Many fans didn’t realize it, but in the 1st season of Wandinha, Jenna Ortega (almost) doesn’t blink! The protagonist only blinks in scenes of great emotion. Surprisingly, this interesting feature of the character came about “by chance”. In a Twitter post, Netflix revealed why.
“Smart, sarcastic and apathetic, Wandinha Addams may be a little dead inside, but at Escola Nunca Mais she will make friends, enemies and investigate murders”, states the official synopsis of Wandinha on Netflix.
Led by Jenna Ortega (X), Wandinha’s cast includes Catherine Zeta Jones (The Legend of Zorror), Luis Guzmán (Narcos), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Riki Lindhome (Knives Out).
We reveal below why Wandinha doesn’t blink in the Netflix series and how the showrunners invented this characteristic; check out.
Wandinha (almost) doesn’t blink in the Netflix series
In Wandinha, Jenna Ortega assumes a very important responsibility: honoring the legacy of the other Wednesday interpreters and imbuing the character with her own style.
The efforts paid off! Soon after debuting on Netflix, Wandinha started to appear in the Top 10 of the platform. Recently, the series broke Stranger Things’ record, becoming the most watched premiere on streaming.
One of Wandinha’s most interesting features is the fact that the character only blinks in scenes of great emotion.
In a post on Twitter, the official Netflix profile explained why Wandinha hardly blinks in the series.
“After recording a shot in which Wandinha doesn’t blink, Tim Burton was very happy with the result. And then, he told Jenna Ortega not to blink again in the role of Wandinha. And then, she didn’t blink, “commented the platform.
The only scenes in which Wandinha appears blinking are the moments when the character shows emotional vulnerability.
In a chat with Teen Vogue magazine, Jenna Ortega spoke about Tim Burton’s demands and discussed Wandinha’s recordings.
“The thing about blinking is that I didn’t realize I was doing it. This kind of happened by chance, because every time we started filming, I would ‘reset’ my face. It was kind of intimidating,” said the actress.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time Tim Burton has instructed an actress not to blink on set.
Eva Green, from the films Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows, was also told to “keep your eyes wide open” while filming.
“I don’t really like winks. And I don’t even know why,” said Tim Burton in a previous interview.
The 1st season of Wandinha, with Jenna Ortega in the lead role, is available on Netflix.
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