Jenna Ortega recently sat down to talk with the OG Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci, for Interview. Ricci is known for a lot of things, but one of her biggest roles to this day is still her iconic 90s portrayal of Wednesday Addams in Barry Sonnenfeld’s “The Addams Family” and “Addams Family Values.” Throughout their conversation together, the two Wednesdays talk about everything from growing up as child actors to portraying Wednesday on screen.
At one point, Ortega opens up about just what it is that got her started with acting in the first place. She tells Ricci, “I remember one time I watched “Man on Fire” with Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington, and when I came home I was like, ‘I want to be the Puerto Rican version of this girl.'” Ricci agrees with her that “Man on Fire” is a kick-ass movie, and we’d have to concur. The film stars Washington as a washed-up bodyguard who finds himself doing whatever it takes to rescue the daughter of one of his clients. Dakota Fanning plays the young Lupita Ramos, and it is her character that Ortega most resonated with.
Ortega goes on to tell Ricci:
“I also realized that, ‘Oh, if I were an actor, I could be the first female president and an astronaut rolled into one.’ So I felt like I was getting away with murder in terms of, ‘I’ve tricked everyone into allowing me to be everything.'”
And she’s been able to play many different characters in her career so far. Here’s to hoping we see Ortega live out her many dreams on screen and then some.