Celebrity·Posted on Mar 15, 2023Jenna Ortega Originally Didn't Want To Be Cast In "Wednesday" And Her Reasoning Is Pretty Valid"I got the email, passed on it."by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Jenna Ortega didn't want anything to do with Wednesday when she first heard about the role. Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures While Jenna was an obvious choice to star in the Netflix series, she says she really wasn't looking for television parts at the time. ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection "I got the email, passed on it,” Jenna revealed while looking back in an interview with The Times UK. Matt Winkelmeyer / FilmMagic / Getty Images She continued, "I had done so much TV in my life. All I’ve ever wanted to do is film…You have to prove yourself." Gilbert Flores / Variety via Getty Images Jenna explained that it was only "in the last three or four years" that she'd be able to "start going up for film" and she didn't want to mess that up. Natasha Campos / Getty Images for GreenSlate "I was scared that by signing on to another television show it could prevent me from doing other jobs I really wanted and cared about," Jenna explained. Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images for SCAD She admits the only reason she agreed to sign on is because director Tim Burton "is such a legend, and we just happened to get along very well." View this photo on Instagram @jennaortega / Via instagram.com "But even then I said, ‘Ah, no — I think I’m OK,’ a couple [more] times," Jenna said. Tomasz Lazar / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection And even after agreeing to take the role, Jenna says she never expected the show to be a massive hit — and would have almost preferred if it wasn't. Craig Barritt / Getty Images for ReedPop "I thought it wasn’t going to be watched," she said. "That it will be a nice little gem that someone finds, but [most people don’t]." Amy Sussman / WireImage / Getty Images Although Jenna didn't have the highest expectations for the show at first, it's clear she was the perfect choice for the role — and the show wouldn't be the same without her. Vlad Cioplea / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection You can read all that Jenna had to say here.