Wednesday producer calls Jenna Ortega toxic

Published : 20 Mar 2023 09:22 PM | Updated : 20 Mar 2023 09:23 PM

Shortly after its release, Wednesday went viral. Together with excellent acting and intriguing plot, the Jenna Ortega-led programme received praise for its dramatic cinematography and trending dance moves.

The lead actress has received harsh criticism from producer Steven DeKnight, who even described her as "difficult" to deal with, despite the fact that fans are really excited for the sequel.

On March 6, Jenna made her debut on the Armchair Expert Podcast. She described the development of her character and acknowledged that the script-writing needed improvement. 

The actress continued by saying that she occasionally had the freedom to alter her lines and even say "no" to plot issues.

Steven DeKnight seemed to take offence to this since he called her out for disclosing her artistic differences in public. The Wednesday producer ultimately cited Jenna's age for what he considers an "immature" action, branding her poisonous and unprofessional in the process.

Steven DeKnight reacted, “She’s (Jenna Ortega) young, so may be doesn’t know any better (but she should.) She should also ask herself how she would feel if the showrunners gave an interview and talked about how difficult she was and refused to perform the material.”

He added, “This kind of statement is beyond entitled and toxic. I love her work but life’s too short to deal with people like this in this business.”

On Twitter, critics have been attacking Steven in the meanwhile, and he is aggressively responding.

For the unversed Jenna said in a recent episode of the Armchair Expert podcast,  "When I first signed onto the show, I didn’t have all the scripts. I thought it was going to be a lot darker. It wasn’t, I didn’t know what the tone was, or what the score would sound like."

She added, "Everything that Wednesday does, everything I had to play, did not make sense for her character at all. Her being in a love triangle? It made no sense. There was a line about a dress she has to wear for a school dance and she says, ‘Oh my god I love it. Ugh, I can’t believe I said that. I literally hate myself.’ I had to go, ‘No.’ 

There were times on that set where I even became almost unprofessional in the sense where I just started changing lines. The script supervisor thought I was going with something and then I had to sit down with the writers, and they’d be like, ‘Wait, what happened to the scene?’ And I’d have to go and explain why I couldn’t go do certain things."