Jem and The Holograms’ Aubrey Peeples

With the movie Jem And The Holograms (based on the 80’s television series) coming out Friday, we couldn’t help but catch up with its star – Aubrey Peeples – who stars as Jem in the movie and is no doubt a true up-and-comer. Let’s face it, we’ve loved Peeples since Nashville, and it turns out she has a penchant for Billie Holiday, African soap and a new Gibson guitar…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

For breakfast, probably some sort of smoothie or smoothie bowl with a bunch of vegetables blended in that I magically can’t taste at all. I normally make a smoothie bowl with lots of bananas and strawberries, a scoop of vegan protein powder, some spinach, and coconut or cashew milk as the base, topped with strawberry halves, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and some drizzled peanut butter. For lunch, some sort of vegan burrito bowl or salmon, couscous and veggies. For dinner, I’m a sucker for sushi and ramen. I try to do two meals a day vegan or vegetarian, but the main thing stopping me from making it to three is sushi. For snacks, I’ll do pumpkin seeds, apples, granola, or hummus. And for dessert, obviously chocolate cake. When it comes to dessert I tend to have no rules. Same with my Mom’s spaghetti.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

I usually take a shower in the morning and I try to take a bath most nights. I wash with African Black Soap, and use Living Proof shampoo and conditioner. I only wash my hair maybe every three days. If I’m too busy to shower before sleeping or going about my day, I wash my face with tea tree oil products. When I take a bath, I add a few scoops of coconut oil to the water. At night, I use Quench by Kate Somerville and then Kiehl’s facial moisturizer. And that’s really about it. I rarely wear makeup in my everyday life, or “do” my hair. I keep it simple. I’ll put on some mineral powder and mascara if I’m feeling fancy. If I have a performance, I use Armani liquid foundation.

Were you inspired by the original Jem and The Holograms? How so?

There are many layers to that question, for me. Of course the series completely inspires the movie – and of course all the messages of empowerment and being okay with who you are inspire me personally – but what inspired me most about Jem was the process of shooting it. Working with Jon [M. Chu] and everyone on this project was such a collaborative and creative experience and it has been very special being surrounded by so much passion.

Something surprising about the movie we don’t already know

The guy who plays Erica’s assistant, Justin Alastair, was an extra, but the director and writer (and everyone) loved him and decided to give him a part. They even let him ad lib and make up his own lines.

What’s your favorite part of being on Nashville?

As cheesy as it is, the music. Being on the show and in the city has taught me so much about music and through that, about myself. It’s such a special project to be a part of.

The best advice you’ve ever received… 

That it’s okay to be sad; it’s just how you deal with it that matters.

The band you can’t stop listening to right now…

I really just listen to a lot of Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt and Sam Cooke. I should have been born in another decade perhaps.

You never liked X till you tried it at Y…

I never liked pink till I tried it as Jem.

5 things you’re coveting right now…

Classic Superstar black and white AdidasInfinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, Black African SoapAmerican Ultra and a Gibson ES 339 guitar.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each? 

In New York, La Lanterna di Vittorio, Milon, Hu Kitchen, Westville, and Ramen-Ya. In Los Angeles, Silverlake Ramen, Toi Thai, Sugarfish, Mr. Ramen, Egg Slut, Sushi Yuzu and Kabosu. In Nashville, Rolf & Daughters, Koi Thai, Silly Goose, Wild Cow, Two Ten Jack, Pinewood Social and Mas Tacos.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?


If you like actors who double as performers, check out our interviews with Ashley Tisdale and Ana Gasteyer. Read about another Nashville star, Sam Palladio

Aubrey Peeples, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Aubrey wears a GAP jacket, H&M top, and Adidas sneakers.