In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Christie revealed that director Tim Burton asked Christie to help create the role — and all of Weems' characteristics. "He said, 'You can do whatever you like with the character, feel free to make it whatever you want and we'll keep talking about it,'" Christie said. "And that was an unbelievable opportunity from this great cinematic master."
With her influence in the role, Christie explained what her time as Weems meant to her personally. "It is the first time I've ever felt beautiful on screen," she added. "I cannot express my extreme gratitude more heartily to Tim and Colleen and our hair and makeup team. Colleen Atwood is rightfully a legend, and what she does is close to witchcraft in terms of transformation. It is an honor of my life to work with Colleen and to work with Tim."
In season 1 of Wednesday, which premiered on Netflix last week, Weems is a tough and protective principal with strict protocols in place. It's also revealed that she's a shifter — someone who can take the form of anyone or anything. In shaping the role, Christie was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock films.
"This idea kept coming to me of Larissa Weems being someone who was an outcast, who went to a school for outcasts, that was always second best and was always in Morticia's [Catherine Zeta-Jones] shadow," Christie said.
"What kept coming to me was this idea of this Hitchcock-style heroine, this screen siren, that maybe that young woman would look to our mystic portal, the cinema, to be an incarnation of her fantasies. And weirdly, Tim had exactly the same idea and so did Colleen Atwood."
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Wednesday is available to stream in full on Netflix now. For spoilers on Weems and Wednesday's finale fate, click here.