Ash­lyn Pearce (ex-aly)

Bud­ding di­rec­tor Ash­lyn Pearce (ex-aly, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL) is bring­ing her vi­sion to life

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son

It wasn’t just THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’S Aly who changed when she was rein­tro­duced to the can­vas as a teen. Por­trayer Ash­lyn Pearce evolved, too. “That was my first con­tract role, and I went into it as a bright-eyed, young girl,” she re­flects. “In the be­gin­ning, Aly was silly, dorky and all those things that I am, too, so I learned a lot about my­self through play­ing her.”

Over time, Aly de­vel­oped into a force to be reck­oned with, and un­like her fa­ther in the past, she wasn’t about to be si­lenced. “Aly be­lieved in women be­ing al­lowed to make their own de­ci­sions and still be­ing beau­ti­ful even though they didn’t want to be por­trayed as sexy… It was a dif­fer­ent ap­proach,” Pearce says. “She was all about not be­ing bul­lied.

“To­ward the end, she did take it to an ex­treme,” she ad­mits, “but you can’t re­ally be too up­set about her view­point!”

Desert Dreamer

While Aly even­tu­ally went to a dark place be­fore dy­ing dur­ing a scuf­fle with St­effy in 2015, Pearce saw the light for her own fu­ture. In ad­di­tion to act­ing and con­tin­u­ing her mod­el­ing ca­reer, she’s also carved out a new role for her­self be­hind the cam­era as a di­rec­tor. Her first ven­ture is the newly re­leased mu­sic video for “Life In Rearview” by singer Kara Con­nolly. “The con­cept was fe­male em­pow­er­ment,” Pearce of­fers. “It’s about this girl who has bro­ken up with her boyfriend and is in the process of let­ting go of that.”

Shoot­ing in Cal­i­for­nia’s Mo­jave Desert proved chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially for a first­time di­rec­tor, but Pearce says that the re­sult was worth it. “We had ev­ery­thing: a drone team, a full cam­era team, a fire! My fam­ily has this motto: Be­gin as you mean to go on. And that’s what we did. I’m so ex­cited about how it turned out.” Check out the video on Pearce’s new Youtube chan­nel.

Com­ing Soon!

Hav­ing that footage to show led the ac­tress to her next di­rect­ing job: an as-yet-un­ti­tled, 10-episode dig­i­tal se­ries that will ex­plore the ridicu­lous­ness of nav­i­gat­ing the hous­ing mar­ket. “It’s very cute. I love the story!” she en­thuses. “We’ll be shoot­ing that some­time in win­ter.”

Pearce is also look­ing for­ward to the re­lease of For­eign Ex­change, the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller in which she plays a piv­otal role. In the mean­time, she’s busy learn­ing Ja­panese, en­joy­ing what she de­scribes as her many “nerdy” in­ter­ests and ac­tively au­di­tion­ing. “I’m so blessed that I was able to do day­time when I did,” she says. “I re­ally feel like it set the stage for my en­tire ca­reer.”

Hav­ing been in an act­ing class with Zach Con­roy (ex-oliver) prior to join­ing B&B, the alumna re­veals, “We were al­ready very close friends… We had such a fun time cre­at­ing this very sweet and in­no­cent ro­mance on the show.”

The mu­sic video Pearce di­rected “looks ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble,” she en­thuses. “Hon­estly, it ex­ceeded all of my ex­pec­ta­tions.”

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