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Jenna Ortega Blames ‘Wednesday’ Film Schedule For Causing ‘Hysterical’ Crying!

Jenna Ortega has won over both viewers and critics in the Netflix series “Wednesday.” But the actress shared that the film schedule got so demanding that she broke down in tears. And between learning to play the cello to fencing, Jenna struggled to keep pace with the film schedule.

Find out what Ortega revealed about filming Wednesday. And learn what she found most demanding. Get all the details below.

Jenna Ortega – Learned To Play Cello And Fence For ‘Wednesday’

For anyone who thinks that the entertainment world seems easy, Jenna Ortega wants to issue a wake-up call. And the actress shared exactly what it took to take on the role of Wednesday in the Netflix series. For instance, Jenna needed to learn to speak German, canoe smoothly, fence, and even play the cello, reported Variety.

But fulfilling all those requirements meant working constantly, according to Ortega. And she recalled her demanding schedule. “Show up to set two hours early, do that 12-14 hour day, then go home,” Jenna shared. “And then get on a Zoom and have whatever lesson that I had. Or show up to my apartment, my cello teacher was already waiting for me.”

Jenna Ortega Blames 'Wednesday' Film Schedule For Causing 'Hysterical' Crying!

Because Ortega never got a break, she felt as if the demands seemed “just constantly going. And if you could on a weekend, if we weren’t shooting the sixth day that week, it was ‘All right, well then, we’ll get your lessons in on that day’.” However, the actress shared that she actually began her cello and fencing lessons several months before filming for eight months in Romania. 

‘Wednesday’ Made Jenna Ortega Break Down ‘Hysterically Crying’

For an example of the demands, Jenna recalled learning the “Paint it Black” cello sequence. Because the actress needed to change teachers when she headed overseas, she struggled to take on a piece created for two cellos with just one instrument. And she recalled, “I did not get any sleep.”

But Jenna also admitted the toll it took on her emotions. “I pulled my hair out,” shared Ortega. “There’s so many FaceTime calls that my dad answered of me hysterically crying.” However, much of the pressure came from within. And Jenna wanted to live up to cellists’ expectations. 

“Wednesday” director and executive producer Tim Burton tried to help Jenna relax. And she recalled the director reassuring her, “Oh, don’t worry, you’re going to do great. It’s gonna look great.” However, Ortega “didn’t know where my hands were even supposed to go. And then I had to make two cellos come out of one cello, which was ridiculous.”

But despite Ortega’s worries, “Wednesday” turned into a winner for Netflix. For instance, the release quickly overtook After its Nov. 23 release, the series set the platform record for hours viewed in its first week for an English language series at over 341 million, overtaking “Stranger Things 4” for hours viewed of an English language series. And the show received its renewal for a second season in early January.

Tell us what you think. What would you like to see Jenna Ortega’s character do in the second season of Wednesday? And after you share your views, check back on our site for more celebrity and TV news. 

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