By Elizabeth Keenan
Every hero has a nemesis. In the world of 1980s cartoons, He-Man battled Skeletor, GI Joe combated Cobra Commander, and Optimus Prime routed Megatron. And Jem and the Holograms faced rival band the Misfits every week.
The Misfits, led by Pizzazz, weren’t just mischievous, though one of their songs was “Makin’ Mischief.” In fact, they were sometimes downright evil—in the first episode, the Misfits nearly run Jem and the Holograms off a cliff, showing no remorse. As the series went on, one of the Misfits, Stormer, showed a more sensitive side. Not so with Pizzazz: she was revealed as a petulant, spoiled rich girl Phyllis Gabor, whose father showered her with money—but not love, leaving her constantly craving attention and power.
Patricia Albrecht, the speaking voice of Pizzazz, tells MTV Geek what it was like to play a truly, outrageously evil character in the show.
Geek: What was it like playing the baddest of bad characters on Jem?
Patricia Albrecht: I call it, “the Alexis Carrington of cartoons.” It was very fun. What a great way to spew expletives—that were never recorded. What a great way to be the antithesis of who I usually am in real life. It was very fun. It was very wild. Great way to be angry and petulant spoiled and act out all the sides of a human being that are not politically correct.
Geek: What are some of your favorite moments from the series?
Albrecht: The whole experience was just fun. We got to come in and read through the script. What was really fun was to see the storyboards laid out as we are rehearsing the script and seeing just the pieces of pictures and then reading the lines and having Wally Burr, our director, explain a little more about what was going on, and then bringing that to life. And we got to record for the most part ensemble. That adds so much to the energy of the episode. If you work together, it has a great theatrical sense. For the most part we did record from top to bottom, which was nice too. Read More...