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Jenna Ortega shares new look at iconic Addams Family character

One of the most anticipated horror events of the year is next Wednesday TV series, in which Jenna Ortega will bring the iconic daughter of the Addams Family to life, with the actor taking to Instagram to show off a fresh take on the character. The first official look at the character came earlier this year, with this latest look more of a behind-the-scenes shot. While it might not be the most polished look we’ve gotten from the character, Ortega shares it on Wednesday reminding us how attached she is to the role and how clearly excited she is to portray the character. Wednesday is set to debut on Netflix later this year.

Ortega captioned the photo of her striking an iconic pose, “Good mourning.”

The series is an insidious, supernatural mystery retracing Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to harness his emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous murder spree that has terrorized the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that bedeviled his parents 25 years ago – all while navigating his highly tangled new relationships in Nevermore .

The character was first portrayed for a television series in the 60s, played by Lisa Loring, while it was Christina Ricci in two The Addams Family movies from the 90s that really cemented the character’s legacy. Chloë Grace Moretz voiced the character in two animated films.

Ortega previously shared what makes this upcoming TV series so different from other versions of the character we’ve seen.

“We never saw her as a teenager,” Ortega explained to Weekly entertainment. “You know, it’s funny and sweet and almost charming to hear this eight-year-old girl’s obsession with murder and blood and guts. As she gets older, that mean attitude or [those] scathing remarks, it’s almost hard not to make him look like every other teenage girl. So, it’s like, how do you establish this character and give it the same fire without letting it become something that it’s not? Also, it’s an eight-hour series, so for an emotionless character, there has to be some sort of emotional arc.”

She added, “It’s been really interesting to figure out in terms of, okay, well, she has to be able to move the story forward somehow, but how do we keep her true to herself? It’s been a bit of a tough challenge and I’m curious to see how it goes. I’ve never had the opportunity to play an iconic character before. I know she’s very well loved and very respected and I just don’t want to spoil it.

Stay tuned for more details on Wednesday ahead of its premiere later this year.

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