In a recent podcast episode of Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Jenna Ortega, the star of Netflix’s “Wednesday,” revealed her involvement in the show’s writing process while on set. She expressed her protective nature towards her character and the struggles she faced with the script. However, her comments did not sit well with the show’s producer and filmmaker, Steven DeKnight, who called her “entitled” and “toxic” for allegedly “publicly shitting” on the writers.
Ortega’s pushback on the script, especially with regards to her character’s actions and lines, was due to her desire to maintain authenticity and consistency in her portrayal. She stated that she had to put her foot down on the set and even became almost unprofessional by changing lines without prior approval. This led to misunderstandings between her and the script supervisor, which required explanations to the writers.
While Ortega’s comments may seem like constructive criticism, DeKnight accused her of being entitled and toxic for publicly calling out the writers and producers of the show. He believes that actors should respect the work of the writers and producers and not overstep their bounds. He also criticized her for being unprofessional and changing lines without prior approval, which could lead to confusion and delays in production.
However, some argue that Ortega’s actions were justified, especially if she believed that the script did not accurately portray her character or if it did not align with her vision for the show. It is not uncommon for actors to offer feedback and suggestions for their characters, and sometimes, their input can lead to significant changes in the script.
Overall, the incident has sparked a debate about the role of actors in the writing process and the limits of their creative input. While some believe that actors should stick to their roles and leave the writing to the professionals, others argue that their input is valuable and can lead to a better end product.