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“They’re not paying any attention, are they?”: Wednesday Star Jenna Ortega Accidentally Became McDonald’s Girl For a Straight Year After Being Cast For the Same Commercial By Different Directors

Wednesday Star Jenna Ortega Accidentally Became McDonald’s Girl For a Straight Year After Being Cast For the Same Commercial By Different Directors

Wednesday star, Jenna Ortega has made a definitive name for herself on television after bringing Tim Burton’s vision of the Addams Family character alive on Netflix. But even before all of that, the young actress had a career that witnessed more than half of her life in the spotlight. Since she was 9 years old, the Wednesday star has had the experience of working for franchises both in and outside of Hollywood but it was her tenure with the fast food chain, McDonald’s that becomes the most memorable narrative of them all.

The Addams Family in Netflixs Wednesday
The Addams Family on Netflix’s Wednesday

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Jenna Ortega Recalls Being a McDonald’s Apple Girl

The overnight sensation that is Jenna Ortega has somehow become a household name after her breakthrough stint on the widely acclaimed Netflix series. But the winding road that led the actress up to this point was speckled with McDonald’s apples. In a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jenna Ortega reveals the experience that led her to become a McDonald’s girl by accident.

“When I first started acting, because I had no connection to Hollywood or the industry or anything like that, I was told I could only do commercials. So I’ve got some good commercial experience… I was accidentally McDonald’s girl for a year because three unrelated casting directors hired me in McDonald’s commercials.”

Jenna Ortega
Jenna Ortega

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However, that’s not all as the commercials would then go on to assign specific foods to the girls in the commercials, and Ortega somehow always landed with apples.

“They would assign foods to the girls — okay, you’re fries, you’re nuggets, you’re apples — and every single time without fail, I was apples. Who goes to McDonald’s and wants the apples? It was like one of the most disappointing experiences of my life.”

Even though it’s already laughable that the fast food chain hadn’t realized they were hiring the same actress cyclically for a year, the situation was made funnier because of Ortega’s hattrick apple mishap.

Jenna Ortega Revisits Her High-School Prom at Disney

Being currently 20, Jenna Ortega faces the question of her high school prom experience, but owing to her Disney career, the actress felt compelled to finish the last few years of her schooling at home. However, Disney, at the same time, hosts their very own annual prom for the kids under the company’s employment. Although according to Ortega, the event feels more like a promotional opportunity than serving as an actual social function for teenage kids.

“I think they’re trying to make us feel normal but it’s just really awkward because you don’t know these kids and their parents are there and people are socializing and promoting. It’s a really sweet thing on Disney’s part but it’s a bit odd.”

Jenna Ortega in Wednesday
Jenna Ortega on Wednesday

Also read: “They try to make things normal but it’s so awkward”: Jenna Ortega of Wednesday Fame Reveals Disney Forces Young Stars to Attend Separate Prom Events to Socialize to Create More Disney Kids in the Process

Jenna Ortega’s weirdly popular McDonald’s apple commercials and Disney stint somehow finally paved the path for the young and rising star to reach Tim Burton’s gothic sets of Wednesday. In her relatively short term as the titular character, the actress has redefined Wednesday and dealt her own unique flavor to the series under Tim Burton’s direction.

Wednesday is available for streaming on Netflix.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.