Gina Ortega choreographed the viral “Wednesday” in two days
She learned to dance, dance and dance with her hands in two days.
Jenna Ortega revealed on Friday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” that her currently smashing dance from the Netflix series “Wednesday” took two days to choreograph.
“[Director Tim Burton] He came to my trailer two days before we shot it and we said, ‘Hey Gina, so I know you said you wanted to choreograph this yourself,'” said Ortega, who’s 20. He 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, everything is fine. “
The dance appears in The Addams Family revue with the “Scream” star dancing – while on a standstill – to The Cramps’ 1981 song “Goo Goo Muck”.
According to Ortega, there was only one misstep.
“I never got over it,” Ortega admitted. “I was playing the cello that week, fencing that week. I didn’t have time… Oh my God, I was kicking myself. I felt like an idiot.”
Ortega revealed afterwards that she watched “anything I could get my hands on” to get inspiration for the dance.
“I’m not a dancer. I don’t do any of that. I have no experience in that area,” Ortega said. They’re dancing in clubs in the ’80s. Len Lovich. Nina Hagen. And then, that day, I thought, ‘Okay, let’s see what happens.'”
Ortega also revealed that she wanted to incorporate certain things into her dance, including a small tribute to Lisa Loring—Addams’ First Wednesday—into the dance.
The dance has since exploded onto TikTok as the latest trend with creators using choreography instead of the original vocal, and users have taken to Lady Gaga’s Bloody Mary.
Gaga herself joined the trend and filmed herself dancing to her own song — the video has since garnered 10.8 million views.
Ortega also revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 while filming the now iconic scene.
“Netflix, they were saying to me, ‘Oh, you know, Gina, this is going to be a TikTok thing. And I thought, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, well, whatever,” Ortega joked. “I thought, you know, they’re excited. They are exaggerated. And then they were right.”
“Wednesday” is currently streaming on Netflix.
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