People Are Only Just Realising Christina Ricci Played Wednesday Addams Before Jenna Ortega

People are only just realising that Christina Ricci played Wednesday Addams before Jenna Ortega.
Credit: Netflix

People are only just realising that Christina Ricci played Wednesday Addams before Jenna Ortega.

The hit Netflix series, titled Wednesday, follows a gothic teenager who embarks on the adventure of joining a new high school.

But as well as making new friends – and enemies – on the way, she also ends up investigating a murder spree.

Since Wednesday debuted on the streaming platform, it has been met with largely positive reviews, especially regarding Ortega’s performance. 

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Stephanie Archer, from Film Inquiry, wrote in her review: “Helmed by director Tim Burton and commanded to life by Jenna Ortega, Wednesday is a vital addition to the franchise of the Addams Family, proving the franchise is far from dead.”

While watching the series, many fans were left delighted when they realised that Ricci, who played the character in the 1991 classic film The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values, makes a surprise appearance. 

However, some admitted that despite Ricci looking pretty recognisable, it took them a while to catch on.

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One person shared on social media: “I just found out that the redhead teacher in Wednesday is literally played by Christina Ricci aka HER???”

Another fan added: “Just realised Christina Ricci is in Wednesday Netflix and she played Wednesday when she was younger. I love this.”

“I don’t think a lot of people know this but Christina Ricci who plays Ms Thornhill plays the original Wednesday Addams,” wrote a third person.

Jenna Ortega in Wednesday.
People are only just realising that Christina Ricci played Wednesday Addams before Jenna Ortega. Credit: Netflix

Someone else said: “Just finished Wednesday Netflix and realised that Christina Ricci played the original Wednesday in 1993.”

While others have said they loved watching the pair interact onscreen.

“Christina Ricci and Jenna Ortega interacting on #wednesdaynetflix. It’s the most epic interaction ever,” one tweeted.

Another added: “Jenna Ortega made me love the character even more. She killed it.

“And the fact they got Christina Ricci to be part of it? Too meta. I’ll be so looking forward to Season 2.”

Although Ricci has experience playing the iconic character, Ortega has admitted she didn’t seek any advice when it came to playing the iconic character. 

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In a chat with MTV News, the young actress said (via the Daily Express): “I think when she was on set, neither one of us said Wednesday once to each other.

“I don’t think she wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel like she was overbearing.

“And then I felt like I didn’t want to pull up something that she did 30 years ago, for one, the sake of my own benefit, but two, I didn’t want to rip her off.

“And I didn’t want to be too much like her.”

Wednesday is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.