In November last year actress Melissa Barrera saw herself fired from the seventh “Scream” film following some comments she made on social media regarding the conflict in the Middle East.
Barrera’s costar, Jenna Ortega, exited shortly after due to scheduling conflicts with the second season of “Wednesday”.
Ortega’s decision was reportedly in the works before Barrera’s firing, but that hasn’t stopped chatter the exit was in support of her co-star and on screen ‘sister’.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Barrera has spoken about her exit in reflection, saying Spyglass’ decision to remove her was ‘shocking’ but she’s made peace with it:
“I think everything that happened was very transparent on both sides, and I know who I am, and I know that what I said always came from a place of love and a place of humanity and a place of human rights and a place of freedom for people, which shouldn’t be controversial.
It shouldn’t be up for debate. So, I’m very at peace. The people who know me in my family know the truth about me and where I stand, and I think most people in the world also do.”
She also praised Ortega for her support and friendship:
“Listen, Jenna is a good egg. She’s a good person and we love each other. She would show up for me, and I would show up for her no matter what.”
Shortly after their exit, the film’s director Christopher Landon also left the project which he dubbed a “dream job that turned into a nightmare”.
It’s expected the new film will undergo a major creative overhaul.