Jenna Ortega Explains How Her Viral Wednesday Dance Came to Be

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Jenna Ortega has turned Wednesday Addams into a viral dancing queen.

Chances are, if you’re a fan oNetflix’s new Addams Family spinoff series Wednesday, your social media algorithm has showered you with TikTok videos of kids and adults performing an intense dance that the actress’ character, Wednesday Addams, showcased on the show. On the Dec. 16 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ortega discussed how her now-viral dance came to be.

“Initially, they wanted a flash mob, but I thought, no, there’s no way Wednesday would be cool with dancing and encouraging a bunch of people,” the actress said. “The director, Tim Burton, and I talked about it a little bit, and he said, ‘Yeah, let’s not do a circle. Let’s have it be her own thing.'”

The 20-year-old continued, “A week before we shot the dance, he chose the [1981] song ‘Goo Goo Muck’ by The Cramps. And The Cramps is one of my favorite bands ever, so I was super excited, super pumped.”

Ortega told Jimmy Fallon she wanted to choreograph the dance herself. “[Burton] was like, ‘I know you’ve got it. You’ve been working on it. I’m not even worried about it. I trust you.’ And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, you know, it’s all so good.'”


There was just one small problem. “I had not gone over it at all,” the actress said, adding, “Oh, my God. I was kicking myself. I felt like such a fool. I’m not a dancer. I don’t do any of that. I have no experience in that field. I didn’t sleep for two days.”

Ortega said to prepare for the dance, she watched videos of ’70s rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees and rock singers Lene Lovich and Nina Hagen, “archival footage of goth kids dancing in clubs in the ’80s” and of French actor Denis Lavant in the 1999 film Beau Travail.

With her dance, the actress also paid tribute to Lisa Loring, who, at age 6, originated the onscreen role of Wednesday Addams in the ’60s comedy series The Addams Family. “I did a little bit of her shuffle that she does,” Ortega said. “And, of course, they cut out of camera when I did do it, but it’s there, I know it is.”

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Ortega said Netflix officials told her that her dance was “gonna be a thing on TikTok.” She added, “And then they were right.”

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