By Ryan Sy
Each person has their own taste in music and style, however, one Wall High School alumna’s knack for music has propelled her to a Guild of Music Supervisors award for one television show she works on.
Jen Malone, a 1994 Wall High School graduate, is continuing to make her mark in television and film. She has worked on many different television shows such as FX’s “Atlanta,” which was created by and stars Donald Glover, also known as by his musical alias Childish Gambino. In February, however, Malone won an award from the Guild for Music Supervisors in the category of Best Music Supervision for a Television Drama. The show she is the music supervisor for that won the award is HBO’s teenage drama “Euphoria,” headlined by former Disney star Zendaya, who plays MJ in the “Spider-Man” film series and appeared in the movie “The Greatest Showman.”
“Zendaya is one of the kindest, professional, talented actresses I have ever worked with,” Malone said. “She comes with focus, yet a sense of humor and warmth to the set. Playing a character like Rue is not easy, but she nails it!”
Malone does not just work in television. She also has worked on movies which include “Creed II,” which is a spinoff sequel to the “Rocky” movies, which she partnered with Michael B. Jordan of “Black Panther” fame.
Currently, Malone is working on several new projects which include season 2 of “Euphoria,” season 3 of “Atlanta,” “King of Staten Island,” which stars comedian Pete Davidson, who is famous for his work on Saturday Night Live, AMC’s newest show “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” which features Jason Segal, one of the stars of “How I Met Your Mother,” and a new Amazon show called “The Wilds.” Malone continues to make a name for herself out in Hollywood after sitting in the same desks and walking through the halls that current Wall students roam today.
“It is incredible for all my hard work to be recognized by my peers for the award,” Malone added. “I’m so grateful to be able to work on such amazing projects that value music and are truly up for anything.”
“I was not aware! That’s really cool,” said Wall senior Nicole Pinnella, who exercises her musical talent for the songwriting club, and also hopes to make a career of it. She is also in the middle of a statewide contest for writing songs about drug use. “I plan to attend Elizabethtown College next year to study Musical Therapy. Musical Therapy uses music to help people who have disabilities, such as autism, dementia, and PTSD. I’m very excited to keep music in my life!”