After Wednesday star Jenna Ortega made some controversial comments about the writing on her Netflix show, Hollywood writers who want to get paid more fairly poked fun at her.
On Wednesday, Jenna Ortega said something about the quality of the writing and said that she changed some of her character’s lines.
Ortega said in the March episode of the podcast Armchair Expert, “There were times on that set where I almost became unprofessional in a sense, where I just started changing lines. The script supervisor thought that I was going with something, and then I would have to sit down with the writers, and they would be like, ‘Wait, what happened to this scene?’ And I would have to go through and explain why I couldn’t do certain things.”
The 20-year-old actress went on to say that she had to really stand her ground to get some changes made to the plot.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had to put my foot down on a set in the way that I had to on Wednesday. Everything that she did, everything that I had to play, did not make sense for her character at all. Her being in a love triangle made no sense. There was a line about a dress that she had to wear for a school dance, and she said, ‘Oh my God, I love it. I can’t believe I said that; I hate myself.’ And I had to go, ‘No.’”
After making such controversial comments, Ortega was put on a sign and became the topic of tweets by writers in the field. Nick Adams, who writes for BoJack Horseman, said on Twitter, “Jenna Ortega better be back from NY for her afternoon shift on the picket line.”
Next up was Karen Joseph Adcock, a writer for The Bear. She asked Jena Ortega to join the protest, saying, “Rewriting is writing! See you at the line, Jenna.”
On the other hand, Wednesday has been given a second season, and Ortega is one of the actors who could be nominated for an Emmy for best actress.
Hollywood writers and the Writers Guild of America are on strike to get better union contracts and pay as the industry moves toward streaming platforms.