Last week, actress Jenna Ortega revealed that she “performed autopsies on small animals” when she was younger, then shocked the internet.
The Yes star made the admission while discussing her friendship with Maddie Ziegler during an “Autocomplete Interview” for Wiredhis YouTube channel.
“I feel like Maddie and I are the same person in different fonts,” Ortega said. “She’s such a weirdo, and I’m a weirdo [that I] used to perform autopsies on small animals when i was younger. Like, little lizards I found that were dead in my backyard.
“She’s a weirdo in the sense that she breaks out into characters or moves or makes faces,” Ortega continued. “We’re really weird together.”
Wired published the full interview on November 17 and on Wednesday, Pop Crave shared the autopsy quote in a tweet that has garnered more than 40,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments from shocked fans begging Ortega to “take [the statement] back.”
“She used to what??” asked @danni4pf.
“She thought she was being stubborn, but now we’re worried she might have been a serial killer,” tweeted @SweetSasha_.
“Jenna bestie… this is a little sketchy [not gonna lie],” said @vhslore.
“Love her to pieces but this is shareable take it back Jen,” @odelucasou wrote.
@willak8h added: “This looks like a red flag.”
Amidst all the criticism, some fans defended Ortega and claimed that there is nothing strange about performing autopsies on already dead animals.
“Isn’t this just like deciphering an animal? Like how everyone does in biology class at school? Why are the quotes saying this is serial killer behavior?” asked @jihyeojin.
“I did this all the time? They didn’t torture live animals, they were already dead. You people need to relax,” tweeted @percsdelicious.
Some commentators also said that, for better or worse, the childhood hobby was very fitting for the woman tasked with portraying Wednesday Addams in Tim Burton’s new Netflix series, Wednesday.
“So they basically cast Wednesday Addams to play Wednesday Addams,” @firesignbutch said.
Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’
Netflix has released Burton’s Wednesday the 23 November The show follows Wednesday Addams (Ortega) as she tries to solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family before she was born while at the same time trying to live her life as a teenager.
The show’s co-creator Miles Millar told Newsweek that he and co-creator Alfred Gough incorporated several Eastern eggs throughout the series for fans of The Addams Family to enjoy, including the famous Addams Family snap.
“If you don’t know The Addams Familythat means nothing to you, but if you’re a fan of The Addams Familyit would be a nice bit [Easter egg]. It will hopefully put a smile on your face and make you think, ‘Ah, that’s interesting,'” Millar said.
In addition to Ortega, the show’s cast includes Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones as Wednesday’s mother, Morticia Addams; Narcos stars Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Wednesday’s father; and A Wrinkle in Time’s Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Wednesday’s younger brother.