Aubrey Peeples is about to blow up, so let’s get familiar with her now. The young actress can currently be seen alongside Nicolas Cage in the new thriller RAGE, and was recently cast as the lead character in JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS. You also might know her for her turn as Layla in ABC’s “Nashville”; or perhaps you were one of the many millions who watched as she outran flying sharks in SHARKNADO last year. Aubrey obviously doesn’t do the same old thing every time out.
In the below interview, Aubrey and I discuss her experience working alongside Cage, the unexpected SHARKNADO phenomenon, her big JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS break, and what she’d be doing if she weren’t an actress.
What was it like working with Nicolas Cage?
Oh, it was great. He’s super professional. Getting to watch him work was so cool. It’s great to see talented people like him be so nice, it was wonderful.
Do you have any really memorable Nic Cage stories?
The first time I met him, I was playing the dead corpse version of myself. Hope that’s not a giveaway, it’s in the trailer. I was on the table looking like I was murdered, and he walks in and said it was the oddest way he’d ever met a co-star. I was just laying there and said, “Oh, hi Nicolas Cage!” Then he was crying over me and I was trying not to move or breath.
Do you think you’d go all vigilante if someone hurt a person that you loved?
I don’t know, I have no idea. I’m definitely the person among my friends who stands up for them, but I don’t know how far I’d go. I try to be a law-abiding citizen. [Laughs]
Your character gets into some naughty business when her parents are away; is that something you can relate to or were you a good girl?
I didn’t really have time to get into a lot of trouble growing up because I was always working, I’ve always been a hard worker. I never went to a high school party, but I think regardless of who you are you can relate to rebelling against your parents. Every teenager can relate to that.
Was it difficult growing up in the business, were you a normal teenager?
Definitely. I went to school the whole way through, I wasn’t home schooled. I was lucky enough to go to a private school and they were really lenient with my schedule, which was amazing. I think part of the reason was obviously because it was a private school, but I was also working hard at it. I was super studious, the biggest nerd. I was working a lot during school, so I did missed some of it. I actually shouldn’t advertise that. [Laughs]
Being that your profile is rising, have you googled yourself lately?
Nah, I try not to because there’s always something embarrassing. God forbid there should be something negative; I don’t think you should surround yourself with that sort of thing. I mean, I have, I’m not going to lie and say that I never have. [Laughs]
Of course you were in SHARKNADO last year; is that an unexpected badge of honor now?
Yeah! I’m so obsessed with it. None of us were expecting for it to get the following it did. We knew there’d be a cult following, because The Asylum has a following. It’s so outrageous and fun, how can you not have fun watching sharks falling from the sky? We weren’t expecting the whole world to be into it. The other day I was wearing a SHARKNADO t-shirt, it says, “I survived SHARKNADO,” and someone said to me, “Oh my God, have you seen that film?” I said, “Yeah, I have!” I asked if they had seen it and they said “Not yet” and gave me a look. It’s sort of iconic now, I’m extremely honored to be a part of it.
Are you looking forward to the sequel?
Yeah, I am. I’m not involved with the sequel, but I cannot wait to see what they get up to.
You’re starring in JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; how exciting is it be a part of something like that?
It’s just a huge honor. It was such a cool thing in the 80s, these women rockers fighting crime, how can you not want to be a part of that? I feel guilty almost, I can’t believe this opportunity has been given to me. It’s going to have an audience going into it, because people grew up with the cartoon. And on top of that, I think we’re going to get a new demographic who will just like the film itself. We’re going to make it accessible to today’s culture as well as to those people who grew up watching the show. It’s just so exciting to be a part of something like this, hopefully people will really enjoy it.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t acting?
I think if I didn’t act and sing I’d be a very different person. Those things are just such huge parts of my life. As cheesy as it sounds, they’re my passions, and I think passions are what make up the individual. I really like to write, too. I sound like such a douchey actor, “Yeah, I write too.” [Laughs] What I was originally going to do was something involved with being a freelance editor. For a newspaper or magazine. I’m a big grammar nerd, so that’s something I wanted to do on the side. I feel like I was thinking about this the other day.
What do you do for fun?
I like to put myself in dangerous situations. [Laughs] I went hand-gliding the other day. Things like that.
Well that's very cool! Thanks for the great talk!
Thanks a lot!
You can follow Aubrey on Twitter right HERE. RAGE is currently on VOD and hits limited theaters on July 11th.