Wednesday's Jenna Ortega Reveals Why We Only See Her Character Cry Once

Wednesday Addams isn't exactly fond of showing her feelings—so when she does, you know it matters. Watch Wednesday's Jenna Ortega explain why a certain moment hit her hard.

By Daniel Trainor Dec 22, 2022 2:51 AMTags
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Wednesday Addams will never be accused of wearing her emotions on her sleeve.

The broody, macabre teen at the center of Netflix's Wednesday can turn you to stone with one of her death stares, but very rarely does she turn on the waterworks.

In fact, it only happened once in all of season one: After Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) rushed Thing to be saved by Uncle Fester (Fred Armisen) after the disembodied hand was found stabbed to Wednesday's Nevermore Academy dorm room wall.

"It's also a really important moment for Wednesday," Jenna said on Still Watching Netflix Dec. 20. "I think it's the only time we really see her cry."

Indeed, Wednesday is seen wiping away tears after Fester manages to magically save Thing's life. As Jenna explained, seeing Wednesday get emotional elevated the scene to another, very impactful level.

"I'm glad it was over him, though," Jenna said about her tears. "I don't think it would have made sense over anything else."

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Joy Sunday, who plays fellow Nevermore Academy student Bianca Barclay, echoed a similar sentiment about the scene, saying, "This is the first time you get to see Wednesday really being frantic, so you could tell she really cares about Thing, which is sweet."

There's nothing like the love between a girl and her sentient five-fingered bestie.

As it turns out, Thing manages to look so lifelike on the show because he's actually a hand! Hand actor and performer Victor Dorobantu plays Thing on Wednesday, serving an integral role in the affecting scene.

"That was Victor," Jenna explained, "a blue man under the table."

The first season of Wednesday is available to stream on Netflix.

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