Jenna Ortega reacted to “You” showrunner Sera Gamble recently revealing that the actor was supposed to return for season four but couldn’t due to scheduling conflicts with “Wednesday.”
“I was devastated,” Ortega told Entertainment Tonight while at the SAG Awards on Sunday evening, where she was nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for her starring role as Wednesday Addams on “Wednesday.”
Ortega, whose success and popularity have grown significantly since “Wednesday” was released on Netflix in November, said that she did her best to reprise her role as Ellie Alvarez on season four of “You,” but it was out of her control.
“Love her,” Ortega said of Gamble. “Easily one of my favorite sets that I’ve ever, ever been on. I was so devastated when they reached out because I miss Ellie and I had been wanting to go back to Ellie for such a long time but I was in Romania shooting ‘Wednesday.'”
The “Scream” star added that, in addition to her obligation to “Wednesday,” logistical concerns related to the pandemic prevented her from returning to “You.”
“I couldn’t travel back and forth with the pandemic and everything like that and when you’re committed to a show, there was just no way that it could have worked out,” Ortega said. “But that one bummed me out.”
“I tried,” she added.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 27, 2023
“You,” starring Penn Badgley, returned for season four on February 9, with the second half set for release on March 9. This time around, Badgley’s Joe Goldberg has left America behind for Europe, specifically England, where he assumes yet another identity — Jonathan Moore — and works as a literature professor at a university.
Although Ortega isn’t part of the latest season, her character’s name comes up minutes into the season four premiere, when Joe provokes a heated discussion among his students about a novel they’re reading.
In Joe’s voiceover, he says: “Most of my professor tricks are one trick I picked up spending time with a girl named Ellie. Wind them up, let them go. Teenagers will argue both sides for you.”