or knock someone out on Wednesday and that’s it.’
In the end, the dance sequence felt “very Wednesday” because of Ortega’s creative direction. Ortega also serves as an executive producer on Season 2 of the series.
“There were times on set where I even became professional in the sense that I just started changing lines,” Ortega admitted. “The script supervisor thought I was coming up with something, and then I have to sit down with the writers and they’re like, ‘Wait, what happened to the scene?’ And I’d have to go through and explain why I can’t do certain things.”
Filming “Wednesday” in Romania also clashed with Ortega reprising her role in Netflix’s “You,” leaving the actress “devastated.”
Despite Ortega’s critically-acclaimed turn and nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes on Wednesday, the “X” star credits the show’s success to audiences because it’s “easy to like.”
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