Jenna Ortega’s win for Best Performance in a Show at the 2023 MTV Awards for her role in Netflix’s “Wednesday” has sparked controversy among striking writers in Hollywood. The writers were upset that Ortega had unilaterally made changes to her character’s lines without consulting them.
Ortega’s comments on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast in March, where she admitted to changing her character’s lines, were the source of the backlash. The writers believed that her actions undermined their work and disrespected their contributions to the show.
Despite the criticism, Ortega emerged victorious in a competitive category, beating out acclaimed actors such as Aubrey Plaza and Christina Ricci.
While many stars, such as Tom Cruise and Jennifer Coolidge, accepted their awards virtually, Ortega did not participate in the event, resulting in her not accepting her award.
Despite the controversy, Ortega’s career continues to flourish. Netflix has renewed her hit Adam’s Family spin-off, “Wednesday,” for another season, ensuring that fans will get to see more of her captivating performance.
The incident has sparked a larger conversation about the role of actors in the creative process and the importance of collaboration in producing successful television shows. As the industry continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how these issues will be addressed moving forward.