Netflix stars answer Queue’s questions about creativity and craft.
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The actors who play Alyssa and Emma in the The Prom take their turns answering Queue’s Q’s.
Queue: What film or television performance made you fall in love with acting?
Jo Ellen Pellman: If I had to pick one, I would say our girl Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. I saw that film at a formative age. Everyone in that cast was so good, and it’s still one of my favorite movies.
Do you all remember what you wore to your first prom?
JEP: I thought I was so cute because I rented a Halston dress. It was red and it was off-the-shoulder, and I had some turquoise drop earrings, and I slicked back my hair. I thought I was at the Met Gala, I was so proud of myself. I was not at the Met Gala.
AD: The first prom I went to, I was a freshman. I wore a — I cannot believe my mother let me wear this — I wore this spaghetti-strap, kind of V-sumpin’-sumpin’ coral gown. The back was open, with rhinestones — three strands of them that held the dress together around the back. Where were the dress codes? Where were they? It had a slit and everything. I really felt like I was standing in my power. It was a very femme moment.What would be your dream song for a first dance at prom?
What was it like to be a part of such a stellar cast?
JEP: No exaggeration, every single day on set was the best day of my life — not only learning from all of these remarkable artists about, What is acting? How do you act a scene with Meryl Streep? but also just learning from them as humans. Each one of them is so kind and down-to-earth and welcoming. They made sure that I felt that I belonged there. I will always treasure that.
AD: Every role to me is a dream role. Alyssa was a dream, to be able to play a young queer girl of color. Yo, that’s a character. I never know what my dream roles are until they show up.What was your favorite on-set snack?
What is the last thing that you loved on Netflix?
JEP: The Great British Baking Show. It is everything. I intentionally watch it right before I go to sleep because then I will often have dreams about The Great British Baking Show.
AD: The Queen’s Gambit. Who knew a story about the chess world could be so compelling? It’s a beautiful, beautiful piece of art. The script is amazing. The performances are to die for. It’s just a brilliant story.
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