‘Wednesday’ star Jenna Ortega gains 10M new Instagram followers in days

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Jenna Ortega has gained more than 10 million new Instagram followers in just 10 days – following the highly anticipated release of her new Netflix series, “Wednesday.”

The actress, 20, had 9.39 million followers on the day Netflix premiered the show last month, according to Pop Crave, and currently boasts a staggering 24.3 million followers.

A chart depicting her social media growth shows that on many of the days since the premiere, she earned more than 1 million followers in just 24 hours.

Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in the “Addams Family” spin-off series directed by Tim Burton. She’s previously appeared in shows and movies like “Stuck in the Middle,” “Jane the Virgin,” “You” and “The Babysitter: Killer Queen.”

Despite the rapid rise in fame, Ortega recently admitted that she’s still adjusting to the pressures of having everyone’s opinions thrown at her.

Jenna Ortega in November.
Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams in the Netflix spin-off.
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“I don’t always watch what I’ve done. I’m hyper-critical of myself and it’s almost like if I watch myself, it destroys my self-esteem,” she told People in an interview published this week.

But Ortega admitted that she was pretty much born to play the role of Wednesday Addams.

Jenna Ortega at the "Wednesday" premiere.
She recently admitted that she can be self-critical.
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“People have been telling me I look like her since I was six years old,” she said. “And I have a pretty dark sense of humor.”

But she did have to make some changes to her demeanor to get the role right.

“I had to do things a bit different with my physicality and the way I carried myself,” Ortega told the outlet.

”[Wednesday] almost has a social awkwardness. So when she does toxic, manipulative things, you know it’s not coming out of malicious intent.”

She clearly has a passion for playing scary roles and acted in several films in the horror genre including the 2022 version of “Scream,” “X” and “American Carnage.”

“I never want to be pigeonholed, but I have immense respect for the horror genre,” she shared. “It’s incredibly hard for me to turn down a good horror script and I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of it in recent years.”

Jenna Ortega and Christina Ricci.
Ortega shared how she loved working with the OG Wednesday, Christina Ricci.

Ortega also opened up about getting to work alongside original Wednesday Addams actress, Christina Ricci, who also stars in the Netflix reboot as one of her teachers.

“It was really intimidating because I have so much respect for her as an actress, and being dressed up how she was 30 years ago, it was a little awkward,” Ortega said. “But I felt safe with her on set almost immediately.”

Ortega added or Ricci, “She was really sweet about it, and such a generous actress.”

Netflix’s “Wednesday” features a star-studded cast including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome and Fred Armisen.

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