TV shows may come together on screen, but sometimes there’s a lot of drama going on behind the scenes that we know nothing about. That seems to be the case with the “Wednesday” crew and star Jenna Ortega. Showrunner Steven DeKnight called the actress out this week, accusing her of “sh***ing” on the Netflix series’ writers and producers.
So, what happened? Apparently, the comments DeKnight is referring to were said during Ortega’s recent interview on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. At one point, Ortega said she changed part of the “Wednesday” script because it “did not make sense.” She also said that she changed the dialogue without even telling the writers and that she wished the show would have been much darker.
However, she softened when she learned that “Wednesday” was going to be aimed at a younger audience, saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever had to put my foot down more on a set in a way that I had to on Wednesday … There was a line about a dress she has to wear for a school dance and she says, ‘Oh my god I love it. Ugh, I can’t believe I said that. I literally hate myself.’ I had to go, ‘No.'”
Steven DeKnight thinks Jenna Ortega should watch her mouth
The actress has never clarified or addressed those comments, nor has any of the “Wednesday” team spoken out. However, Steven DeKnight has plenty to say to Jenna Ortega. After a fan tagged him and commented that it may have been a misunderstanding, DeKnight responded.
“Doubtful since she clearly sh*t on the showrunners/writers publicly,” he tweeted.
In another thread, he further clarified the comments, saying Ortega should have thought more carefully about what she was saying.
“She’s young, so maybe she doesn’t know any better (but she should). She should also ask herself how she would feel if the showrunners gave an interview and talked about how difficult she was and refused to perform the material,” he wrote. Of course, DeKnight doesn’t work on “Wednesday,” but his comments about the relationship between cast and crew still stand.
Well, that’s going to be awkward when “Wednesday” Season 2 starts filming.
This kind of statement is beyond entitled and toxic. I love her work, but life’s too short to deal with people like this in the business.
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) March 7, 2023