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Wednesday Star Jenna Ortega Was Forced To Stop Being A Vegan After Taking Role

Wednesday star Jenna Ortega was forced to stop being a vegan after taking the role in the hit Netflix series.
Credit: Netflix

Wednesday star Jenna Ortega was forced to stop being a vegan after taking the lead role in the hit Netflix series.

The Addams Family spinoff series has been a huge success since debuting on the streaming service.

Although it was only released on November 23, Wednesday has already become Netflix’s third most popular English-speaking series of all time.

Following the comedy horror’s success, Ortega has spoken out and admitted that she had to make some major commitments when taking on the role.

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While many actors have been told to gain muscle mass or lose a shocking amount of weight, Ortega revealed that she had to give up veganism.

The 20-year-old said that she made the sacrifice when interviewed by Wired.

Ortega had to answer her most searched Google questions and one was ‘Is Jenna Ortega vegan?’.

The actress explained that the series was filmed in Romania, where a meat-heavy diet is followed.

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Ortega said: “I was vegan for a really long time.

“But I stopped being vegan when I went to Romania to shoot Wednesday actually because the food is very different there.

“And I don’t think that I was meeting my nutrient requirements so I started eating fish again.

“So I’m currently pescatarian.”

Many of the actress’ fans have taken to social media and praised Ortega for discussing the issue.

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One penned: “Jenna Ortega stopped being vegan in Romania because she couldn’t meet her nutritional requirements here.

“Thank you for acknowledging our struggle.”

“Could be done without fish but it’s the easiest way to fix the deficiency,” added another. 

“Glad she’s OK, deficiencies can be scary depending on what it was, and she was away from home.”

Jenna Ortega
Jenna Ortega has revealed that she had to give up veganism for her role as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday. Credit: Netflix

While a third said: “This is actually smart because your body needs different nutrients.”

One Romanian person pointed out: “Romanian here!!! And as I know, we’re pretty much ‘gourmet’ really.

“Like most of our traditional dishes are prepared based on meat so, being vegan in Romania is not impossible, but still really hard to achieve.”

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Although Ortega has previously followed a vegan diet, she recently caused a stir when she admitted that she would perform autopsies on animals when she was younger.

In the same Wired interview, the actress didn’t go into much detail about the examinations, but she did confirm that the animals were already dead.

Having previously starred in projects that have horror elements, the actress explained that she is attracted to the ‘spookier’ things in life.

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

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“I love things that are disturbing.”

This ‘love’ is what she believes draws her to films and TV shows that have horror elements or are about serial killers.

The Wednesday star continued: “I think we find each other.

“There’s some invisible string that’s connected to serial killers, monster creatures and myself.”

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.