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(Caucasian + African-American)


Starlight Music


Drummer of The Holograms


Fashion design


Bailey (adoptive mother)
Jerrica (foster sister)
Kimber (foster sister)
Aja (foster sister)

Played by

Aurora Perrineau
Wynter Perrineau (young Shana)


Jem and the Holograms (film)

For other uses, see Shana (disambiguation).

Shana is a character in the 2015 musical, fantasy, adventure film, Jem and the Holograms. She is the drummer of The Holograms and is loosely based on the character of the same name from the original '80s animated series, Jem.

She is portrayed by actress Aurora Perrineau.

Appearance and personality

Shana is biracial, being a mixture of Caucasian and African-American. When she was little, she had very curly hair; however, as a teenager, she now fashions a beautiful straight and long hairstyle. She is also the tallest of her sisters, easily standing out whenever they are together.

Shana became the most silent and calculating of the girls,
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Shana trying out a purple wig, in a homage to her original animated series counterpart.

always thinking "way outside the box" and usually coming out with better judgment than the rest of them. Additionally, she is also the most sensitive of them all and only the mere thought of being betrayed by someone she loves can be enough to break her heart. However, she is also a fast forgiver and will always be ready to give such people a second chance.

She is also a passionate "fashionista" (as Jerrica calls her) and can be usually seen in her room working on her sewing machine. This hobby has actually brought her a bit of trouble with her sisters, as she sometimes takes her clothes without permission and modifies them to her own liking. This trait usually makes her have the last word when it comes to the band's look, either if it is professionally or while rehearsing in the garage of their house.

Character biography

When she was just a little girl, Shana was adopted by Miss Bailey, along with another girl named Aja. Due to their father's premature death, Bailey's two nieces, Jerrica and Kimber, also came to live with them and together they formed one big loving family.

Shana learned to play the drums at a young age and when she reached her teens, she was already an avid drums player. When she moved to
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Shana joyfully playing her drums with her sisters.

Los Angeles after Jerrica managed to bring all of her sisters with her while pursuing a career in music, she became her drummer. However, the band disbanded when Jerrica accepted to sign a contract for a solo-career with Starlight Music. Fortunately, the band members mended their differences and reunited again shortly after. Shana was then formally presented as the main drummer for the band, which from that day onward was known as Jem and The Holograms.



  • The casting of Aurora Perrineau for the role of Shana brought heavy criticism, since she is biracial and the original character was African-American.
  • Wynter Perrineau, Aurora's little sister in real life, played the role of young Shana.

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