LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 16: Jenna Ortega attends the World Premiere Of Netflix's "Wednesday" at Hollywood Legion Theater on November 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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Jenna Ortega's Best Moments As Wednesday Addams
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "Wednesday."
Dance 'till you die
The last moment on our list is when Wednesday performs her now-viral dance, which Jenna Ortega choreographed and which incorporates inspirations from a variety of musicians. This scene shows how dedicated she is to her characters, and Wednesday's dancing is mesmerizing and ooky in all the best ways.
Paint it black
In episode 1, Wednesday plays The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black,” where the driving beat is mimicked through Ortega's sharp, thumping bow. As she plays, the camera pans around Nevermore Academy to capture its essence and outcasts, perfectly representing her inner thoughts.
Thing is stabbed
After meeting for a romantic rendezvous with Tyler, Wednesday discovers Thing has been stabbed, and takes Thing to Uncle Fester. Ortega displays such potent vulnerability, among the show's quieter moments, such as this entire scene, allowing her to shine as an actor.
Challenge accepted
To the surprise of no one, Ortega took fencing lessons two days a week — and it shows. When Wednesday and Bianca duel without helmets and with no tips on the end of their foils, Wednesday merely receives a scratch, and only a little blood oozes down her brow.
Standout delivery
Wednesday requires a unique line delivery to make the humor work, and Ortega leans into cold readings of her lines, peppering in just enough emotion. When a scene calls for it, she allows bursts of color to break out, which makes her flawlessly excel in her line delivery overall.