Jenna Ortega says she had COVID-19 symptoms while filming 'Wednesday' scene

The revelations from the actress, who stars as Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix series, have led to fans calling out the toxicity of “grind culture.”
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HOPEFULLY PAUL WHELAN AND OTHERS TO HEAD HOME. >>> NOW TO OUR COVER STORY, JENNA ORTEGA REVEALING SHE HAS HAD COVID-19 SYMPTOMS WHILE FLIPPING A SCENE FROM HER HIT SERIES "WEDNESDAY" SPARKING A DEBATE ABOUT GRIND CULTURE. DeMARCO MORGAN IS HERE WITH MORE. >> Reporter: WE'VE SEEN SIGNS AROUND THE WORKPLACE. IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY HOME. ONE OF THE STARS OF A TOP SHOW ON NETFLIX REVEALED SHE HAD COVID WHILE FILMING ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT SCENES AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. ♪ IT'S THE DANCE SCENE THAT'S TAKING OVER THE INTERNET. MILLIONS ON TIKTOK RECREATING THE CHOREOGRAPHY PERFORMED BY NETFLIX'S "WEDNESDAY" STAR JENNA ORTEGA AS IT HOLES THE SPOT FOR THE THIRD MOST POPULAR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TV SERIES OF ALL TIME. >> I DON'T FEEL BETTER. >> Reporter: THIS MORNING, THE DANCE GOING VIRAL FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS. ORTEGA FACING BACKLASH AFTER REVEALING SHE HAD COVID WHILE FILMING THE FAMOUS SCENE. IT'S CRAZY BECAUSE IT WAS MY FIRST DAY WITH COVID SO IT WAS AWFUL TO FILM. I FELT LIKE I HAD BEEN HIT BY A CAR AND THAT A LITTLE GOBLIN HAD BEEN LET LOOSE IN MY THROAT AND WAS SCRATCHING THE WALLS OF MY ESOPHAGUS. THEY WERE GIVING ME MEDICINE BETWEEN TAKES BECAUSE WE WERE WAITING ON THE POSITIVE RESULT. FANS EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERN ONLINE CALLING ORTEGA'S ACTIONS IRRESPONSIBLE AND AN EXAMPLE OF GRIND CULTURE PUTTING WORK BEFORE HEALTH. >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DEFINITION OF GRIND AND HUSTLE, IT'S TELLING YOU THAT THERE REALLY IS NO ROOM IN YOUR LIFE FOR THAT BECAUSE IT'S ALL CONSUMING, LIKE THE OLD IDEAL WORKER IDEOLOGY WAS. ♪ >> Reporter: ORTEGA FURTHER REVEALING SHE WANTED TO GIVE THE SCENE ANOTHER CHANCE SAYING I ASKED TO REDO IT BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME. I THINK I PROBABLY COULD HAVE DONE IT A BIT BETTER. >> SOMETHING WRONG ABOUT THIS PLACE. >> Reporter: LEADING SOME TO WONDER IF THE SET PROMOTED UNHEALTHY WORKING HABITS. >> ARE YOU FEELING OKAY? YOU LOOK A LITTLE PALE. >> Reporter: A SPOKESPERSON FOR MGM TELLING ABC NEWS, STRICT COVID PROTOCOLS WERE FOLLOWED AND ONCE THE POSITIVE TEST WAS CONFIRMED, PRODUCTION REMOVED JENNA FROM THE SET. >> WHEN WE'RE SICK WE REALLY SHOULD BE MAKING THE TIME TO GET BETTER IN ORDER TO HELP OURSELVES TO RECUPERATE AND NOT SPREAD THE DISEASE. >> Reporter: NOW, ABC NEWS HAS REACHED OUT TO NETFLIX AND THE SHOW'S DIRECTOR BUT HAVE YET TO HEAR BACK. DESPITE THE BACKLASH THE SHOW IS STILL ON TRACK TO TAKE THE NUMBER TWO SPOT FOR THE MOST WATCHED SERIES ON NETFLIX

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