Luis Guzmán and Gwendoline Christie portray Gomez Addams and Larissa Weems in Wednesday. The series premieres November 23, only on Netflix. This year, at New York Comic Con, I had the pleasure of chatting with the actors during a roundtable interview!
The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.
I asked the talented duo about introducing this iconic family and legacy to a new generation as well as what that means to them personally.
“So here’s the deal, I grew up watching The Addams Family, I love The Addams Family. I used to run home from school just to watch The Addams Family. It was something that was just so brilliant, that was so kooky and spooky at the same time and it’s like this family can’t be true. Then seeing the film and seeing people like Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci, you know what I mean? That whole cast, and just coming full circle and getting a call from Tim Burton, ‘Would be my Gomez?’ It’s like, you know what, this is what dreams are made of. This is a show that you grew up on and now you’re a part of it, and you’re giving it a breath of new fresh air, a new life, a continuation and just to be, again, a part of it with an incredible cast of people, incredible writers, Tim Burton and Colleen Atwood, who did all of our wardrobe, the makeup team. I mean listen, man, this is an incredible effort by an incredible team of hundreds of people and they had the confidence in us to put us in front of the camera, to say, ‘be that family, be those characters,’” Guzmán explained to me. “We just really jelled together, we made it fun and I’m just happy to be here, and I tell you, man, I pinch myself every day, you know? This, for me, is what dreams are made out of and I’m happy to be part of it.”
“It’s the same feeling,” Christie expressed. “It was a genuinely extraordinary project to be a part of and also hugely collaborative, and when you work with a brilliant auteur like Tim Burton, you don’t necessarily expect to have such an incredibly collaborative experience about how you see your character, how you see the performance, how you see interaction and there was just so much good feeling on the set too. It wasn’t a feeling of trying to recreate anything. It was very much entering into the spirit of things as a group of newcomers, but I was always a huge fan of The Addams Family, a huge fan. I think it’s more relevant than ever because I think that people feel we’re all more open about the way that we feel and we often feel that that’s a truer representation of our families than something perhaps more conventional.”