Her self-choreographed dance scene in the Netflix series Wednesday, went viral and has since become a TikTok trend.
And Jenna Ortega, 20, who plays Wednesday Addams in the Tim Burton adaptation has said that many of her moves were in homage to the likes of the original Wednesday Addams, played by Lisa Loring. as well as Siouxsie And The Banshees.
Jenna revealed that she is ‘not a dancer’ and ‘didn’t sleep for two days’ while coming up with the eccentric dance sequence with love interest Xavier, which she performed to The Cramps’s 1981 single Goo Goo Muck.
‘I did her shuffle’: Jenna Ortega, (left), has revealed she took inspiration from the original Wednesday Addams, Lisa Loring, (right) as well as Siouxsie And The Banshees for THAT viral dance in the new Netflix series
Burton asked Ortega to come up with her own moves over a two-day period and Jenna told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that the original Wednesday gave her some ideas.
She said: ‘I paid homage to Lisa Loring, the first Wednesday Addams, I did a little bit of her shuffle that she does. And of course, they cut out of camera when I did it. But it’s there – I know it is.’
She also said: ‘I watched videos of Siouxsie and the Banshees… I found archival footage of Goth kids dancing in clubs in the 80s…just anything that I could get my hands on. And then on the day, I thought, “Alright, well, I’m just gonna do it”.’
Oh that’s a shame: Sadly the moment itself was cut by the cameras, but Jenna said: ‘I know it’s in there’
Looks familiar: Fans were noticing ALL the details from the viral dance routine, including a moment which paid homage to the original Gomez’s signature move
We can see it! There were lots of comparisons to be had from the routine with Jenna choreographed herself
One fan even noted that she even threw in an homage to the original Gomez as they posted a side-by-side comparison of the two.
They wrote: ‘You threw a move in there that was an homage to John Astin’s Gomez. Don’t think we don’t see you. Well done.’
And it’s just as well that the dance was well-received because Jenna was nervous about it ahead of time.
Paying homage: Jenna also noted that she took inspiration from the band Siouxsie And The Banshees (pictured right)
Flamenco: But another fan noted the Spanish references in the routine
Goth is the key: Jenna’s dance has gone viral on TikTok but every single move was a carefully thought out one
She said: ‘I was kicking myself’ about her decision to come up with the dance scene herself,
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. And then I didn’t sleep for two days.’
The Scream actress stated that Netflix had told her that the dance would go viral on TikTok but that she didn’t believe it. ‘And then they were right,’ she humorously added
Dance: The actress, 20, has leapt into the spotlight with her lead role as Wednesday Addams in the hit series and spoke about her experiences filming while on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Dance sequence: The hit supernatural series has become the streamer’s third most popular English-language TV series ever, according to Deadline
On the chat show, she turned heads wearing a sheer black dress with a white pointed collar and matching cuffs.
A black tie was added along with a silver, chrome corset to accentuate her slim waist.
It comes as the new series continues to dominate Netflix charts.
The hit supernatural show has become the streamer’s third most popular English-language TV series ever, according to Deadline.
Wow! Jenna has revealed that she was given two days to choreograph her own moves for the iconic dance scene in the Netflix show Wednesday
Clever: Jenna informed Jimmy that she, ‘didn’t sleep for two days’ and watched numerous videos to gather ideas, such as watching, ‘archival footage of Goth kids dancing in clubs in the ’80s’
Wednesday has now achieved 752.52M hours watched ever since its November 23 debut and has been watched in around 115M households.
The only two shows ranked above Wednesday are Stranger Things 2 and DAHMER: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
South Korean drama Squid Game remains Netflix’s most popular series ever.
Wednesday has been breaking records ever since it debuted on the platform last month.
The series nabbed the record for most hours viewed in a week for an English language series late last month, logging a total of 341.23 million hours viewed just one week since its premiere.
It has garnered 411.29M more viewers since that achievement was announced.
The latest numbers mean Wednesday broke the record it set itself last week for most hours viewed in a single week for an English language program. It remains number one on that list.
The new Netflix series Wednesday stars Jenna as the iconic Addams Family character, a role previously inhabited by Christina Ricci.
In a recent interview, Jenna revealed that she did not seek advice from Christina on how to play the character.
‘Our show has super powers and outcasts and evil ghost pilgrims,’ Jenna said in an MTV News interview with co-star Emma Myers, who plays her roommate, Enid.
I think when [Christina] was on set, neither one of us said “Wednesday” once to each other,’ Jenna explained.
‘I don’t think she wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel like she was overbearing,’ adding, ‘They’re two very different people, our Wednesdays.’
Casting a spell! Wednesday has been breaking records ever since it debuted on the platform last month