Jenna Ortega had to stop being a vegan after taking role of Wednesday

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Jenna Ortega has seemingly joined a long list of fellow actors who take their roles incredibly seriously - as she recently revealed her latest role as Wednesday Addams forced her to give up veganism.

The 20-year-old actress portrays the titular character in director Tim Burton's latest project Wednesday, which hit Netflix last week and has already taken social media by storm.

It's a fresh take on the Addams Family - which was first introduced to readers in the 1930s as a comic strip in The New Yorker and, eventually, became the subject of two hit movies in the 90s, starring Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci.

Burton has modernized the family, choosing to focus the whole series on the gothic clan's eldest child Wednesday Addams and her life as a student at a boarding school for misfits. In the show, she learns to harness her growing psychic powers and works to solve a cold murder case involving her parents Gomez and Morticia.

The US-born Puerto Rican and Mexican actress - who has previously discussed the pride she feels portraying a Latina character on screen - recently spoke about the filming process to Wired, where she explained that she had to give up veganism for her role.

During the interview, which was clipped by Peeky, Ortega reads an interview question that says: "Is Jenna Ortega vegan?"

"I was vegan for a really long time," she explained. "But I stopped being vegan when I went to Romania to shoot Wednesday actually because the food is very different there, and I don't think that I was meeting my nutrient requirements so I started eating fish again.

"So I'm currently pescatarian," she added.

Her explanation prompted discussion in the video's comments section, where numerous users shared their opinions.

"She probably accidentally got deficient in something and a doctor recommended she add fish back into her diet to fix it, that's what usually happens. Could be done without fish but it's the easiest way to fix the deficiency. Glad she's ok, deficiencies can be scary depending what it was, and she was away from home [sic]," someone wrote.

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Another user, evidently from Romania, empathized with Ortega's difficulty staying vegan, adding: "Romanian here!!! And as I know, we're pretty much 'gourmet' really. Like most of our traditional dishes are prepared based on meat so, being vegan in Romania is not impossible, but still really hard to achieve."

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Ortega is not alone in her experience. Many vegans are encouraged to take supplements for vitamins that aren't found in plants - including B12.

There has also been an increase in plant milks fortified with B12, however, and the vitamin can also be found in nutritional yeast.

Featured image credit: Sipa USA / Alamy

Jenna Ortega had to stop being a vegan after taking role of Wednesday

vt-author-image

By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

Jenna Ortega has seemingly joined a long list of fellow actors who take their roles incredibly seriously - as she recently revealed her latest role as Wednesday Addams forced her to give up veganism.

The 20-year-old actress portrays the titular character in director Tim Burton's latest project Wednesday, which hit Netflix last week and has already taken social media by storm.

It's a fresh take on the Addams Family - which was first introduced to readers in the 1930s as a comic strip in The New Yorker and, eventually, became the subject of two hit movies in the 90s, starring Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci.

Burton has modernized the family, choosing to focus the whole series on the gothic clan's eldest child Wednesday Addams and her life as a student at a boarding school for misfits. In the show, she learns to harness her growing psychic powers and works to solve a cold murder case involving her parents Gomez and Morticia.

The US-born Puerto Rican and Mexican actress - who has previously discussed the pride she feels portraying a Latina character on screen - recently spoke about the filming process to Wired, where she explained that she had to give up veganism for her role.

During the interview, which was clipped by Peeky, Ortega reads an interview question that says: "Is Jenna Ortega vegan?"

"I was vegan for a really long time," she explained. "But I stopped being vegan when I went to Romania to shoot Wednesday actually because the food is very different there, and I don't think that I was meeting my nutrient requirements so I started eating fish again.

"So I'm currently pescatarian," she added.

Her explanation prompted discussion in the video's comments section, where numerous users shared their opinions.

"She probably accidentally got deficient in something and a doctor recommended she add fish back into her diet to fix it, that's what usually happens. Could be done without fish but it's the easiest way to fix the deficiency. Glad she's ok, deficiencies can be scary depending what it was, and she was away from home [sic]," someone wrote.

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Credit: YouTube.com

Another user, evidently from Romania, empathized with Ortega's difficulty staying vegan, adding: "Romanian here!!! And as I know, we're pretty much 'gourmet' really. Like most of our traditional dishes are prepared based on meat so, being vegan in Romania is not impossible, but still really hard to achieve."

wp-image-1263182670 size-full
Credit: YouTube.com

Ortega is not alone in her experience. Many vegans are encouraged to take supplements for vitamins that aren't found in plants - including B12.

There has also been an increase in plant milks fortified with B12, however, and the vitamin can also be found in nutritional yeast.

Featured image credit: Sipa USA / Alamy