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Jenna Ortega originally slated for You S4

Jenna OrtegaThis week marks the official premiere of the fourth season of Netflix’s You, which follows Joe Goldberg as he (again) assumes a new identity in London.

Since Joe (now Professor Jonathan Moore) left America to follow Tati Gabrielle’s Marienne, he has become involved in a “whodunit.”

Fans had been looking forward to Ellie Alves, a character who had appeared in prior seasons.

However, Penn Badgley will be the only former season character to return (because he is the main character).

Jenna Ortega was unable to return because of Wednesday’s filming, but Ellie’s return seemed certain.

The news

The Wednesday actress has recently established a name for herself in several films, including the viral Netflix series.

Jenna Ortega wants to return to Joe Goldberg’s story, according to Sera Gamble, the showrunner of You, who spoke with IndieWire for an interview.

“We wanted to bring Ellie back and we heard, ‘Oh, Jenna is doing some show,'” revealed Gamble.

“It’s been just such a pleasure to see Jenna this year. We have ideas for Ellie if her schedule allows her to visit us again.”


Jenna Ortega played Delilah Alves’ younger sister in You season two.

Delilah Alves was portrayed by Carmela Zumbado.

In 2018, Jenna Ortega was added to the cast.

She portrayed Ellie Alves, a would-be director from Los Angeles.

Ellie comes to know Joe better after his overzealousness secretly spares her from a sexual attack by Chris D’Elia Henderson, a well-known celebrity for whom she is doing an internship.

Joe advises the sister to leave Los Angeles and embark on a new life, informs her that Delilah won’t be coming back once she departs, and provides her money.

Joe admits that he continues to send Ellie money despite her absence throughout the third season.

One of the few characters to survive their bond is Ellie, who is portrayed by Ortega.

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A desire to return

In a Teen Vogue interview from the year 2019, Jenna Ortega expressed her desire to reprise the role of Ellie.

“It would be amazing to see Ellie come back and take control of her life,” said the Wednesday star.

“I want her to be an even bigger badass. I don’t want her to come back and be extremely vulnerable and sad.”

“We have to remember that even though people still find Joe somewhat charming, he’s evil, he does terrible things, and he gets away with them because of his gender and race and position in society,” Ortega continued.

“[Ellie] has so much potential and so much talent that she shouldn’t waste because of him.”

It’s unclear how Jenna Ortega would fit into the present plot given that Joe and his student Nadia, played by aspiring actress Amy-Leigh Hickman, have become close.

His connection with Ellie in his role as the elder sibling is uncannily similar to that of their teacher and pupil.

“To me, his relationship with Nadia is really telling,” said Sera Gamble. “He has such a soft spot that is truly altruistic.”

“He has really good boundaries with you people… except when he occasionally kills their abusive stepparents, but otherwise he’s a great mentor.”

What has Jenna Ortega been up to?

Since her involvement in You’s second season, Jenna Ortega has been working on a range of other projects.

She debuted in the 2020 Netflix sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen before making appearances in other horror movies.

In 2022, she had three horror movie appearances, garnering the moniker “scream queen.”

She also had appearances in Studio 666, which featured the rock band Foo Fighters, and X, the fifth Scream movie released last year.

Her best moment came on Wednesday on Netflix, without a question.

A goth icon

Jenna Ortega’s fame increased following Wednesday’s Netflix debut in the latter half of last year.

A young lady with psychic abilities who engages in several escapades at Nevermore Academy serves as the series’ goth symbol.

Between September 2021 and March 2022, there was filming, keeping Ortega away from You.

Wednesday, a well-liked TV show that often topped the ratings, was renewed for a second season.

Given that filming on the program hasn’t started yet, Jenna Ortega could be able to return for a future You appearance.

Jenna Ortega reveals having Covid-19 filming Wednesday

Jenna Ortega has been making waves since taking on the role of Wednesday Addams for the hit Netflix show.

While many praised the young actress’ performance, controversial reports emerged that turned people against her.

The news

Jenna Ortega is one of the brightest emerging talents in Hollywood today.

Since she took the role on Wednesday, her face has been all over the internet.

However, one scene from the Netflix show, in particular, stands out.

The star’s strange dance moves started a trend where people imitated the gothic icon.

However, the scene is now at the center of criticism and controversy.

In a recent interview with NME, Jenna Ortega confesses that the scene was filmed while she was waiting for a result of Covid-19.

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In the NME interview, Ortega shared that she received the song (The Cramps’ Goo Goo Much) a week before filming began, giving her time to get familiar with it.

She, therefore, had to film the scene of her first day with Covid.

Jenna Ortega said she was still waiting for confirmation as her health was rapidly declining.

That morning, she felt pain and a sore throat.

“I woke up and – it’s weird,” said the actress. “I never get sick, and when I do, it’s not very bad – I had the body aches.”

She continued: “I felt like I’d been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus.” 

“They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result.”

Studio reaction

Although alarming, the MGM production company emailed NME to clear things up.

MGM said it made sure to follow strict protocols.

After her test was confirmed positive, production pulled Jenna Ortega out.

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When the news broke, people had mixed feelings.

Meanwhile, Twitter was vocal.

“I love Jenna but why would she expose herself and the director like this, r [sic] we supposed to applaud them for this wtf,” one user said.

Another chimed in, saying, “That’s not the flex they think it is.”

“I love this show and loved this scene but she should’ve been at home recovering and not potentially spreading Covid,” a third wrote.

Despite the terrible news, Jenna Ortega fans came to her rescue.

“Idk why y’all blaming Jenna when you shouldn’t making [sic] someone work if they’re that sick,” a fan wrote.

Another blamed the production team instead of the actress in a lengthy tweet.

“I don’t see how it’s her fault and not on Netflix’s production team that they decided to keep filming while waiting for results when she clearly spoke up about it and had clear Covid symptoms and likely she couldn’t leave to a contract.”


Jenna Ortega slammed after revealing she filmed iconic dance scene while having Covid-19

Details on the upcoming Addams Family Netflix show, Wednesday

The Addams Family has been an entertainment staple since the 1960s and made waves with big budget films in the 1990s.

Recently, The Addams Family has regained popularity, with animated films being released in the last couple of years and a series coming to Netflix.

This time around,the Netflix series will revolve around Wednesday Addams.

The plot

Wednesday brings a mix of genres, including comedy, fantasy, horror, and mystery, billed as a coming-of-age series.

The eight-episode series follows Wednesday Addams through her student life at Nevermore Academy.

Netflix released an official synopsis which reads:

“Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”

The family & other cast

On Wednesday, Addams will be played by rising star Jenna Ortega, while Isaac Ordonez will play his brother Pugsley.

Ortega’s casting was announced in May 2021 when she posted a photo on Instagram with the pilot’s script.

It wasn’t until this year that photos of Ortega as Wednesday Addams emerged.

Catherine Zeta-Jones takes the helm as the iconic Morticia, alongside Luis Guzman as her devoted husband Gomez.

The cast includes Thora Birch, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Georgie Farmer, Moosa Mostafa, Emma Myers, Naomi J. Ogawa, Joy Sunday, Percy Hynes White and Gwendoline Christie.

Christina Ricci, the Wednesday Addams of the 1990 films, is also on board.

However, Deadline reports that she’ll be playing a new character on Wednesday, not “an older version.”

The trailer

Netflix released the full official trailer on Wednesday, August 17.

The two-minute trailer shows Wednesday moving through a color palette in the high school hallway.

The voiceover reveals how troublesome she was in school, saying, “Ms. Addams, you’ve certainly had a very interesting educational journey. Eight schools in five years.”

Wednesday goes to a private swim session by the pool, where she drops two bags with piranhas to attack a water polo team for bullying her brother.

“I did the world a favor,” she told her parents on Wednesday of her deportation.

“People like Dalton shouldn’t be allowed to procreate. Getting expelled was just a bonus.”

As a result of her actions, Morticia and Gomez send Wednesday to Nevermore Academy, where the parents first met.

“Finally, you will be among peers who understand you,” says Morticia. “Maybe you’ll even make some friends.”

Using clips from the academy, they give viewers a taste of what to expect – gothic school uniforms, spiders, cemeteries, ominous forests and a school dance.

“Little did I know I was stepping into a nightmare full of mystery, mayhem, and murder. I think I’m going to love it here,” smiled Wednesday.

The trailer ends with the legendary double take of the Addams Family from the theme music.


Wednesday is due out on Netflix in the fall.

While no specific date has been set, Rob Zombie, the writer, producer and director of the upcoming The Munsters reboot, shared that the two programs will be released concurrently.


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