Wednesday star Jenna Ortega REVEALS how Billie Eilish influenced her character Wednesday Addams
Jenna Ortega, who plays Wednesday Addams in Tim Burton's Wednesday, disclosed about her beloved character: "We weren't making her like every other teenage girl."
Wednesdays have never looked so spooky! Yesterday, i.e. November 23, the highly-anticipated Tim Burton series Wednesday premiered with Jenna Ortega portraying the titular role of beloved The Addams Family member Wednesday Addams. Besides her inimitable dry wit, it's also Wednesday's spunky style that grabs eyeballs, and in an interview with USA Today, Jenna disclosed which famous celebrity was a major influence on her character's iconic goth girl avatar...
Jenna Ortega: Billie Eilish Was on "The Mood Board" For Wednesday Addams
During her candid chat with the publication, Jenna Ortega stated that the most critical aspect of playing Wednesday Addams in Wednesday for the 20-year-old actress was that "we weren't making her like every other teenage girl." Interestingly, Ortega revealed that Grammy and Oscar-winning musician Billie Elish was on "the mood board" when Team Wednesday was figuring out her character's popular gothic look and wardrobe. Billie fans know kindly of Eilish's edgy fashion sense and her love for the colour black! Hence, we're not the least bit surprised that the Happier Than Ever singer influenced Wednesday Addams' look in Wednesday.
Moreover, Tim Burton was all praises for Jenna Ortega's pitch-perfect performance as Wednesday Addams, a complex role not easy to portray. According to the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Jenna stayed true to Wednesday, striking "the right balance without softening her character, [while] showing sort of a humanness underneath it."
We definitely agree with Tim Burton, Jenna Ortega hit it out of the park as Wednesday Addams!
What did you think of Jenna Ortega's epic portrayal of Wednesday Addams - alongside her superior goth style - in Wednesday? Share your personal review as well as your favourite scenes from the show with Pinkvilla in the comments section below.
Wednesday: Everything to Know
Wednesday - created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar - is an eight-episode (four have been directed by Tim Burton, who also is an executive producer) coming-of-age supernatural horror comedy television series based on The Addams Family member Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), Morticia Addams (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Gomez Addams' (Luis Guzmán) teenage daughter. Notably, Wednesday also stars Christina Ricci - who had her own breakout role as Wednesday Addams in 1991's The Addams Family - as Marilyn Thornhill/Laurel Gates, a Nevermore Academy teacher with a keenness for plants.
The official synopsis for Wednesday reads, "The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams' years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday's attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore."