Speaking to Golden Globe nominee Elle Fanning during the latest issue of Variety’s Actors About ActorsActress Jenna Ortega spoke about what to expect Wednesday season 2.
Ortega confirmed that she will be the producer for the next installment.
“A character like Wednesday, who’s so popular and such a legend, I just didn’t want to take her the wrong way. So I’m trying to have as many conversations as possible,” Ortega shared. “On set we all got together with the writers and Tim (Burton) and decided, ‘Okay, what’s working and what’s not?’ Of course it was very cooperative. So in preparation for a second season, we wanted to get ahead of the game and make sure we can start talks sooner,” she continued. “And I’m just so curious. I want to see the outfits, the new characters, and the scripts, and they were kind enough to put me in the role of producer.”
Ortega also revealed that Wednesday will not have a love interest in season two. The sequel will have a darker tone, similar to the older episodes.
“We decided we wanted to focus a little bit more on the horror aspect of the show,” the star said. “Because it’s so light-hearted and a show like this with vampires, werewolves and superpowers, you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously. We’re forgoing any romantic love interest for Wednesday, which is really great.”
In Season 1, the Addams Family title character was involved in a love triangle between Hunter Doohan’s Tyler and Percy Hynes White’s Xavier. Ortega wasn’t a fan of the storyline and felt it was too out of character for Wednesday.
Who is the cast of Wednesday?
Wednesday is a coming-of-age supernatural comedy starring Jenna Ortega (Yes Day), Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Victor Dorobantu as Thing, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams and George Burcea as amphibian Executive Producer and Director is Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride), his debut as a television director.
Season 1 also stars Gwendoline Christie, Emma Myers, Hunter Doohan, Joy Sunday, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer and Percy Hynes White. It also starred Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill. Ricci played the famous role of Wednesday Addams in the early ’90s.
“The series chronicles the titular heroine’s years as a student at the quirky Nevermore Academy as she tries to master her nascent psychic abilities,” the synopsis reads her parents 25 years ago — all as they grapple with their new and very confused relationships within the strange and diverse student body.”
Following Wednesday’s collaboration, Ortega is once again teaming up with Burton in the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel, in which she will play the daughter of Winona Ryder’s Lydia. The highly anticipated project is currently underway.