This is all bad.
Taking sick days apparently wasn’t the norm on the set of Netflix’s “Wednesday,” as actress Gina Ortega revealed that she filmed a scene with others despite having COVID-19 symptoms. The news, which stemmed from an NME interview with Ortega in November, is now gaining momentum online thanks to the recent backlash.
The idea that Ortega could potentially be a supervillain first came to mind when The music magazine reported a viral moment from the teen drama, in which Wednesday’s character (Ortega) does an odd dance around a group of extras.
The jerky jive quickly became a hit on TikTok, and users started imitating it on the platform.
“I designed it myself!” Ortega told NME last month. “It’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID so the shoot was horrible.”
After the lecturer expressed her shock at the comment, she continued: “Yeah, I woke up and… I had body aches. I felt like I had been hit by a car and a little goblin had been released into my throat and was scratching the walls of my esophagus. They were giving me medicine between takes because we were waiting for the positive result.”
NME notes that MGM, the production company behind “Wednesday,” told the magazine that “strict COVID protocols were followed and as soon as the positive test was confirmed, production removed Gina from the set.”
It is unclear if the decision to continue filming came directly from Ortega or at the behest of others. But The fact that she had exposed her colleagues to the disease sparked debates about the film industry and rave culture—a kind of “performance workaholism,” as the New York Times reported. Once, working hard for many hours is seen as a measure of success.
On Twitter, people reacted to the news with bewilderment, concern and anger.
“Gina Ortega proudly talked about how she contracted the virus while filming a dance scene, which really wasn’t as flexible as she thought it would be,” she said. wrote one user.
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