How Lisa Loring Brought The Creepy Kooky Role Of Wednesday Addams To Life
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Before the Addams Family made their first appearance in 1938, people could only see still images of them in The New Yorker. There, unrelated comics told the story of a bizarre family unconcerned with the opinions of others. But as this family grew in popularity, naturally, people wanted to bring them to a new dimension. That required a lot of careful casting, as now the outrageous had to be seen in real life. Everyone ended up bringing a solid performance, but one cast member stands out today: Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams.
Only Six Years Old During The Pilot Episode
The Addams Family played off of fun dynamics between very colorful characters. You have patriarch Gomez, mother Morticia raising Pugsley and Wednesday. The family then extends to Grandmama, Uncle Fester, Cousin Itt, and the Thing. For the longest time, Wednesday was the baby of the family and only daughter of Gomez and Morticia. To adapt her to a live-action show, they needed someone quite young. This actress had to deliver a solid performance and capture her young creepiness all in one. Enter Lisa Loring.
Delicate, dollish, while Wednesday Maintains a child full of woe
Wednesday Addams is a child of contradictions and clarity, whimsy and woe. Creator Charles Addams described her as “secretive and imaginative, poetic, seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums.” She loves things from rather separate categories, including lovely picnics and mysterious caves. All the while, she has a delicate, dollish appearance that highlights the whole family’s eeriness, all while actually being endearing.
When the Addams Family went from 2D to 3D as a TV series, they cast Lisa Loring to play Wednesday. During the show’s pilot, Wednesday is six. This puts Loring at the same age when the show debuted in 1964. She nailed the appearance but took a unique approach when mastering lines. Loring told the Sydney Morning Herald that she was too young to actually understand the lines she read for auditioning. “I learned to memorize before I could read,” she admitted.
Part of this family, a relationship with Lurch
Lisa Loring and Wednesday Addams may go hand in hand, but their backgrounds are wildly different. For as odd as they are, Gomez and Morticia are always a couple in the show, but Loring did not have that. Her mother, who brought her to auditions for the show, divorced from Loring’s father and died of alcoholism at the age of 34. Meanwhile, her fellow castmembers helped build fond memories for the child to look back on while and before this drama unfolded.
To a degree, they all even looked like a family. A thirteen-year-old might have gotten the role, but Lisa Loring looked so much like Morticia actress Carolyn Jones, it was simply meant to be. She has “fond memories” with all of them, but Ted Cassidy was reportedly her favorite. They are all gone now, except for Loring, who still finds it “surreal” when she sees a clip of Wednesday and Lurch on YouTube has millions of views. Check it out below!
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