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Jenna Ortega had Covid-19 during Wednesday dance scene

Jenna Ortega is quickly becoming more popular since taking on the role of Wednesday Addams for the hit Netflix show.

While many praised the young actress’ performance, controversial reports emerged, turning people against her.

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Jenna Ortega is one of the most promising young talents in modern Hollywood.

Since taking on the role on Wednesday, she has appeared on all corners of the internet.

However, one scene from the Netflix show, in particular, stands out.

The star’s eerie dance moves started a trend for people to emulate the gothic icon.

However, the scene is now at the center of criticism and controversy.

In a recent interview with NME, Jenna Ortega confessed that the scene was filmed while she was waiting for a Covid-19 test result.

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In the NME interview, Ortega shared that she received the song (Goo Goo Muck by The Cramps) a week before filming began, which gave her time to get used to it.

She had to film the scene of her first day with Covid.

Jenna Ortega said she was still waiting for confirmation when her health was rapidly deteriorating.

That morning she had pain and a sore throat.

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

She continued: “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 esophagus.” 

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

Studio reaction

Although alarming, production company MGM emailed NME to elaborate on what happened.

MGM said it was careful to follow strict protocols.

After her test was confirmed positive, production pulled Jenna Ortega from the set.

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People had mixed feelings about the news.

Meanwhile, Twitter was vocal about what happened, with some criticizing Ortega and others defending her.

“I love Jenna but why would she expose herself and the director like this, r [sic] we supposed to applaud them for this wtf,” one user said.

Another chimed in, saying, “That’s not the flex they think it is.”

“I love this show and loved this scene but she should’ve been at home recovering and not potentially spreading Covid,” a third wrote.

Despite the terrible news, Jenna Ortega fans defended the young actress.

“Idk why y’all blaming Jenna when you shouldn’t making [sic] someone work if they’re that sick,” a fan wrote.

Another blamed the production team instead of Jenna Ortega, writing:.

“I don’t see how it’s her fault and not on Netflix’s production team that they decided to keep filming while waiting for results when she clearly spoke up about it and had clear Covid symptoms and likely she couldn’t leave to a contract.”


Jenna Ortega slammed after revealing she filmed iconic dance scene while having Covid-19