Why Wednesday Star Emma Myers Thought She Bombed Her Audition With Jenna Ortega

Of Netflix's most-watched shows, some, like the Regency-era drama "Bridgerton" and Season 4 of "Stranger Things," aren't surprising. For a while, it felt like social media was saturated with memes of Vecna and the public's general reaction to the Anthony-Kate romance  from the two beloved shows. Netflix's "Wednesday," a supernatural comedy featuring the titular Addams family daughter, felt like a sleeper hit when it rose to #3 on Netflix's most-watched shows of all time. "I knew it was gonna be big, but I didn't know it was gonna be that big," actor Emma Myers told Variety of her experience with the show.

In "Wednesday," Myers plays Enid Sinclair, a werewolf who befriends Jenna Ortega's Wednesday Addams when the latter attends Nevermore Academy. At first, the two roomies don't hit it off. Enid is Wednesday's foil, so think rainbow-bright colors to Wednesday's preferred black-and-white palette. But eventually, they come to respect and defend each other — and Enid is the one to save Wednesday's life when she's threatened by The Hyde.

Unlike their onscreen counterparts, Ortega and Myers were fast friends IRL. "We get along so well, I love Jenna," Myers said to Variety. "She's one of my closest friends. I think we have a different dynamic off-screen, but I still don't think it's any less important or deep or beautiful than Enid and Wednesday's." However, this is a relationship that almost wasn't, as Myers was apparently sure she'd bombed her "Wednesday" audition and wouldn't get the part.

Emma Myers worried about her chemistry read with Jenna Ortega

Some people are lucky enough to always know what they want to do for a career, and Emma Myers falls into this category. "Seeing the hobbits running around in New Zealand with these orcs chasing them, I was like, 'I want to do this so badly,'" Myers told Teen Vogue, remembering the time she saw a behind-the-scenes making of "Lord of the Rings." Naturally, "Wednesday" — with Tim Burton as its director, and its uplifting message of individuality in a conformist world — was something the actor felt was special right away. "['Wednesday'] wasn't something that had to convince me to be a part of it. It was me trying to convince everybody else to please let me be a part of it," she explained.

However, this was complicated by fears she'd botched her audition. Myers described her chemistry read with "Scream" star Jenna Ortega as something of a disaster. "I literally got off the call and started sobbing," she shared. Furthermore, the audition process itself was a long one. The "Girl in the Basement" star told Grazia Magazine that despite auditioning in February 2021, she didn't hear she'd nabbed the role until June. "It was a long, nerve-wracking process, but it was totally worth it," she said. And thankfully, that wonky chemistry read with Ortega proved to be just a fluke. "[Jenna is] incredible, I love her to death," Myers said, via J-14, adding that her bestie was also "an amazing scene partner."

Emma Myers was thrilled to land the part of Enid Sinclair

Due to her somewhat shaky audition (at least in her eyes), Emma Myers was shocked to hear she'd landed the part of Enid Sinclair. "I have never screamed so loud in my life," the actor told Grazia Magazine. Actually, it was Myer's agent who shared the happy news, though she couldn't resist teasing Myers in the process. "I answered the phone and my rep was like, 'Hold on, my phone's having some sort of issue, so I'll call you back in a second.' So she calls me back, and she's like, 'Do you think you'll have this problem when you're in Romania?'" Myers happily shared with Teen Vogue.

Thus far, the massive popularity of "Wednesday" has rocketed the 20-year-old to super-stardom overnight, but she's taking everything in stride. "My mom keeps telling me, 'This is the last time you can go out without washing your hair,'" the rising star joked before "Wednesday" hit Netflix. As for what's next, Myers is remaining tight-lipped on the next installment of the show, telling Variety she knows "squat." However, the lack of news from everyone's favorite werewolf hasn't stopped fans from speculating about what they want in Season 2: namely, a Jenna Ortega-Myers romance. And it looks like the girls agree! "In a perfect world, [Emma and I] would have been a thing," Ortega told Pride. So, is that confirmation? Here's hoping we might see some Wenclair when the show returns to Netflix!