Despite its popularity, Jenna Ortega reveals she has regrets about her viral Wednesday dance moves. Ortega leads the cast of the Netflix series as the Addams Family’s daughter, exploring her teenage years as she heads off to the private school Nevermore Academy, home to various supernatural beings that is also her parents’ alma mater. Upon arrival, Wednesday begins to realize she has inherited her mother’s psychic abilities and puts them to use to save the town and her classmates from a murderous creature. Ortega and Wednesday have scored largely favorable reviews, with many taking note in particular of her unhinged dance scene during the Rave’N Dance, though the actor at the center of it doesn’t have a glowing review for the moment.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jenna Ortega reflected on her Wednesday dance scene and how it started a viral trend of recreations and parodies.
The star revealed that she actually has some regrets about her viral dance moves in the Tim Burton-produced series, noting how she stays awake at night thinking how she could’ve done them differently. Ortega did, however, go on to share her appreciation for the love shown for the sequence and shock at its popularity. See what Ortega said below:
No, even that, I still can’t believe. Some of the moves I had planned, some of it was improved. That was one of the scenes that I stay awake at night thinking about. There was so much I could have done and should have done. So, the fact that anyone has shown any appreciation or even tried it themselves is unfathomable to me.
Why Wednesday’s Dance Was So Popular
Much like her first sole smile seen with Uncle Fester’s arrival, Wednesday’s viral dance in season 1 became a widespread phenomenon for showing a new side to the typically morose character. Though not brimming with joy as with her uncle’s visit, the Rave’N Dance saw Ortega’s Addams daughter fully let loose by embracing the music and showing off some eccentric moves for Tyler, one of the few locals who she feels worthy of letting her guard down for. Ultimately, while her dance movies gained her some respect with her classmates, namely Joy Sunday’s Bianca, Tyler ultimately proved to be the Hyde behind the local murders, breaking Wednesday’s heart as he even tried to kill her.
Interestingly, the viral Wednesday dance scene was nearly very different as the original plan saw Ortega’s titular character partaking in a flash mob. Thankfully for those who fell in love with the scene, Burton and Ortega saw the flaw in said plan, feeling it would be out of character for Wednesday to be “dancing and encouraging a bunch of people.” Ortega would go on to choreograph much of the viral Wednesday dance scene herself, which even became popular enough to be recreated by Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva during a recent competition.
What We Know About Wednesday’s Future
Even outside of the Wednesday dance scene going viral, the show proved to be a massive hit for Netflix upon its premiere, clearing a number of viewership records set by the streamer’s other major title, Stranger Things, bringing in over 1 billion viewing hours within three weeks of its release. Thanks to this success, Wednesday season 2 was finally confirmed earlier this month, with rumors swirling of spinoffs centered on other Addams Family members, though with Amazon now owning Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio that owns the Addams Family IP, it seems likely Netflix will stick to the main series for the time being to avoid further licensing fees. While no timeline has been given on Wednesday season 2’s release or production cycle, creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar confirmed development on the next chapter ahead of the show’s December premiere, creating the possibility for a 2024 return.