Jo Ellen Pellman
|Born||1994 or 1995 (age 27–28)|
|Education||University of Michigan (BFA)|
|Known for||The Prom|
Early life and education
Jo Ellen Pellman was born in Ohio and grew up in Cincinnati. She was raised by a single mother. Growing up, she was in her school's choir, studied tap and ballet, and went to theater camp.
Pellman graduated in 2018 from the University of Michigan with a BFA in musical theatre and a minor in creative writing. While training, she played roles in Me and My Girl, The Drowsy Chaperone and Grand Concourse. She has also studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Ryan Murphy cast Pellman as the protagonist of The Prom named Emma Nolan, after a nationwide search, in her film debut opposite of Ariana DeBose. Murphy said, "She spoke very movingly about being a queer woman and having a gay single mom who raised her. I remember she walked out and I was just like, 'Thank God, that's over — we've found our girl.'" It was her first film.
In December 2020, Pellman and DeBose launched the Unruly Hearts Initiative. The initiative was created to help young people connect with organisations and charities that advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
|2019||Alternatino with Arturo Castro||Episode: "La Pulga"|
|The University||Mary Brandt||Episode: "Silences"|
|The Deuce||Bree||Episode: "This Trust Thing"|
|The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Girl #2||Episode: "It's Comedy or Cabbage"|
|2020||The Prom||Emma Nolan||Film debut|
Awards and nominations
|2020||Hollywood Critics Association||Star on the Rise||The Prom||Won|||
- Jo Ellen Pellman's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CVnlFbtLHtd/?hl=en [date missing]
- Gonzalez, Alex (December 10, 2020). "Jo Ellen Pellman Loved The Prom On Broadway. Now She's Its Film Lead". MTV News. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
- Nordstrom, Leigh (December 11, 2020). "Meet Jo Ellen Pellman, the Breakout Cast as Lead Alongside Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman". WWD. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Smith, Josh (December 17, 2020). "The Prom star and GLAMOUR UK's December digital coverstar Jo Ellen Pellman on coming out & being proud". Glamour. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
- Brody, Caitlin (December 11, 2020). "Getting to Know Jo Ellen Pellman, the Breakout Star of Netflix's The Prom". Glamour. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
- Fierberg, Ruthie (December 5, 2019). "5 Things You Need to Know About Netflix's The Prom Star Jo Ellen Pellman". Playbill. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Lefkowitz, Andy (November 25, 2019). "Jo Ellen Pellman to Star as Emma in The Prom Film". Broadway.com. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
- Bahr, Sarah (December 11, 2020). "New Star of 'The Prom' Sees a Chance to Make L.G.B.T.Q. Characters Visible". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Meyer, Dan (December 14, 2020). "The Prom Stars Ariana DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman Launch Unruly Hearts Initiative". Playbill. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
- Magidson, Joey (December 21, 2020). "The Hollywood Critics Association Releases Their Initial Wave Of Honorary Awards". www.hollywoodnews.com. Retrieved December 21, 2020.