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Here's Why You Probably Won't See Jenna Ortega Blinking In "Wednesday"

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 2022-11-30

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Fans can't get enough of how well Jenna Ortega transformed into titular character Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix series Wednesday , and now the actor is giving some insight into how she did it.

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One thing that viewers might've noticed is that Wednesday doesn't blink, and that was 100% intentional. During a recent interview on Today , Jenna revealed how she was able to accomplish the eye-opening task.

jenna ortega was born to be wednesday addams. sheesh

@nianaguerrero 11:50 AM - 27 Nov 2022

Early on, while Jenna and director Tim Burton were developing Wednesday's characteristics and mannerisms, they decided having Wednesday not blink added to her eerie ways.

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"She doesn't blink," Jenna told Today . "[Tim] likes it when I tilt my chin down and look through my eyebrows, kind of like a Kubrick stare, and then I relax all the muscles in my face."

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The Kubrick stare refers to an ominous, chilling look that a character gives, typically before doing something shocking or heinous. The angle of the face is tilted down and a dark shadow is usually cast right below the eyebrows. This frequently occurred in movies by iconic direct Stanley Kubrick (i.e. The Shining and A Clockwork Orange ).

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As for the not-blinking portion of her role, Jenna admitted she got "pretty annoying" about it while filming. But even though they were working during a Romanian winter as wind hit her face, she figured out a way around it.

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One trick she learned was to blink while her costars say their lines and then hold off when she's delivering her own lines.

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She's gotten so good at it, fans are now purposely watching the series extra closely in an attempt to catch her blinking.

I really wish I wouldn’t have read that Jenna Ortega does not blink for the entirety of Wednesday bc now im going to be hyper fixated on seeing if she ever blinks

@natehy 07:06 PM - 28 Nov 2022

To learn more about Jenna, check out her full interview with Today .

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