Hola TWIST Readers,
We just chatted with actress Peyton List from Disney Channel's Jessie! Peyton spilled about the vibe on set, pre-show rituals, and what it's like to work with the family's giant pet lizard, Mr. Kipling! Check out our entire exclusive interview below!
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TWIST: Can you tell us a little bit about your character on Jessie?
Peyton: I play Emma, who's the only biological child in the family. At first she was a little skeptical of Jessie and now she's really getting to know her. She's a very bubbly character and a fashionista.
TWIST: Is she similar to you at all in the "fashionista" sense?
Peyton: Yeah, it's actually really cool because we collaborate on Emma's wardrobe. Sometimes I'll pick out the outfits or throw something together. Sometimes I wear my own shirts or mix some of my own jewelry with it!
TWIST: What's the overall vibe of the set?
Peyton: It's definitely fun! We've all become such a big family. The kids and I actually wrote a newspaper called "The Jessie Times". [Debby Ryan] is kind of like a big sister to all of us. She even took us to Disney Land and we got to go to the front of the line and everything! It was so much fun; we've all become pretty close!
TWIST: Do you guys have any inside jokes or rituals on set?
Peyton: Every time before we do a live taping, we always say what we've learned that week or something that we're thankful for. And we always roll the dice to see who gets to walk down the stairs after the live taping.
TWIST: Oh really? What's that?
Peyton: Well in our living room there is this big staircase so after the live taping we all come out and take a bow. Whoever's number it lands on gets to walk down the stairs that night.
TWIST: Oh that's awesome! So what's it like to working with Mr. Kipling, the giant lizard?
Peyton: Oh. My. Gosh. He's a Water Monitor. He's pretty much a diva because he can't work in front of live audiences and he actually pees when he gets nervous and his pee is toxic! It's really disgusting; once he actually peed in the elevator! Luckily I don't really have to work with him that much, it's more Karan [Brar] who plays Ravi.
TWIST: Does he have an animal trainer that comes along with him?
Peyton: Yeah, he has three people that have to carry him around and everything. It's really funny because we'll joke like, 'Ok Kipling, give us some good angles!'
TWIST: What do you hope happens to your character in the future?
Peyton: I would have to say that I hope that she--we learn more layers to Emma; just find more out about her. Every episode I feel like I do. Yeah, this episode you're kind of just learning a little bit more about Emma so I hope that keeps happening.
TWIST: Yeah, definitely. A lot of our readers watch the show but for those who don't, why should they start tuning it?
Peyton: Jessie is definitely a really fun show! It's for a wide variety of audiences... it's for all ages and you'll have a lot of fun watching it.
TWIST: Awesome! So what can we expect from you in the future? Do you have any projects coming up?
Peyton: Well I just actually shot Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days which is coming out August 3rd, so we have a little while to wait. We shot that in Vancouver and it was so sad because it's the last one but it was also fun because it was like a little reunion because we all hadn't seen each other--it was so much fun to see everyone again.
TWIST: That's awesome! Thank you so much for chatting with us today, Peyton!
Peyton: Thank you, it was fun!