Jem The Movie

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Before this Jem movie, several Hasbro brands have been turned into live-action movies: Transformers 4 times, G.I. Joe 2 times, Ouija, Battleship.

The original singing and speaking voices of Jem/Jerrica from the 80's cartoon, have cameo appearances in this movie. So does the original main writer Christy Marx.

Stephanie Scott said: "We had to keep it a secret, which was so hard, because we just wanted to show pics from the set and from practice, because we feel like a real girl band at this point. It's awesome!"

Ryan Guzman joined filming in the second week, right after filming the movie The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez.

Stephanie Scott revealed that she and Jem actress Aubrey Peeples have actually already played sisters prior to this movie. “I’ve known Aubrey since I was 10 and she was 13. We did the production of the ‘Sound of Music’ together, where we also played sisters — we hadn’t seen each other since. But, all of us have a really special bond, and I say that as genuinely as possible. I feel like we really became a big family.”

According to the costume designer of the movie, Soyon An: "For Jem aka Jerrica, she's indie rock-n-roll, but in a subtle, simple and fashionable way. Aja is totally punk rock and doesn't give a f*ck. Shana is a wannabe fashionista who's willing to try anything trendy and fabulous. Kimber is a girly-girl but in a tomboyish kind of way.".

According to, Stefanie Scott loves to go horse-back riding in her free time. Other hobbies included= writing songs, playing guitar and hanging out with her friends.

Some of the pop culture figures that inspired the look of the costumes in the movie were musicians like Guns N' Roses, Madonna and Gwen Stefani, and films like Almost Famous and The Runaways, according to Soyon An.

While the 80's cartoon had one speaking voice and another singing voice, that is handled by the same person in this movie, Aubrey Peeples.

The original music was not used in this movie, it had completely new music written especially for it.

Jerrica is actually played by two different actors in this movie, if you count the young version played by Isabella Kai Rice. Also Shana, and probably Kimber and Aja aswell, are also portrayed by younger actors. Wynter Perrineau, is infact the real life little sister of the actor of Aurora Perrineau who plays Shana.

According to Stephanie Scott, every morning at 4 a.m., when they were still shooting, Jon M. Chu would get on the microphone and let the extras come on stage and dance to help keep their energy up.

Starlight Music is replaced by Astral Recordings (based on the name of the character Astral) and/or Starlight Enterprises.

Jason Blum is perhaps known more for horror movies, like Paranormal activity and Insidious.

Scooter Braun is actually the man who discovered and represents Justin Bieber.

Stephanie Scott has said: "We had two weeks of rehearsal and band practice before we started shooting — I had to learn the keyboard. We were all really nervous on the first day of band practice because we never performed in front of so many people before. Also, we didn’t want to disappoint all of the ‘Jem’ fans, so it was nerve-wracking. But, after the first day of rehearsal, our choreographer had us stay an extra hour and go crazy by running around the room and doing a bunch of hair flips. Ever since then, I think it was a lot easier for us."

According to, Stefanie has modeled for the Swedish fashion company H&M in the past.

The movie had a $5 Million dollar budget, and was filmed in one month.

Ryan Guzman has a Mexican father, which corresponds with the assumed Mexican or atleast latino heritage of the cartoon character Rio, often depicted with slightly darker skin than Jerrica, and having the last name "Pacheco". Although a latino heritage was never officially intended for Rio, by the main cartoon writer Christy Marx, nor Hasbro. Guzman's mother, on the other hand, has English, Scottish, German, French, and Dutch ancestry.

Nathan Moore's role as Zipper is perhaps his biggest role yet, previously appearing in many smaller roles and short movies, aswell as writing and producing movies. He is quite tall at 6' 3" (1.91 m), and blonde, which makes him fit well as the role of a scary guy like Zipper. But he is not the tallest of the main cast, that's Nicholas Braun at 6' 6" (1.98 m).

According to the costume designer of the movie, Soyon An, brands featured in the movie are: Alexander McQueen, Rebecca Minkoff, Elizabeth and James, Coye shoes, and some Kitson designers.

Guzman plays the boyfriend of Audbrey, but in reality he is as much as six years older than her, a bigger different than between the characters in the original cartoon. As for the Holograms, they are all supposed to be the same age, except for Kimber, but the actresses ages differ as much as three years, but Kimber is the youngest though.

Hayley Kiyoko who plays Aja, actually played in a wellknown live-action version of a cartoon twice prior to Jem, as Velma in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

Unlike the character Hayley Kiyoko plays in this movie, Hayley does not have chinese heritage, but japanese, English and Scottish.

Just like the character she plays in Jem, Aja Leith, Hayley Kiyoko knows karate.

Hayley Kiyoko is no stranger to music, she had infact played drums for 17 years prior to filming this movie. Although in the movie, she is a guitar player, which is also an instrument she plays though. She also sings and dances. And she has been in a band prior to filming Jem, called Hede, named after her grandfather, and later in The Stunners, which was an all-girl singing and dancing group.

In an interview with by Awais Irfan at Stefanie revealed she actually auditioned for the movie Insidious: Chapter 3, already on the morning after the wrap party for the Jem and the Holograms movie.

According to Aubrey Peeples: “I can’t say exactly what’s going on with our looks yet, but there’s definitely a lot of pink involved.” Not to mention tons of vintage fabrics. “A lot of the pieces were handmade from scratch vintage of the ‘70s and 80’s. There are so many amazing costumes.”

This is not Jon M. Chu's first directed movie of a Hasbro/Sunbow brand. He infact directed the sequel movie of G.I. Joe in 2013. But this is the first Hasbro/Sunbow brand he is both producing and directing. He has directed as much as six music oriented movies prior to Jem and the Holograms. So I think we can definitely say he knows what he is doing.

Jon M. Chu had atleast (possibly more) worked togheter with the following people of the Jem and the Holograms movie prior to it: Ryan Landels, Ryan Guzman, Nicholas Braun, Scooter Braun, Nathan Lanier, Alice Brooks, Jillian Twigger Moul, Jennifer Scudder Trent, Ian Mohr, and Angelina Coscuna.

One of the producers, Stephen Davis, has previously been the producer on animated movies for other Hasbro brands, like My Little Pony, Tranformers, Kaijudo, Pound Puppies, Littlest Pet Shop, G.I. Joe, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends. He has also done a 3-episode documentary about Taylor Swift.

Producer, Brian Goldner, Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, has been one of the producers on several of Hasbro's live-action movies in recent years, including all four Transformers movies, Battleship, both G.I. Joe movies, and Ouija.

Producer Bennett Schneir, has been a producer of the Hasbro movies Ouija and Battleship prior to Jem.

Actress who plays Shana, Aurora Perrineau, is the daughter of Harold Perrineau, known from Oz (TV Series), Lost (TV Series) and Sons of Anarchy (TV Series).

Actress Juliette Lewis is a singer, who previously had her own band called Juliette and the Licks. She was nominated for an Academy Award, for best supporting actress, for her acting in the 1991 movie Cape Fear.

Tara Reid who played Melody Valentine in the Josie and the Pussycats live-action movie from 2001, appeared in the movie Sharknado along with the actress who plays Jem in this movie, Aubrey Peeples.

Aurora Perrineau is quite a bit taller than the rest of the girls, atleast 5 centimeters. Aubrey Peeples being the shortest of them all at 160 cm, same height as the original singer of Jem, Britta Phillips.

Ryan Guzman was not a singer before this movie, but actually did some singing in this movie. And the character Rio infact had some singing lines in the 80's cartoon aswell.

Also Stefanie Scott sings, and perhaps all of the girls sing in this movie.

This is not the first time characters are changed in looks and other characteristics. The 80's Jem cartoon itself was an interpretation of the dolls, with many differences in looks. Most 80's books were very different in every sense. And prior to this movie being released, a new comic series was launched by IDW Publishing, where many characters were changed in terms of looks, personality, sexual orientation, body sizes, other features and what not.

European fans were alot more positive than Americans according to the votes on international official trailer uploads on Youtube, and more positive than negative.

The release of the movie trailer in May 2015, caused the visitor amount on Jem fan sites to double over night. And the official movie trailers received several millions views on Youtube in less than a month.

This is a new version of Jem and The Holograms in many ways. Re-inventing their story, changing the logo, changing makeup and hairstyles and haircolors of the characters, changing some relations, excluding some characters, re-naming Starlight Music, toning down the usage of holograms.

Main characters that were not included in this movie is Raya of Jem and the Holograms, who was introduced later in the original cartoon series. The Misfits, only included in secondary roles at the end. The manager of the Misfits, Eric Raymond is not included. Nor the Starlight girls. According to producer Jason Blum, there was no rights issue preventing them from including the Misfits. Whether it was a rights reason that stopped them from using characters created by 80's cartoon writer Christy Marx, like Eric Raymond, is unknown. But Eric is replaced by a female version called Erica Raymond, played by Juliette Lewis. The character Mrs. Bailey was changed into Aunt Bailey.

In this movie, the character Jem plays a guitar for the first time, something she never did in the cartoon. But according to the shows bible, she could play guitar.

Hayley Kiyoko's mother, Sarah Kawahara, is a canadian figure skater and Emmy winner, who together with Kenny Ortega choreographed the Opening Games of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, of which Hayley Kiyoko took part in as an ice skater. Hayley also performed as an ice skater in the 2007 film Blades of Glory, also choreographed by her mother.

According an interview with Aubrey Peeples, by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, the movie crew flew Jem fans from Australia (perhaps other locations aswell), to take part of the shows they did as a band.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Aubrey, Aurora and Stefanie's favorite part of making the movie was the performances, since they had rehearsed so long.

According an interview with Stefanie Scott by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, it took about 3 hours to get their hair and makeup done for the performance scenes. And the hair and makeup was Hayley's favorite part of making this movie.

According an interview with Ryan Guzman, by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, two of his friends were in the movie, dancing behind Aubrey for her solo, Nick Stewart and Philip Shabeeb. This scene took place in a huge garage, and was one of Ryan's favorite performances in the movie.

According an interview with Ryan Guzman, by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Ryan enjoyed the scenes with the Synergy robot and thought it was cute. He also liked the chemistry of the girls.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Jon M. Chu grew up among many women, he considers his mom a very strong woman, and he is the youngest siblings among several sisters. And he thinks the important aspects of Jem and the Holograms is family, rather than glamour, glitter, fashion and fame.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Hayley Kiyoko wore blue contact lenses for the performance of the song Youngblood, and that was her favorite look in the movie.

According to an interview with Hayley Kiyoko by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, the Synergy robot was handled by a male puppeteer.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Aurora Perrineau is not a singer, but she had become really comfortable with the other girls, and they made her feel open and welcome.

Hayley Kiyoko was a singer even before this movie and has a song on the soundtrack called "Moviestar".

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Aubrey Peeples felt honored to be part of something that was so iconic.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Aubrey Peeples had never worn clothes this extravagant and as much performance wear before.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Stefanie says she and Aubrey was very excited about Molly Ringwald being in this movie.

According an interview with Stefanie Scott by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, the girls had to sing live throughout alot of it.

According an interview by the Youtube channel ScreenSlam, Jon M. Chu wanted to do something different with this movie but keep the essence from the cartoon.

According an interview by the Youtube channel Bonnie Laufer Krebs, Ryan Guzman knew little to nothing about Jem before this movie.

According an interview by the Youtube channel Bonnie Laufer Krebs, Ryan Guzman was almost trying to talk Jon M. Chu out of auditioning him because of the singing. But then he heard someone else sing for the part and got curious and wanted to tackle his fear of singing, so he did a 15 min vocal lesson in the back of an alley, and he got to do his own singing in the movie.

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