Jenna Ortega faces backlash after exposing crew to Covid when filming iconic ‘Wednesday’ Netflix dance scene

Jenna Ortega is facing backlash for filming Netflix series ‘Wednesday’ while awaiting positive Coronavirus test

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Jenna Ortega was Covid positive when filming for the Netflix show 'Wednesday' (Photo: Getty Images for Netflix)Jenna Ortega was Covid positive when filming for the Netflix show 'Wednesday' (Photo: Getty Images for Netflix)
Jenna Ortega was Covid positive when filming for the Netflix show 'Wednesday' (Photo: Getty Images for Netflix)

Jenna Ortega revealed she tested positive for Covid-19 while she filmed the iconic ‘Wednesday’ dance sequence.

The Netflix actress shot the dance scene in episode four of the Addams Family series, which she had choreographed herself, as she awaited her subsequently positive Covid test results after waking up feeling unwell.

Jenna, who also may be recognised from Netflix’s psychological thriller series ‘You’, woke up with body aches and a sore throat signalling Covid symptoms.

She said: “I felt like I’d been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat…they were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.

Wednesday dances for Hunter Doohan's character in the Tim Burton Netflix series (Photo: Cioplea/Netflix)Wednesday dances for Hunter Doohan's character in the Tim Burton Netflix series (Photo: Cioplea/Netflix)
Wednesday dances for Hunter Doohan's character in the Tim Burton Netflix series (Photo: Cioplea/Netflix)

The 20-year-old added that once she got better, she wanted to re-film the whole scene: “It’s crazy because it was my first day with Covid so it was awful to film… I think I probably could have done it a bit better.”

Despite the dance sequence from the Tim Burton programme causing a storm on the internet, with Lady Gaga giving Jenna Ortega a shout out and the hashtag Wednesday dance receiving over 500 million uses, the young actress is facing backlash for exposing the staff to the virus.

As the test results came back positive, the production company MGM said that they followed protocols and removed Jenna from the set but fans criticised both the Wednesday star and the directors for continuing filming while expecting a result.

One said: “It is dangerous, unethical and extremely selfish, both on her part and on the part of the directors and producers.”

While another comment stated: “There’s absolutely no positive way to spin an actress knowingly exposing hundreds of cast members and crew to Covid.”

A viewer continued to question why the debacle was being viewed as a ‘perversing through hardship moment’ as opposed to Jenna not being sent home.