Jenna Ortega, the 20-year-old actress who plays the protagonist in the Netflix series ‘Wednesday’, recently deleted her Twitter account after being criticized for admitting that she changed some lines of her script in the series, this caused a controversy among the writers of the series, some of whom were offended by Ortega’s comments.
Although some fans supported her, others did not hesitate to call for her retirement from acting. The actress has maintained her stance by stating that her changes in the script lines were necessary to give authenticity to her character
In the interview on the “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” podcast, Ortega explained that, in some cases, she changed script lines because they did not fit her character or because it did not make sense for her to interpret them the way they were written, the writers felt that she was being unprofessional and that she should not change the work they had done. However, others argued that actors have the right to bring their own vision to the characters they play.
The controversy surrounding Ortega is not limited to changes in script lines, during the interview, the actress also spoke about her friendship with Percy Hynes White, her co-star in ‘Wednesday’, who was accused of sexual assault this year. Although Ortega has defended her friend, some fans have criticized her for being associated with him, leading to speculations as to why she deleted her Twitter account.
Despite the criticism, some voices have defended Ortega. Michelle Dean, the co-writer of Hulu crime drama ‘The Act,’ has stated that it is not unusual for TV actors to change the script and that writers should be flexible and allow actors to bring their own ideas and perspectives to the table. She has also pointed out that the power dynamic on set, in which young actors take direction from male writers and directors, can be complicated and that actors sometimes need to make changes to make characters feel more authentic.
The controversy surrounding Jenna Ortega demonstrates the complexity of the creative process in television and the need to find a balance between the writer’s vision and the actor’s interpretation, and the actress’s decision to delete her Twitter account remains a mystery at the time of this writing.