What 16 People Who've Worked With Christina Ricci Said About The Experience

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Christina Ricci is known for unforgettable 1990s roles like Kat in Casper and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Through the early 21st century, she took on grittier and more daring parts, all of which helped distinguish her as a performer. 

Ricci's appearances in independent movies and her propensity to play unusual characters have set her apart amid the Hollywood landscape. She's actually pretty fascinating, which is why we wanted to know about what she's like behind the scenes.

What we learned from the people who have worked with Ricci was insightful and, honestly, it makes us think she's even more of a bada**. Take a look and see for yourself.

  • Samuel L. Jackson Was Around Half-Naked Ricci So Much, He Stopped Noticing
    Photo: Black Snake Moan / Paramount Vantage

    On the set of 2006's Black Snake Moan, Ricci spent a lot of time exposed - literally and figuratively. Her character Rae Doole was held captive by Samuel L. Jackson's character Lazarus, chained to a radiator in half a shirt and very little else. 

    According to Jackson, Ricci's half-naked appearance while making the movie didn't even phase him after a while:

    Well, you know after about I guess an hour of looking at Christina in those little panties and that shirt, you kind of get over it. That's what she had on every day and she didn't put on a robe between shots and hide… She just kind of hung out, so you get over it pretty quickly.

    The great thing was that during the rehearsal period, Christina and I developed this really interesting bond, and interesting trust, that kind of allowed her to kind of go anywhere she wanted to. I'd support her to the point where as an actor or as Samuel L Jackson I became another sort of Lazarus figure.

    Jackson's reaction was exactly what Ricci wanted. She intentionally walked around wearing next to nothing:

    It was really necessary for the crew to be used to it because I was playing someone who has no sense of her body and places no value on her body. Her body has never done anything but cause harm and she has no regard for herself so she wouldn’t care if she were clothed or not…. 

    I stayed the way I would be for the scene all the time in order to get the crew really used to seeing me that way so that I was comfortable - not only was I comfortable but I would look at anybody’s face and not see them uncomfortable - because if someone else is uncomfortable, it makes you feel like you’re doing something wrong.

  • Ricci brought the macabre, gothic character of Wednesday Addams to the big screen in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). 

    She was a natural fit for Wednesday; director Barry Sonnenfeld said she was so good that he knew Ricci "had it in the bag" at the audition for The Addams Family. Her effect on Sonnenfeld and the first movie didn't stop there. According to Sonnenfeld, Ricci became a spokesperson of sorts, explaining to everyone how the plot needed to unfold:

    She was such a brilliant spokesperson that we rewrote 20 pages of the script.

    He also noted Ricci's talent while shooting the Addams Family movies:

    Well, she was brilliant. Remember the scene where Fester puts Wednesday to bed, and she folds her arms and rests her hands on her shoulders like a dead person? That was totally Christina's idea. And she was what - 11? There were lots of things like that.

    Sonnenfeld echoed these sentiments when discussing Ricci's influence on the second film in the series, Addams Family Values:

    We knew that Christina had become gold, so of course, we used her a lot… We actually turned to her more than once, for her intelligence, her story sense, her acting. She's sort of scarily bright.

    Producer Scott Rudin added, “She basically wrote the story for the second one.”

  • Johnny Depp Described Kissing Ricci As 'Twisted'
    Photo: Sleepy Hollow / Paramount Pictures

    Johnny Depp and Ricci have appeared in multiple movies together, including Sleepy Hollow (1999) and The Man Who Cried (2000). When making Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, the long friendship between Depp and Ricci stood out to both of them - but not necessarily in a way that helped when it was time to get intimate

    Depp and Ricci met on the set of Mermaids - Ricci's first movie - when Depp paid a visit to his girlfriend at the time, Winona Ryder. Ricci was 9; Depp was in his mid-20s. As a result, future intimate scenes together were incredibly awkward. 

    Depp put it this way:

    I met Christina when she was nine years old and when you have to regard that person you met at the age of nine as a love interest it's a little [uncomfortable]. Working on Sleepy Hollow we gradually allowed ourselves to get to the stage where it wasn't so...twisted.

    Ricci didn't disagree when talking about filming romantic scenes with Depp:

    We work well together and get along so well it's comfortable… I don't know if we could work together again. It might get a little crazy. He is so protective of me, like an older brother, that it's a bit weird to be faking having sex with him. But we know each other well enough to laugh about it. He always joked about us rooting round like pigs.

  • Monstrous, released in 2022, features Ricci as Laura Butler, a mother trying to keep her son safe from several different kinds of monsters, so to speak. When Chris Sivertson took on directing duties for Monstrous, he knew he'd be working with Ricci. As they worked together on the small-budget horror flick, Sivertson found her instincts about the character to be “deeply intuitive.” 

    While the role was intense, as Sivertson put it, Ricci was “able to delve into deep and dark emotions very quickly and then she’s able to let go of those feelings just as quickly – at least that’s how it seemed from my perspective. That ability of hers made for a very enjoyable working experience.”

    He was especially impressed that amid: 

    …some pretty depressing stuff, her professionalism and wicked sense of humor kept things fun on set. That was important because we had so many logistical challenges in making a pretty ambitious low budget movie during the height of the pandemic. The crew loved her.

    In the end, Sivertson admitted, “It’s hard not to like her.”