Jenna Ortega
Jenna Ortega could be a perfect fit for “Dancing With the Stars: Junior.” Here she is pictured attending WE Day California in Inglewood, California on April 19, 2018. Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WE


  • Jenna Ortega filmed the iconic "Wednesday" dance scene while with COVID-19
  • Some social media users criticized the actress for being "irresponsible"
  • #wednesdaydance has gone viral on TikTok with over 500 million accumulated views

"Wednesday" star Jenna Ortega's revelation of filming the show's now-iconic dance scene while experiencing COVID-like symptoms sparked outrage among social media users online.

In an interview with NME, published last month, the 20-year-old up-and-coming actress gave the behind-the-scenes details during the production of the Netflix show along with other cast members Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), Percy Hynes White (Xavier), Joy Sunday (Bianca Barclay), and Hunter Doohan (Tyler Galpin).

When asked about the Rave'N Dance scene, which trended over social media, Ortega shared that it was one of her favorite moments but explained that it was "awful" to film because of her bout with COVID-19.

"I choreographed that myself!" Ortega excitedly shared with the outlet, "I'm not a dancer, and I'm sure that's obvious. I'd gotten the song [The Cramps' 1981 single 'Goo Goo Muck'] about a week before, and I just pulled from whatever I could... it's crazy because it was my first day with COVID, so it was awful to film."

She continued, "I woke up and – it's weird, I never get sick, and when I do, it's not very bad – I had the body aches. I felt like I'd been hit by a car and that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus. They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result."

"I asked to redo it, but we didn't have time. I think I probably could have done it a bit better," she concluded.

Although the "Addams Family" spin-off's production company MGM confirmed to the outlet that "strict COVID protocols were followed and once the positive test was confirmed production removed Jenna from [the] set," the revelation did not sit well with some social media users, who described the situation as "irresponsible" and "horrible."

"I love Jenna Ortega, but why on earth does she sound like she's bragging about working while super sick and waiting on her covid test...which ended up being positive. Why is exposing the entire cast and crew to a severe virus such a flex??" one user wrote.

Another commented, "Jenna Ortega filming that dance scene while she had covid is not impressive, it's horrible. Absolutely callous disregard for her coworkers."

"Disappointed to learn that Jenna Ortega had covid symptoms on set but was still allowed to film the 'Wednesday' dance scene while she waited for her positive test result. I wonder how many people got sick? And how many people those people got sick?" a third user wrote.

"Jenna Ortega filming a whole scene while waiting for her COVID test results AND with obvious symptoms isn't 'professional,' it's just completely irresponsible," a fourth user stated.

But some social media users joined in on Twitter to defend "The Fallout" actress.

"Everyone bashing @jennaortega for working while sick. I had covid twice and had to continue to work [because] we were short-staffed at 911. Work knew. I couldn't go home [because] I felt bad. I had the flu a few weeks ago and had to work through it too," one user said.

Another commented, "Y'all are sick tryna 'cancel' Jenna Ortega for having covid symptoms and still working because she was waiting on the test results."

Ortega's iconic dance scene has dominated the TikTok platform in the past weeks, going over 500 million views on the app with the tag #wednesdaydance, as of press time.

Although in the original clip the actress danced to The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," the now-viral clip is making rounds with Lady Gaga's "Bloody Mary."

"Wednesday" has been a huge hit on the streaming platform since it premiered in November, garnering a total of 341.2 million hours streamed worldwide and dethroning "Stranger Things" with the biggest week for any English-language series on Netflix, according to Screen Rant.

Most recently, the comedy-horror series beat its own record, accumulating 411.29 million hours viewed from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. It was the first time an English-language show surpassed 400 million hours viewed within a week, the outlet noted.

The series is now ranked No. 3 on Netflix's all-time chart for English-language series, with 752.52 million cumulative hours streamed.

"Stranger Things," a four-season science fiction series starring Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), and Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), still holds the top stop, while "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" follows at No. 2.

Wednesday Addams
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday Mathias Clamer/Netflix via Teen Vogue