According to Variety, Jenna Ortega was particularly anxious to nail a sequence in which Wednesday plays “Paint it Black” on cello, capturing a piece meant for two cellists as a solo. An eight-month shoot in Romania didn’t help matters, nor did switching teachers when she moved there. “I did not get any sleep,” the actor shared. “I pulled my hair out. There’s so many FaceTime calls my dad answered of me hysterically crying.” The actor’s stress was warranted, as she said the show often shot as many as six days a week with set days lasting as long as 14 hours.
“It was show up to set two hours early, do that 12-14 hour day, then go home and then get on a Zoom and have whatever lesson that I had,” Ortega recalled. “Or show up to my apartment, my cello teacher was already waiting for me.” The actress nails Wednesday’s signature deadpan dark humor, but it sounds like her best performance may have been doing it all without making it obvious that she was exhausted. “It was just constantly going,” she said, “and if you could on a weekend, if we weren’t shooting the sixth day that week, it was ‘All right, well then, we’ll get your lessons in on that day.'”