Jenna Ortega Goes Into Detail on Why She Put Her "Foot Down" on 'Wednesday' Set
Admitting she “made it clear that everything that I had to say mattered and was heard.”
Ortega, who will also serve as producer for Season 2 of the hit series, revealed she’s had bad experiences where she felt as though her “voice wasn’t heard.”
She explained, “I’ve been told on sets, ‘You wouldn’t know because you’re not a writer,’ or ‘Just shut up and do your job.’ From 12 years old, I’ve been hearing things like that. So, I went into Wednesday with a really big hesitance. But I was fortunate to be working with someone like Tim Burton, who pulled me in his trailer one day and said that he wanted to be a soundboard for my voice. So, every day, me, him, the writers, we’d get together in the morning and go through sides. But also being younger, being a woman, being of smaller stature …”
She added, “But I think that because I’m someone who is very opinionated or because I know what it’s like to be a people pleaser in this industry, and I know how unhappy or how frustrating it’s been in the past. When I went into Wednesday, I really put my foot down and made it clear that everything that I had to say mattered and was heard. And as the show went on, we all got a better feel for one another and it’s become a really collaborative experience, and I feel really lucky to be able to be in the room early next season and be talking about scripts and giving notes.”
Stay tuned for more news on Wednesday.