Interview Magazine ran a conversation between Ricci and Ortega, in which the two have a very candid conversation about the character and the series. In the intimate conversation, Ortega expressed her concerns about getting the role.
Reflecting on her own experiences, Ricci spoke about the difficult task of moving the story forward when you have a character like Wednesday – who is usually deadpan – and you have to be guided by different directors. Because co-creator/executive producer Tim Burton doesn’t direct every episode, Ortega was overwhelmed by the various directors urging her to do so, despite Burton’s initial request for a deadpan expression and the directors’ seeming doubts about her who advance history. “There were a lot of battles like that because I felt like people didn’t always trust me when I was creating my path in terms of ‘okay, that’s her arc.’ This is where she gets emotional,” Ortega hinted.
In addition, Ortega also undertook training to prepare for the various skills on Wednesday’s show. It became so much for the young actress to endure that she developed a nightly ritual of turning to parents for comfort. “I would call my parents every night in a panic because I felt like it was unlike any job I’d ever had before, where I’d typically had the time to get into the role,” Ortega explained. “I remember it was very stressful and confusing. I did my best, but this is probably the most overwhelming job I’ve ever had.”