Netflix Star Jenna Ortega Says She Used To Perform ‘Autopsies’ On ‘Little Animals’

Jenna Ortega says she used to perform ‘autopsies’ on ‘little animals’ in an interview about the new Netflix series, Wednesday.
Credit: Netflix & @jennaortega/Instagram

Netflix star Jenna Ortega says she used to perform ‘autopsies’ on ‘little animals’. 

Ortega, 20, stars as the main character in the Addams Family spinoff Wednesday, which landed on the streaming service on November 23.

The actress has already established herself as a must-watch in the horror genre, with widely praised performances in this year’s Scream film and X.

But her latest confession while promoting her new series sounds like something out of a scary movie.

Watch the official Netflix trailer for Wednesday below…

Ortega admitted she’s often drawn to the ‘spookier’ things in life.

She told The Face: “I love things that are a bit off-putting, things when the closer you look, really aren’t that pretty.

“I love things that are disturbing.”

When asked why she prefers working on series and films with darker scripts, Ortega admitted that it just feels ‘natural’ to do so.

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“I think we find each other,” she said. “There’s some invisible string that’s connected to serial killers, monster creatures and myself.

“No matter where I go.”

She added: “I feel like it’s something that’s always been attractive to me since I was younger, something I was always into.”

Ortega also told Wired that she ‘used to perform autopsies on little animals’ when she was younger.

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Jenna Ortega says she used to perform ‘autopsies’ on ‘little animals’ in an interview promoting the new Netflix series, Wednesday. Credit: Netflix

While she didn’t go into detail, she did confirm that the animals she used were already dead.

She clarified: “Like, little lizards that I found that were dead in my backyard.”

Frankly, it sounds as though the casting of Ortega as the sadistic Wednesday Addams is something of a match made in heaven.

One concerned fan wrote on Twitter: “Jenna Ortega used to do autopsies on lizards?

“Girl? Are you okay?”

Another said: “Jenna Ortega talking about the ‘autopsies’ she did on animals she found is so gross and disturbing.

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“It’s not quirky and different, it’s awful and concerning.”

A third wrote: “When I photograph dead butterflies, I’m weird.

“But when Jenna Ortega talks about how she did autopsies on lizards as a child she’s a creepy queen. I see how it is.”

“We all know most psychopaths started out with animal autopsies when they were younger,” said another.


Some fans defended her, though, with one fan writing: “I’ll defend Jenna Ortega, even when she’s weird, because y’all are actually doing too much by comparing her to Jeffrey Dahmer… gross!”

Taking part in a challenge as part of the same interview, during which celebrities answer questions that fans have googled about them, Ortega discussed her close friendship with Maddie Ziegler.

Ortega and Ziegler starred alongside each other in the 2021 drama movie, The Fallout.

After a question that asked if the pair were friends, Ortega said: “The answer is yes.

“She’s one of my greatest friends ever. She was somebody that I instantly clicked with.”

That makes sense, too, as she said that their bond is so strong because they’re both ‘weird’.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.