*Snaps twice* Jenna Ortega is joining the Addams Family universe as Wednesday Addams for the Netflix series Wednesday.

“To step into the shoes of somebody who’s a bit more eccentric and frightening has been really exciting for me, and definitely a challenge — especially with such a beloved character, I really want to take care of her and do her justice,” the former Disney Channel star told The Hollywood Reporter in January 2022 of the role, nothing that fans have “never” seen this version of the character before. “I’ve never felt so much pressure on a job, and I’m trying to keep my cool.”

Jenna was announced as the show’s star in May 2021. At the time, Deadline reported that the show would be directed by Tim Burton of Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas fame. Jenna, for her part, reacted to the news with an Instagram post. “New chapter. Hope I can do Wednesday Addams justice,” she wrote alongside a selfie with the show’s script.

Production on the show kicked off in September 2021 in Romania and Jenna underwent, what she called, “the most physical transformation I’ve ever done.”

She told THR: “I cut my hair, and it’s black, and mannerism-wise, speaking cadence-wise, expression-wise, I’m trying to pull from a different toolbox this time around. I think it’s a surprise to the audience, but myself as well.”

Ahead of the show’s casting news, the Stuck in the Middle alum told Cosmopolitan in April 2021 that she started to focus on more “passion projects” following her Disney Channel days.

“I do want to do projects that challenge me a little bit more and put me in situations that I may not necessarily be able to initially relate to, just to push myself and see what I can do,” Jenna shared at the time.

This reimagined version of The Addams Family character will be an eight-episode supernatural mystery series that follows Wednesday’s time attending Nevermore Academy as she masters her psychic ability. At the same time, she’s investigating a mysterious killing spree that has reemerged after 25 years. Fans got a first look at the series in June 2022.

“I think it’s the scariest role I’ve ever done because I’ve never played such a character before,” Jenna told NYLON in January 2022. “She’s iconic and extremely cherished and valuable in the horror community. I really, really want to do her justice, but I also want her to be something new.”

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