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.

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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.

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