This is now common knowledge Jenna Ortega filmed Wednesday‘s now iconic dance scene while you have COVID-19. But now some fans have concerns that the scene will even take place.
The film industry, like most industries, has been hit by COVID-19 as production has been suspended for a long time at the height of the pandemic. When they were allowed to start again, they did so with strict guidelines, including regular testing for everyone on set, as well as on-set COVID-19 safety officers. While these were in place, Ortega was allowed to continue filming despite feeling ill, rather than waiting and waiting for confirmation.
Speaking to NME, Ortega discussed the dance scene, revealing, “It’s crazy because it was my first day with COVID, so it was awful to film.” She went on to detail exactly how sick she was when she started woke up that day.
“Yes, I woke up and – it’s strange, I never get sick and when I do it’s not too bad – I had body aches. I felt like I had been hit by a car and like a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and scratched the walls of my esophagus. They gave me medication between takes because we were waiting for the positive result.”
This was later confirmed by the production via email, which said, “Strict COVID protocols were followed and as soon as the positive test was confirmed, the production removed Jenna from the set.”
Despite that email, many are wondering if she was ill and showing signs of COVID-19 before filming, why was she even allowed on set?
Someone who claimed to have some experience with film health and safety said that this may have been a “HUGE breach of protocol.”
According to Ortega’s interview, she took the test because she felt uncomfortable, which means she probably shouldn’t have been on set at all.
Others pointed to the cost of delaying filming, i.e. profit over safety.
This user puts it down to the “grind culture” and how toxic it can be when we don’t prioritize our own health.
However, it’s important to note that many wanted to remind people that Ortega likely had no say in whether or not she continued to work despite her symptoms.
If that’s true and Ortega was showing symptoms prior to filming that scene, then it was potentially a very risky move for the production, especially considering how many people were on the set at the time.
We’ve got that covered reached out to Netflix for comment.
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