Some fans of Netflix’s creepy new “Wednesday” series are only now learning that one of the show’s stars, Christina Ricci, played Wednesday Addams herself as a child star in the 1990s.
Ricci famously donned side braids and a scowl to play the only daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams in the 1991 comedy “The Addams Family” and its 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values.”
The films also starred Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Jimmy Workman as Pugsley, and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. They marked the first time the Addams Family, which was founded in the 1930s by famed cartoonist Charles Addams and later turned into a campy 1960s TV sitcom, hit the silver screen.
Despite the fact that both “Addams Family” movies were popular with fans – and the first installment was a blockbuster – some “Wednesday” viewers haven’t connected the dots about Ricci’s Addams family tree so far.
Ricci, now 42, appears in the new Tim Burton-directed series as Mrs. Thornhill, one of Wednesday’s (Jenna Ortega) teachers at Nevermore Academy.
“The woman who plays Mrs. Thornhill in ‘Wednesday’ on netflix played Wednesday addams in the 1990s movies! I thought that was so cool,” said one fan flowed on Twitter.
“When you realize Mrs. Thornhill is also a Wednesday Addams,” another baffled viewer wrote.
“I can’t believe some of you didn’t realize Mrs. Thornhill is Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the 90s?! Because that was one of my favorite things. Tim Burton is the man,” wrote another.
Meanwhile, connoisseurs got a kick out of the fact that the two Wednesdays appear together in scenes on the show.
“Like I was screaming,” agreed someone else.
It is not the first time that Ricci has joined forces with Burton. She also appeared alongside Johnny Depp in the director’s 1999 goth horror film “Sleepy Hollow”.
Ricci recently told Variety how happy she was when Burton invited her to join the cast of “Wednesday.”
“I was really flattered to be asked and to be asked by Tim. It’s nice to be a part of this next iteration of that character,” said Ricci. “It’s fun to watch and it’s fun to see how other people go about things and what they put of themselves into something like that.”
And as for Ortega’s inclusion on Wednesday, the “Yellowjackets” star called Ortega “incredible.”
“I saw some of the wardrobe photos before I went (set), so I knew (what she looked like in character) and I was like, it’s such a great modern look on Wednesday,” Ricci said at a press event in June.
“It’s so true to the heart and soul of (the original) tonally, but then it’s incredibly modern and amazing,” she added.
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