Impromptu lines done by on-screen actors are always done best when doing one of those takes that unexpectedly end up on the finished set. In the case of Jenna Ortega in that one scene where Thing had gifted her the black gown for her Rave’N dance, the actress had changed the original line for the better image of Wednesday Addams.
Recently speaking in a Tiktok Q&A Ortega held herself, as per Comicbook.com, the actress went into detail about one particular line she wanted to change, which ended up sounding more like the character than the initial line. Check out her full quote below:
“I remember there’s a line where I’m talking about a dress, and initially, she was supposed to say, “Oh my God, I’m freaking out over a dress, I literally hate myself.” And I was blown away because that sounded like — it was just a bunch of little things like that. I felt like we were able to avoid a lot of dialogue in an attempt to make her sound human.”
Personally, I agree wholeheartedly that Jenna’s final cut was way better than that. The way Wednesday simply asked Thing how much they paid for the dress with a hint of a small smile before changing is closer to the character than outwardly mentioning how much she’s “freaking out over a dress.” In this case, Wednesday’s lack of dialogue already does the trick.
In fact, previously, Wednesday showrunner Al Gough revealed that one of the Addams family daughter’s lines almost didn’t make the final cut seeing how “too dark” it was, even for a Tim Burton show. Fortunately, Miles Millar countered this incident by saying, “[But] that’s the whole point of the character. To lose that or dilute that is a betrayal of the character.”
All episodes of Wednesday are available to stream on Netflix.