Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega has opened up about the intense schedule required for the Netflix series, which included learning fencing and the cello.

In a recent Netflix Q&A (via Variety), Ortega said that the shooting schedule combined with the cello and fencing classes she undertook to properly portray Wednesday Addams almost left her at breaking point.

“It was show up to set two hours early, do that 12- to 14-hour day, then go home and then get on a Zoom and have whatever lesson that I had,” Ortega said.

“Or show up to my apartment, [and] my cello teacher was already waiting for me. It was just constantly going, and if you could on a weekend, if we weren’t shooting the sixth day that week, it was, ‘All right, well then, we’ll get your lessons in on that day.'”

In particular, one of the most challenging components of the filming schedule was learning to play the Rolling Stones hit ‘Paint It Black’ on the cello by herself — a piece that is usually meant for two cello players.

“I did not get any sleep. I pulled my hair out. There’s so many FaceTime calls that my dad answered of me hysterically crying,” Ortega said.

Ortega may have to prepare herself for a second round of intense scheduling after the news that Wednesday has been renewed by Netflix for a second season, which is hardly surprising given the enormous viewing figures and positive reviews Wednesday raked in.

Speaking at the time of renewal, Ortega tweeted: “Thanks to everyone who made this upcoming season possible. This has all been pretty surreal.”

Wednesday streams on Netflix – season 2 has been confirmed.


By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.