Jo Ellen Pellman from the promenade about filming the grand finale and Ryan Murphy

And what was it really like doing a big musical number with James Corden in a mall?


If you’re looking for something fun and uplifting to take your mind off of how terrible 2020 was, I can suggest checking it out Ryan Murphys Star adaptation of the successful Broadway musical The prom. Written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, The prom is about a group of Broadway stars who gather behind a teen who just wants to go to prom with her friend in a small Indiana town. Loaded with catchy songs, an all-star cast (Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and Jo Ellen Pellman) and extremely well crafted music numbers, The Prom was exactly what I needed this year.

Shortly after watching The Prom, I spoke to Jo Ellen Pellman. During the long-range interview, Pellman spoke about what it was like to prepare and film the grand finale when she found out she was getting her first big role, her favorite song, what it was like to do a big music number with James Corden in a mall filming If she was really nervous the first few days of shooting what it meant to be part of a project that advocates inclusion and diversity and more

Check out what she had to say below, and further down the page you will find the official round-up and exactly what we were talking about. The prom is now streamed on Netflix.

Jo Ellen Pellman:

  • I jokingly ask her how much she paid to be in the movie?

  • How did she find out she got the part?

  • What does it mean to be part of a project that advocates inclusion and diversity?

  • What was it like to prepare and film the grand finale?

  • What was it like doing a big music act with James Corden in a mall?

  • Does she have a favorite song?

  • How long did she work with Nicole Kidman before raising Moulin Rouge?

  • Have you created a group text?

  • What was she nervous about the first few days of shooting?

Here is The Prom’s official recap:

Dee Dee Allen (three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony winner James Corden) are New York stage stars with a crisis in their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a big flop that suddenly flattened their career . In the small town of Indiana, the schoolgirl Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) experiences a completely different heartbreak: Despite the support of the school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry) Washington), she has forbidden her friend Alyssa ( Ariana DeBose) to attend the prom. When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect reason to revive her public pictures, they set off with Angie (Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors who looking for a professional lift. But when their selfish celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives excited as they gather to give Emma a night out to really celebrate who she is.


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