What started as a newspaper comic reached its pop culture zenith with the release of "The Addams Family" to theaters in 1991. While it had always been a show about this "kooky" family, it was with this film, and it's "Addams Family Values" sequel in 1993, that a new star emerged.
Christina Ricci came to dominate the films as the darkly sullen and charming Wednesday Addams. Her presence was so beloved and undeniable, it launched Ricci herself into stardom in a way rarely seen these days.
That's why it was no surprise when the latest revival of the Addams was revealed to focus on the character of Wednesday, and all eyes were laser-focused on Jenna Ortega when she was cast in the iconic role.
Exciting fans even more was the announcement that RIcci herself had also joined the project, albeit in a new role. There had been speculation and hope she might return as a narrator, recalling this adventure from her teen years.
While Ortega and Ricci would go on to share scenes in the new series, --which sees Wednesday sent to the Nevermore Academy boarding school after some trouble at her local public school -- the new Wednesday said she never asked the former Wednesday for any advice about the character.
In fact, Ortega said that they never really spoke about their shared connection while on set, or their thoughts about the character's portrayal. "I don't think she wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel like she was overbearing," Ortega told MTV News.
"And then I felt like I didn't want to pull up something that she did 30 years ago, for one, the sake of my own benefit, but two, I didn't want to rip her off," Ortega continued. "And I didn't want to be too much like her."
At the same time, Ortega understood the weight of taking on such a beloved character, and in a way that's never been explored before. Ricci's Wednesday may have been the breakout character of the films, but she was not the lead.