In a new interview, the 20-year-old opened up about how she became the iconic daughter from The Addams Family, in the Tim Burton spin-off. In Wednesday, she plays the titular Wednesday, who is attempting to uncover the mystery surrounding a historic mass murder, while attending Nevermore Academy.
Speaking to Teen Vogue, Jenna explained how she spent weeks on set attempting not to blink, as director Burton thought it helped her get into the creepy character.
"At some point during the first couple weeks of shooting, I did a take where I did not blink at all," the actor recalled. "And Tim [Burton] said, ‘I don’t want you to blink anymore.'"
Jenna explained that it was inspired by Jack Nicholson's iconic performance in the 1980s film The Shining, which was directed by Stanley Kubrick. "The thing about the blinking is, I didn’t realise that I was doing it. It just kind of happened because every time we started a take, I would reset my face.
"I would drop all the muscles in my face, and Tim really liked the Kubrick stare, where I stare through my eyebrows. It’s just a bit intimidating."
She went on to explain how she saw some of herself in the character, adding, "I was always compared to Wednesday because I’m very dry, and I don’t think people can tell when I’m being serious or when I’m being sarcastic."
Consider us impressed.
Wednesday is now streaming on Netflix.
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