March 16, 2023 | 10:19
Hollywood veteran Steven DeKnight is making shocking comments he made about ‘Wednesday’ star Jenna Ortega being ‘toxic’ and ‘entitled’.
DeKnight tweeted a half-apology to Ortega for his earlier statements — on Wednesday, fittingly enough — about the 20-year-old Netflix star.
“I can’t stress this enough: she’s got incredible talent,” said DeKnight, 58, who has produced and scripted shows such as “Daredevil” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” over his multi-year career. decades.
“It was just an unfortunate situation to publicly expose the creative differences,” he added, “and I will also admit that the writers are nervous because of the impending strike, myself included. A perfect storm.
The comments come after ‘Scream VI’ star Ortega revealed on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast that she changed lines on the hit Netflix series and sometimes acted out. “unprofessional” manner.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had to set foot more on set in a way that I had to on ‘Wednesday,'” Ortega said earlier this week, the latest in a series of recent blows against itself show.
DeKnight initially retaliated tweeting, “She’s young so maybe she doesn’t know any better (but she should). She should also wonder how she would feel if the showrunners gave an interview and talked about how difficult she was and refused to play the material.
The producer and filmmaker also said that sometimes the stars “don’t have the full footage [in TV] where the story is going and why certain lines are needed for the whole thing to make sense.
The Post has reached out to DeKnight and Ortega for comment.
Meanwhile, “Wednesday” is currently the second most-watched English-language show on Netflix, racking up 1.02 billion hours viewed since its November 16 debut.
On Shepard, 48,’s podcast last week, the ‘Wednesday’ star admitted she had ‘put her foot down’, bordering on being ‘unprofessional’ for the sake of her character. Addams family, of which she was “very protective”. ”
“I don’t think I’ve ever had to put my foot on set more in a way that I had to on ‘Wednesday,'” she said. “Everything Wednesday did, everything I had to play, made no sense for his character.”
Ortega also previously revealed that filming the show left him crying “hysterically” due to a busy schedule.
“It was about showing up two hours early, doing this 12-2 p.m. day, then coming home, then getting on a Zoom and taking the lesson I had,” Ortega recalls .
“Or show up at my apartment, [and] my cello teacher was already waiting for me. It was just constantly going on, and if you could on a weekend, if we weren’t shooting on the sixth day of the week, it was, ‘Okay, well, we’ll pick up your lessons that day .’
Despite his admittedly questionable behavior on set, Ortega is set to star in the show’s second season — as well as serve as one of the executive producers.