In a few short years, Aubrey Peeples has excelled in every category in entertainment. Schön! meets her on the brink of super stardom, taking on the title role in the highly anticipated Jem and the Holograms.
For long-time fans of the ’80s animated series, the Jem and the Holograms movie will be a huge trip down memory lane, but for Aubrey Peeples, it all happened rather quickly. She had barely drawn breath from shooting Season 2 of Nashville when filming for Jem started. Not that she minded. “It was such a passion project,” she explains. “Everyone got involved right away, and all from a place of love. You could see the entire team’s devotion to what they were doing and excitement for the project itself.”
It helped that many of the people engaged in the film had been fans of Jem growing up. “It’s always amazing being involved with something that already has such a fan base,” Peeples enthuses. “There was a respect for the project on set and you could really feel the care that went into creating the movie. We all knew we were stepping into some big shoes.” Although the script stayed fairly true to the original, the writers did their best to apply modern details to bring it to life for a new, younger audience by, for example, adding the power of social media to the storyline. “Something that was not in the series was the way Jem goes viral on YouTube,” says Peeples, “but it is something very much relevant to today’s culture. I hope that people who grew up with this really feel like we did it justice and understand we are trying to make it more accessible to today’s youth.”
The music in the film is definitely new and fresh and Peeples does an excellent job in capturing the spirit of Jem. You can feel her excitement when she speaks of the time spent recording the vocals and meeting her own industry icons, including her favourite actress. “Oh my god, Juliette Lewis is an idol!” she exclaims. “I’m her biggest fan. I love all of her work.” The ingénue set about trying to befriend Lewis from day one: “I was like ‘Hi, I’m Aubrey. We’re going to be best friends!’ She was terrified,” Peeples laughs. “Now we actually are very good friends. It was a dream come true working beside her.” It’s uplifting to meet a young talent who sees these experiences with fresh eyes and a hungry spirit. Peeples put Harvard on hold to pursue a career in acting, singing and writing and, at this stage, can surely have no regrets. “I’ve never had a film premier in theatres across a nation before,” she says. “I’ve never done a press tour. I’ve never done anything like this! There are so many exciting and new experiences that are coming along with doing this film that I’m really looking forward to.”
Peeples has massive goals for 2016 and plans to achieve all of them. A huge lover of blues and jazz, she has been applying her writing talents to creating original music for a full length album. Although she has always written songs, it’s never been something she has stuck with until now. “I’ve been writing a lot of material, especially in the last year,” she explains. “I feel like I have really found my voice and have been writing with more of a purpose. I don’t quite know how that would work with my schedule, but I would eventually one day like to go on tour.” The lyrics that don’t get turned into music will eventually become a book of poetry she plans on publishing. Leaving no corner of her talent unexplored, Peeples is taking advantage of every minute in her day to create.