Jenna Ortega stars as the titular character in Tim Burton’s drama (Picture: Youtube)
Wednesday creator Miles Millar have reassured fans strict health and safety rules were followed after Jenna Ortega revealed she had a positive test while filming viral dance scene.
The Netflix blockbuster follows the Addams Family member as she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a killing spree that terrorises the town and solve the murder mystery that her parents were embroiled in 25 years ago.
Directed by Edward Scissorhands filmmaker Tim Burton, the spooky thriller also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzman as Gomez and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley.
Since the series debuted on the global streaming platform, Wednesday has scored sensational viewing figures, garnering more than 269 million hours viewed in one week alone.
One scene in episode four, which sees the You actor pull some spectacular moves, has taken social media by storm but the 20-year-old revealed she had been feeling under the weather when she filmed it.
Jenna previously said she ‘felt like she’d been hit by a car’ but continued with production until her Covid test results came back.
Jenna said she had ‘body aches’ while filming the viral dance (Picture: VLAD CIOPLEA/NETFLIX)
The Jane the Virgin star told NME she was being given ‘medicine between takes because we were waiting on the positive result’ sparking backlash for not halting filming.
However, Miles has since insisted that they had ‘extremely stringent’ protocols were followed on set, adding that the ‘health and well-being of the cast and crew was and always is paramount to us.’
Miles, who created the show with Al Gough, explained to The Hollywood Reporter: ‘What we can say is that we had extremely stringent Covid protocols that were enforced all the way through the dance.
The creators said as soon as Jenna tested positive she was quarantined (Picture: NETFLIX/PLANET PHOTOS)
‘Jenna tested negative the day before, and only when a positive test came back, and as soon as it did, she was escorted off the set and went into quarantine for I think 10 days. It’s one of those Chinese whispers elements.
‘Every test, every protocol was explicitly followed, and there was no compromising of that in any decision to keep filming and film Jenna ill or sick, it was never a discussion.
He continued: ‘If she had been, we would’ve closed and let her rest, the health and well-being of the cast and crew was and always is paramount to us and everybody at MGM and Netflix.
Wednesday has been a roaring success for Netflix (Picture: Netflix / BACKGRID)
‘So, it was one of those things that basically was sort of blown out of proportion in terms of a story, which we understand, but the facts speak for themselves in terms of every protocol was followed, and the protocols were stringent in terms of double-masking, PCR tests every single day.’
Jenna has previously opened up about choreographing the dance sequence on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, revealing the routine was all down to her.
She revealed she offered to create the dance herself, only to kick herself days later as she’s ‘not a dancer’, adding: I didn’t sleep for two days.’
The Stuck in the Middle performer also confessed she had no idea the dance would go viral, although she was warned by Netflix bosses.
She continued: ‘Netflix were telling me, “Oh, you know, Jenna, this is gonna be a thing on TikTok’.
‘And I thought, yeah, ok ok ok. Because I figured they’re excited, they’re getting hyped up – and then they were right.’
Wednesday is available to stream on Netflix.
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‘The health and well-being of the cast and crew was and always is paramount to us,’ Miles said.