One detail that almost got into the show accidentally is the way that Wednesday stares at things. This method of staring has been around for some time and is even called the Kubrick stare since it so often appears in Stanley Kubrick’s movies. Here’s how to pull it off: tilt your head downward, eyes tilted up as if you’re looking over a pair of glasses.
Ortega and Tim Burton chose it on purpose, but they never talked about not blinking. Still, Ortega did so many of the scenes without blinking that it became part of the character. Go back and check out the series again – seeing her blink is rare.
There's Only One Wednesday Here
Despite one of the earlier Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci, being part of the show, Jenna Ortega tried to keep away from the elder actress. You'd assume that Ricci had plenty of pointers for Ortega ready to go, but they hardly spoke at all.
Jenna wanted her interpretation to be her own, uncolored by the way Ricci did it about thirty years ago. It's a bit of an odd move since most young actors and actresses love to learn from the more experienced among them, but Ortega seems to have done things the right way here. She's a real trailblazer for her age.
One of the Small Ones
The character of Lurch is seen in the new “Wednesday” show, and just like always, he plays the family's tall, creepy butler. Built to resemble Frankenstein's monster, the character is often the tallest member of the family, and it's the same way in the new Netflix show.
However, George Burcea, the character's actor, is the shortest to ever play the character, at a tiny six-foot-three in height. While this only extends to live-action adaptations (Jim Cummings, at five-foot-eight, provided the animated voice), it's still astounding. Other actors include Ted Cassidy (6' 9”), John DeSantis (6' 9”), and Carel Struycken, a staggering seven feet tall.
Plenty of References to Poe
No doubt you picked up on the fact that Nevermore Academy was named after the most famous piece of writing from Edgar Allen Poe, “The Raven,” but there are a good number of other references in the Netflix “Wednesday” show.
There are ravens all over the Nevermore campus, the trophy for winning the canoe races is called the Poe Cup, and Wednesday's outfit for those same canoe races is also a sneaky reference to Poe's short story “The Black Cat.” All of the team boats are references to Poe's stories, and the man himself was apparently an alum of the show's history.
Getting Into the Role
The girl who plays Enid Sinclair on “Wednesday,” Emma Myers, didn't have many acting roles before that one, and she wanted to make sure she got it right. Enid was her big breakthrough, but to accomplish that, she had to become a werewolf. Not actually, thankfully.
No, to get ready for “Wednesday,” she decided to attend werewolf boot camp. She admitted it was super weird, but it must have helped her get into the spirit of the character, even if it did mean she had to crawl around on the floor and growl for hours at a time. Well, we all have to suffer for our art.