Last week, actress Jenna Ortega revealed that she used to “perform autopsies on little animals” when she was younger, subsequently startling the internet.
The You star made the admission while discussing her friendship with Maddie Ziegler during an “Autocomplete Interview” for Wired‘s YouTube channel.
“I feel like Maddie and I are the same person in different fonts,” Ortega said. “She’s such a weirdo, and I’m a weirdo in [that I] used to perform autopsies on little animals when I was younger. Like, little lizards that I found that were dead in my backyard.
“She’s a weirdo in the sense that she breaks out into characters or movements or makes faces,” Ortega continued. “We’re really weird together.”
Wired released the full interview on November 17, and on Wednesday, Pop Crave shared the autopsy quote in a tweet that has amassed over 40,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments from shocked fans begging Ortega to “take [the statement] back.”
“She used to what?” @danni4pf asked.
“She thought she was being quirky, but now we are worried she could have been a serial killer,” @SweetSasha_ tweeted.
“Jenna bestie… this is a little sketchy [not gonna lie],” @vhslore said.
“Love her to pieces, but this is oversharing, take it back, Jen,” @odelucasou wrote.
@willak8h added: “This seems like a red flag.”
Amid all the criticism, some fans defended Ortega and argued that there is nothing weird about performing autopsies on already-dead animals.
“Is this not just like dissecting an animal? Like how everyone does in biology class in school? Why are the quotes saying this is serial killer behavior?” @jihyeojin asked.
“I did this all the time? She wasn’t torturing live animals they were already dead. You people need to relax,” @percsdelicious tweeted.
Some commenters also said that, for better or for worse, the childhood hobby was very fitting for the woman tasked with portraying Wednesday Addams in Tim Burton’s new Netflix series, Wednesday.
“So they basically cast Wednesday Addams to play Wednesday Addams,” @firesignbutch said.
Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’
Netflix released Burton’s Wednesday on November 23. The show follows Wednesday Addams (Ortega) as she tries to solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family before she was born while simultaneously trying to live her life as a teenager.
The show’s co-creator Miles Millar told Newsweek that he and co-creator Alfred Gough incorporated several easter eggs throughout the series for fans of The Addams Family to enjoy, including the famous Addams Family snap.
“If you don’t know The Addams Familythat means nothing to you, but if you’re a fan of The Addams Familyit’d be a nice little [Easter egg]. It’ll hopefully bring a smile to your face and make you think, ‘Ah, that’s interesting,'” Millar said.
In addition to Ortega, the show’s cast includes Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones as Wednesday’s mother, Morticia Addams; Narcos star Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Wednesday’s father; and A Wrinkle in Time’s Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Wednesday’s younger brother.