‘Wednesday’ Gets Backlash After Jenna Ortega Says She Shot Crowded Scene With COVID

That is all collectively icky.

Evidently taking sick days wasn’t the norm on the set of Netflix’s “Wednesday,” as actor Jenna Ortega has revealed that she filmed a scene with others regardless of having COVID-19 signs. The information, originating from an NME interview with Ortega in November, is now selecting up steam on-line because of latest backlash.

The concept of Ortega doubtlessly being a superspreader first happened when the music journal talked about a viral second from the teenager drama, by which the character Wednesday (Ortega) does a kooky dance round a bunch of extras.

Her jerky jive quickly turned successful on TikTok, and customers started imitating it on the platform.

“I choreographed that myself!” Ortega instructed NME final month. “It’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID so it was awful to film.”

After her interviewer expressed some shock over the comment, she continued: “Yeah, I woke up and … 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 esophagus. They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.”

Ortega attends the world premiere of Netflix’s “Wednesday” in November.

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NME notes that MGM, the manufacturing firm behind “Wednesday,” instructed the journal that “strict COVID protocols were followed and once the positive test was confirmed production removed Jenna from set.”

It’s unclear if the choice to proceed filming got here instantly from Ortega or on the behest of others. However the truth that she doubtlessly uncovered her colleagues to the sickness has sparked conversations in regards to the movie trade and hustle tradition — a sort of “performative workaholism,” as The New York Instances as soon as put it, by which working arduous for a lot of hours is seen as a metric for fulfillment.

On Twitter, folks reacted to the information with bewilderment, concern and outrage.

“Jenna Ortega proudly talking about how she had covid while filming the dance scene is seriously not the flex she thought it was,” wrote one user.

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