Jenna Ortega Slammed After Admitting She Had Covid While Filming Iconic Dance Scene

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Jenna Ortega has been slammed after admitting she had Covid-19 while filming Wednesday’s iconic dance scene.

Wednesday Addams (Ortega) is the main character of the Addam’s Family spinoff and since its arrival on Netflix, it’s been a huge hit.

The comedy horror has become the streaming service’s third most popular English-speaking series of all time.

One of the show’s most iconic scenes involves Ortega’s impressive dance routine at her school’s ‘Rave’N Dance’. It’s even gone viral on TikTok, with many fans copying her moves.

However, Ortega, 20, is now facing a wave of backlash after admitting she had Covid while shooting the scene.

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Ortega admitted that she started suffering from the symptoms of the illness on the day of shooting in an interview with NME.

She added that they shot the scene while awaiting her test results. 

After revealing that she had choreographed the dance herself, the Wednesday star recalled: “It’s crazy because it was my first day with Covid so it was awful to film.

“Yeah, I woke up and – it’s weird, I never get sick and when I do it’s not very bad – I had the body aches.

“I felt like I’d been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my oesophagus. 

“They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.”

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Since the interview, many fans have taken to social media and expressed their disappointment in the 20-year-old actress and crew that worked on the show for letting this happen. 

One person wrote: “Jenna Ortega having Covid on set and working unmasked around other unmasked performers is not a flex.

“She should not be praised for ‘working while sick’. 

“The above-the-line crew could’ve possibly disabled or killed someone for their irresponsibility.”

Another added: “Jenna Ortega filming a whole scene while waiting for her Covid test results AND with obvious symptoms isn’t ‘professional’, it’s just completely irresponsible.”

Wednesday dance scene.
Jenna Ortega is facing backlash after revealing she had Covid while filming Wednesday’s iconic dance scene. Credit: Netflix

“Jenna Ortega filming that dance scene while she had Covid is not impressive, it’s horrible. Absolute callous disregard for her co-workers,” commented a third person. 

While a fourth said: “Jenna Ortega proudly talking about how she had Covid while filming the dance scene is seriously not the flex she thought it was.”

“She should’ve been isolated – not made to keep working while feeling ill,” a fifth wrote. 

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“Forcing Jenna Ortega to keep working and spreading Covid around the set is so negligent of the producers and studio.”

MGM, the production company behind Wednesday, told NME via an email that ‘strict Covid protocols were followed’.

They added that Ortega was removed from the set once the test came back positive.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises 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.