DeKnight blasted on-set antics revealed by Ortega on Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert” — including admissions that the 20-year-old behaved in an “unprofessional” manner on the set of the Netflix show and changed lines that “did not make sense.”
Taking to Twitter, DeKnight wrote that he loves “talking with actors about their lines/stories,” but sometimes the stars “don’t have the full pictures (in TV) of where the story is going and why some lines are needed for the whole to make sense.”
Although he blamed, in part, her age for her actions, he also said she “should” be aware of how things work.
“She’s young, so maybe she doesn’t know any better (but she should),” he continued in a Twitter thread. “She should also ask herself how she would feel if the showrunners gave an interview and talked about how difficult she was and refused to perform the material.”
While he loves her work, he continued, life is “too short” to “deal with people” like her in the industry.
Following her criticism of the script for an upcoming film, Jenna Ortega, the star of “Wednesday,” was labeled “entitled and toxic” by a Hollywood producer. Steven S. DeKnight, who has worked on several series including “Daredevil” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” engaged in debates with other Twitter users, stating that Ortega’s actions were “extremely unprofessional.” He suggested that actors should communicate their concerns privately rather than publicly criticize the writing.
“In this business, it’s extremely bad form to throw your collaborators under a creative bus,” he declared.
The representatives of Jenna Ortega have been contacted by The Post for a comment.
During an appearance on a podcast hosted by 48-year-old Shepard last week, the “Wednesday” star revealed that she had taken a strong stance and almost crossed a line of unprofessionalism to protect her Addams Family character, whom she felt very attached to.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had to put my foot down more on a set in a way that I had to on ‘Wednesday,’” she said. “Everything that Wednesday does, everything I had to play, did not make sense for her character at all.”
She said that her character taking part in a “love triangle” had “made no sense,” and she repeatedly told writers, “No,” to plot points — even at times “changing lines” herself in the script.
“There were times on that set where I even became almost unprofessional in a sense, where I just started changing lines,” the “Scream VI” actress continued. “The script supervisor thought I was going with something and then I had to sit down with the writers, and they’d be like, ‘Wait, what happened to the scene?’ And I’d have to go and explain why I couldn’t go do certain things.”
She even went so far as to admit that she was dissatisfied most of the time with her performance.
There “was not a scene” during production where she “went home and was like, ‘OK, that should be fine,’” she confessed.
Despite her lack of confidence, the series became a huge success, quickly rising to become the streaming giant’s second-largest English-language show of all time, according to an article in The Post.
Within three weeks of its November 16 debut, “Wednesday” logged a remarkable 1.02 billion hours viewed, with over 150 million households tuning in.
Only “Squid Game” and “Stranger Things 4” had previously surpassed 1 billion hours in just 28 days. Jenna Ortega, the star of the show, revealed in an interview with Elle, where she was featured as the April 2023 cover star, that she was initially scared that she wouldn’t meet people’s expectations, and finds it “unbelievable” to receive compliments.
Despite receiving script changes and constructive criticism during filming, the producers of the show were still keen to work with Jenna Ortega again. In fact, she will be reprising her role as Wednesday in the second season and also taking on the role of executive producer.
Director Tim Burton had high praise for Ortega, stating that she embodied the character of Wednesday “in her soul”.
“You have to kind of ‘be’ Wednesday, and that’s what Jenna is,” Burton told Elle. “Whether she likes it or not, she’s got that in her soul, and as a person.”