Jenna Ortega Slammed After Confessing She Had Covid While Filming Iconic Dance Scene


The Addams Family spinoff, starring (Ortega) as Wednesday Addams, has been a major sensation since it debuted on Netflix.

The comedy-horror is now the third-most watched English-language series ever on the streaming platform.

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Ortega’s outstanding dancing performance during her school’s “Rave’N Dance” is one of the show’s most recognisable moments. Even on TikTok, it has gained popularity as many followers have copied her moves.

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However, Ortega, 20, is already dealing with a wave of criticism when she acknowledged using Covid while filming the sequence.

In an NME interview, Ortega said that she first experienced the sickness’ symptoms the day of the filming.

She stated that they filmed the sequence while they awaited the results of her test.

The Wednesday star remembered how she choreographed the dance after disclosing:

“It’s crazy because it was my first day with Covid so it was awful to film.

“Yeah, I woke up and – it’s weird, I never get sick and when I do it’s not very bad – I had the body aches.

“I felt like I’d been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my oesophagus. 

“They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.”

Since the interview, a lot of people have vented their anger on social media at the 20-year-old actress and the cast and crew for allowing this to happen.

One person wrote: “Jenna Ortega having Covid on set and working unmasked around other unmasked performers is not a flex. 

“She should not be praised for ‘working while sick’. 

“The above-the-line crew could’ve possibly disabled or killed someone for their irresponsibility.”

Wednesday’s production firm, MGM, informed NME via email that “proper Covid regulations were adhered to.”

They further stated that Ortega was kicked from the set as soon as the test was positive.