Aubrey Peeples is no stranger to the music world. She's been wowing fans with her singing voice as country star Layla Grant on ABC's Nashville, and now she's set to impress movie audiences with a turn as Jem in the pop culture remake Jem and the Holograms. We caught up with Aubrey and costar Stefanie Scott on the Radio Disney Music Awards red carpet to find out what it's been like working on the top-secret project.
The original Hasbro cartoon that the film is based on was a hit in the '80s — before Peeples and Scott were born. But after watching the series and researching their characters, they confess to falling in love with the story.
"Now we know how awesome it is, really," says Scott. "And I'm so excited that I get to be a part of something so iconic, and bringing it to life and bringing it to the big screen and being a part of the process. It's really neat."
Although casting news just broke last week, filming is already underway and the cast has been working tirelessly on perfecting their music.
"We've been working 24/7 on it," admits Peeples. "It was crazy."
Keeping their band practice under wraps for so many months must have been quite a challenge, considering how much Hollywood likes to dish secrets.
Stephanie Scott agrees. "We had to keep it a secret, which was so hard, because we just wanted to show pics from the set and from practice, because we feel like a real girl band at this point. It's awesome!"
While a release date is yet to be announced, Jem fans don't have to wait to get in on the fun. Stephanie Scott shares her enthusiasm for the project's crowd-sourcing element. "We've seen audition tapes — because you can send in audition tapes and be a part of it. And so we've seen a lot of super-fans. It's really awesome!"
Other memorable moments these actresses have seen from submitted tapes include great '80s dance moves and some rockin' Jem lip-synchs. But not all of the material is performance-related.
"People are sending in their artwork and letters about how Jem inspired them," said Peeples. "It's all going to be used in the film."
Speaking of super-fans, the Jem stars admitted to having their own celebrity crushes and shared them with SheKnows. Stephanie Scott confessed to crushing on Adam Levine, while Peeples prefers Dermot Mulroney and, surprisingly, Ryan Stiles "because he's hilarious."
We're sure the gentlemen named would be flattered.
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