Filmmaker Says That Jenna Ortega, Who Stars in ‘Wednesday,’ is ‘Toxic’ and ‘Entitled’

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Jenna Ortega is taking Hollywood by storm. There’s no denying that. She’s become a household name since her participation in the ever-popular Netflix series, Wednesday, which is a nod to the Addams Family. 

Ortega, who plays Wednesday Addams, drew people so much with her character that it pushed the supernatural series to break records. In fact, it was streamed 341.23 million hours during its debut week. Netflix reported that it had also been watched in about 50 million households. Wednesday single-handedly dismantled records previously held by Stranger Things 4. Due to its success, Ortega gained millions of followers after Wednesday was released.  

Shortly after, Wednesday Addams’ dance, which the Latina actress created, also went viral on TikTok. The trend to recreate her dance was performed millions of times by various users on the app. Since then, Ortega has appeared on SNL, captivated people with her red-carpet looks, and continues to enchant people with how relatable she seems to be. 

Not everyone is a Jenna Ortega fan

However, not everyone is amused by everything Jenna Ortega does. Steven S. DeKnight is one of those people who seemingly doesn’t understand the hype around Ortega. Or at least he’s not a fan of some of her actions. DeKnight is a filmmaker from the United States for his work in Spartacus, Daredevil, Pacific Rim Uprising, Buffy, Angel, and Smallville, to name a few.  

He recently replied to a tweet that scolded Ortega for taking it upon herself to rewrite scenes and things her character was originally meant to do. The tweet explained how Ortega should’ve gone to the writers first because the way she did it is not “how it works.” 

In response to the tweet, DeKnight tweeted the following in a thread: 

I love talking with actors about their lines/stories. But by the nature of the beast, they don’t have the full picture (in TV) of where the story is going and why some lines are needed for the whole to make sense,” his first tweet read. 

“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,” the filmmaker continued.  

“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.” 

Though he followed up the tweets by saying that he admires her work and performance, he stood by what he said.  

Of course, these tweets had polarizing effects. Some people flocked to his pages to challenge his position on Ortega, while others quoted his tweets to agree with him.  

Is this a lesson for Ortega or do you think DeKnight’s comments were out of line?  

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