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Steven DeKnight, whose writing credits include Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil and the Starz series Spartacus, said he thought Ortega's comments were unprofessional.
The 20-year-old star of The Addams Family spin-off said she was unhappy with the writers' work.
Ortega said that nothing about the character Wednesday 'made sense to her', and she had to step in to correct the 'arc' of the story.
'I don't think I've ever had to put my foot down more on a set in a way that I had to on 'Wednesday,' she said, in a March 6 episode of Dax Shepard's podcast.
Jenna Ortega is seen recording a March 6 episode of Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert
Ortega, 20, told Shepard she had problems with much of the writing of the show
'When I read the entire series, I realized, 'Oh, this is for younger audiences,'' Ortega said.
'When I first signed onto the show, I didn't have all the scripts. I thought it was going to be a lot darker. It wasn't… I didn't know what the tone was, or what the score would sound like.'
She said the story lines did not appeal to her.
'Her being in a love triangle? It made no sense.
'There was a line about a dress she has to wear for a school dance and she says, 'Oh, my God, I love it. Ugh — I can't believe I said that. I literally hate myself.'
'I had to go, 'No.'
'There were times on that set where I even became almost unprofessional in a sense where I just started changing lines.'
Ortega said that, while they were filming, she would change the lines without warning anyone in advance.
Her improvisation surprised the crew.
'The script supervisor thought I was going with something, and then I had to sit down with the writers, and they'd be like, 'Wait, what happened to the scene?'
'And I'd have to go and explain why I couldn't go do certain things.'
She said she changed the script because she worried it was 'boring' and would not resonate with audiences.
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