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Galore Magazine – Aubrey Peeples Brings “Studious” to Starlet


In order to prepare for her upcoming role in the fantasy-drama musical Jem and the Holograms, Aubrey Peeples is getting down to business in the best way possible – by watching an extensive amount of movies. No stranger to hard work, Peeples has twice-deferred from Harvard to pursue her acting career. She’s a 21-year-old from Florida known for starring in the wildly popular NBC series Nashville. Now as she prepares for her next role, she tells Galore about her most and least favorite movies and how she’ll choose between Leo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp.

Galore: What’s your favorite movie to watch when you’re sad?
Aubrey Peeples: My instinct is always to watch a Woody Allen movie, but I usually end up sadder than before. There is always The Lizzie McGuire Movie

G: What’s the first movie you remember seeing?
AP: I think it was The Lion King

G: Who was your first actor crush?
AP: This doesn’t really count, but Mr. Clean. He was the first “person” on TV I had a crush on. I was a strange child.

G: Leonardo DiCaprio or Johnny Depp
AP: I choose What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, so I get to have both.

G: What’s the worst movie you’ve seen in theaters?
AP: The Room! Keep your stupid comments in your pocket!

G: What’s one Rated R movie you remember dying to watch as a child?
AP: Saw

G: What movie gives you nightmares?
AP: The ones I’m in. Months after I wrap, I usually get a few recurring dreams where I’m back shooting and mess something huge up or get fired.

G: What movie do you wish you’d been the lead actress in?
AP: Pulp Fiction, duh.

G: What movie do you wish you directed?
AP: Beginners. Scott Pilgrim. SLC Punk. Annie Hall.

G: Who plays you in the movie of your life?
AP: I would really like to fool people into thinking I’m as cool as early 2000’s ScarJo or 90’s Winona Ryder. Either is acceptable.

G: What’s the most exciting part about working in the entertainment industry
AP: Getting to do something that touches so many people. We all just want to make an impression on someone, right? I like the quote from Reality Bites: “I’d like to somehow make a difference in people’s lives. And I… I would like to buy them all a Coke.”

G: How do you work on becoming the best actress you can be?
AP: By training constantly. I go over just about everything I work on with my acting coach, Kimberly Jentzen, and fit in extra lessons whenever I can. And of course, by watching an excessive amount of movies.


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A large budget can enhance the quality of the filmmaker’s story, but the budget has nothing to do with the actor’s talent to deliver the performance. In acting, it’s not about the venue, it’s about the freedom within to access character and emotion.

You can put an actor on an empty stage with a single light and the actor’s gift will emerge — because an actor needs only access to their imagination.

In fact, the more limits or boundaries you put on an actor, the more creative the actor will become. This is how great direction works. The director will give you a new way to act the scene and it is your freedom that will allow you to deliver it in such a way that the direction becomes genius. A great actor understands this flexibility. Your freedom allows you to inspire greatness in others and which brings the project up as a whole. This is true for writers, artists, poets, musicians and any artistic expression born from the gift to create.

All that an actor has is the sense of their own internal freedom to express; this freedom delivers confidence, depth, and the euphoria of a process that happens because it comes from you, and is held by you from within.

So how do you tap into your own freedom to create?

When you release judgment of yourself and your process, you are free to tap into the creative process. The less judgment you put on yourself in the process, the more freedom you will gain. The less you judge the script, other actors, or the direction, the more inspired you will be to deliver a performance that makes an impact.

Over the next two weeks, observe your judgments and begin allowing yourself to be more neutral to your process. Forgive your judgments and put them aside. Focus on the enjoyment of the process itself, and take the risks necessary to experience that source that lives inside – let the internal light within you, your instincts, be your guide.

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