• “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega spoke about her friendship with her former costar Maddie Ziegler.
  • She said that they became friends after starring in “The Fallout” because they were both weird.
  • Ortega added she was weird because she used to perform autopsies on animals when she was younger.

“Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega said that she used to perform autopsies on animals from her backyard when she was younger.

To promote her new series, “Wednesday,” which premieres on Netflix Wednesday, Ortega appeared on Wired’s YouTube “Autocomplete Interview” series in which celebrities answer questions that fans Google about them. 

In the video, Ortega was asked about her friendship with “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler. The 20-year-old said the pair got along because they are both “weirdos.”

“I’m assuming they’re talking about the beautiful wonderful baby angel face Maddie Ziegler and the answer is, yes,” Ortega said. “She’s one of my greatest friends ever. She was somebody that I instantly clicked with. We did a movie called ‘The Fallout’ a couple years back, and I feel like Maddie and I are the same person in different fonts.”


“The Fallout,” which premiered last year, is a coming-of-age story about three high schoolers (Ortega, Ziegler, and Niles Fitch) who form a bond after surviving a school shooting.

Ortega added about Ziegler: “She’s such a weirdo and I’m a weirdo in, like, the [way I] used to perform autopsies on little animals when I was younger. Like, little lizards that I found that were dead in my backyard. She’s a weirdo in the sense that she breaks out into characters or movements or makes faces… Her comedic timing is so underappreciated. She makes me laugh. We have a good time. We’re really weird together.”

Wednesday stands in the bushes with Thing on her shoulder in this still from Netflix's "Wednesday."

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday in Netflix’s “Wednesday.”


This is not the first time Ortega has talked about being weird around her costars.

Ortega, who plays the titular character in “Wednesday,” said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week that she freaked out her costar Christina Ricci while they were on set. Ricci played the famous Addams family member in the 1990s movies.

“I feel like I personally made it a little weird. She was really sweet about it. Me? It was one of the most awkward experiences I’ve ever had,” she said. “I think, socially, I can be kind of hard to communicate with at times. And sometimes I would say something as a joke, and I think I have a very dark sense of humor, and she would go, ‘Uh, that’s dark…'”

“Wednesday,” which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Fred Armisen, and Isaac Ordonez, is available to stream on Netflix.

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