The Addams Family spin-off Wednesday has dropped on Netflix, sending the clan’s iconic deadpan and sadistic daughter to boarding school.
By focusing on one family member and taking the action away from the mansion, the series introduces a whole host of new characters, starring Game of Thrones and The SandmanGwendoline Christie and former Wednesday Addams actress Christina Ricci play brand new characters.
It’s the new character aspect that made Christie a little nervous, as she said Digital spy exclusively.
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“It was a real, exciting honor. It really was. Because I grew up loving The Addams Family. I really did. It’s always had a very special place in my heart,” explained the star, who plays Larissa Weems .
“I loved the black and white TV show. I remember watching it when I was a kid and I just loved it. And then I loved the movies so much. They were the most exciting, exciting, dynamic, colorful and completely different movies that I had seen at the time. I just loved them.
“And so, you know, there was some trepidation there, because it’s important to me that the character worked in the world.”
“But at the same time, there had to be something else,” she continued.
“She’s the principal of the school. She had to be an individual in her own right. She had to really work with a principal, and what that is, and be able to have that mask of bureaucracy, but at the same time keep the fact that she’s an outcast.
“What was exciting to me was the idea of a woman who is completely self-made, and who that woman might be, especially within Tim Burton’s world.
“So it made sense to me to look at a kind of Hitchcock style of woman, a kind of screen siren, but to subvert that. Instead of being a woman who has trauma inflicted on her, she’s someone who’s in charge of her own destiny, and she moves forward with a very strong sense of ambition and determination.
“So it felt exciting to me. It’s also the kind of role that I never wanted to be cast as. And as an actor, I love to transform, and I love to play completely different kinds of roles. So it was just a real thrill.”
Christie also cited working with costume designer and frequent Tim Burton collaborator Colleen Atwood as a highlight of the project.
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“Getting to work with Colleen, who is an absolute legend and, frankly, one of our greatest costume designers who ever lived, was an incredible honor for me,” she said.
“She was so cooperative and so kind, and celebrated me, and who I am, and my body, and made me feel so good about myself, and totally understood how to transform into this character. It was real happiness.”
Wednesday is available to stream in its entirety on Netflix now.