Jenna Ortega Reveals The Bizarre Audition She Gave To Tim Burton

Jenna Ortega reveals she was covered in blood from X when she met with Tim Burton about auditioning for Wednesday.

By James Brizuela | Published

Jenna Ortega is starring in the new Tim Burton series, Wednesday, which focuses on the popular daughter from the Addams Family franchise. Ortega has already been turning heads in the role, as she showed up to the official premiere in a slit gothic bridal gown, effectively cementing herself as the macabre queen. Now, she reveals how she wowed Burton enough to cast her in the lead role, as she stated, “I met Tim Burton for my Wednesday audition, I had just done [my death scene in X] so I had stage blood and glycerin sweat in my hair, and a massive cut on my face, and had been up for over 24 hours.”

Jenna Ortega also added as soon as she joined the Zoom call with Tim Burton and he saw the blood on her it made a good impression as she stated, “I got on the Zoom and he actually laughed. It made me laugh. I thought it was endearing.”

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We would imagine that it wouldn’t be easy to impress such a director as Burton, and Jenna Ortega was able to make Tim Burton laugh and had the right look and temperament to ensure she was cast as Wednesday Addams. From the already-released trailers, Ortega fits the bill quite nicely, and her character is certainly a version of Wednesday that the world has not seen yet. As was expected, Burton has taken this creepy family and turned it into something much darker, as Wednesday is shown in the trailer defending her brother’s honor in quite a grisly manner.

Joining Jenna Ortega in this Tim Burton-led Wednesday series is Luis Guzman as Gomez, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Victor Dorobantu as Thing, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsly, Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester, George Burcea as Lurch, and Christina Ricci as the headmaster of Nevermore Academy, Marilyn Thornhill. The new series is set to be eight episodes long, with Burton directing four of the eight episodes. James Marshall and Gandja Monteiro will be handling directing duties for the final four episodes, with both directing two each.

Jenna Ortega clearly made a good impression on Tim Burton, as she has with the rest of the world, as she has become a huge horror figure. She starred in Scream 5 as Tara Carpenter, a role that she is also set to reprise for Scream 6. She also starred in X, the horror movie that saw her covered in blood then immediately took a Zoom call with Burton, which charmed her enough to land the lead role in Wednesday. We have never been on a job interview where we were covered in blood and still got the job, so Ortega could just be that good of an actor to have landed such a big role.

Fans can see Jenna Ortega in Tim Burton’s Wednesday series when it officially debuts on Netflix on November 23rd. Netflix has yet to renew the series past the first season so far, as they could be waiting to see what the audience reception is going to be, but we would imagine that Burton is going to bring to life a much darker and more accepted version of the Addams Family. We honestly can’t wait to see what other surprises await when the series drops in less than a week, and we hope to see Cousin It appearing in the show as well.