Jenna Ortega’s portrayal of Wednesday Addams is a far cry from the original character


On November 23, viewers will see another manifestation of the mysterious Wednesday Addams. Trailer for the miniseries, entitled Wednesday and starring Jenna Ortega, promises the darkest version of the character yet, but fans may not know that Wednesday wasn’t always so macabre. Here’s how Wednesday has changed over the years.

The Addams Family was founded in ‘The New Yorker’

Wednesday Addams, her charmingly eccentric family, was the first to see the world in 1938’s edition of The New Yorker. While she didn’t have a name quite yet, she had a distinct style. The character wore black, long-sleeved button down dresses with a white collar. Her hair was styled in two long, braided locks.

Charles Addams, comic creator, named his family members in 1964 ahead of the TV adaptation. Wednesday Her name is derived from a nursery rhyme., “Wednesday’s child is full of woe,”From “Monday’s Child.” Even so, Wednesday wasn’t quite “full of woe”Just yet.

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Wednesday Addams was probably the youngest version of the character. At only 6 years old at the start of the show, the creators didn’t imbue her with her family’s same morbid humor. She was instead remarkably sweet-natured.

She was known for her eccentric tastes in pets. She owned a black widow spider called Homer and a lizard called Lucifer. Although she had a fascination with headless dolls, that was all she had to her morbid obsessions. She was otherwise normal and made her stand apart from her family.

1991 Reimagining of the Character

In the early ’90s, Wednesday got a bit of a makeover for Barry Sonnenfeld’s big screen adaptation. Her style stayed the same, but with Christina Ricci cast in the role, the character went from dipping her toes into her family’s dark eccentricities to taking a full-body plunge. In the film, Wednesday embodies the Addams family’s macabre personality, providing intermittent comic relief by putting her dangerous interests on display.

This is the Wednesday Addams version that people remember most. While other adaptations have attempted to recapture the charm Ricci gave the character, they’ve all failed miserably. However, Jenna Ortega’s version offers a promising deviation that both new audiences and lifetime fans should appreciate.

In WednesdayThis is what the public sees A new stage for a beloved character: teenagehood. “Wednesday is currently a teenager, and we’ve never seen her as a teenager before. Her snarky, snide remarks might not necessarily sound as charming when they’re coming from somebody who should probably know better than a 10-year-old girl. That was a balancing act,” Ortega told Deadline.

Cast and crew were determined to ensure that WednesdayThis is not a remake of the classic character, but an exploration of him. Ortega’s performance has already been praised by Tim Burton—the legendary director at the helm of the series—and Christina Ricci, who Will play an unidentified role in the show. Wednesday Addams has come a long way from her days as a comic character, and we can’t wait to see her in this brand new imagining.

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