Chit Chatting with Actress Marlowe Peyton

Written By: Jill Sheets

I recently got to interview “Fresh off the Boat” actress Marlowe Peyton, who started to act at the young age of 4 years-old.  This 12-year-old also has many talents other than acting.  She loves to sing, write songs and she was able to teach herself how to play the piano by ear and there are much more.  Continue to read and learn more about her talents, about her and her animated show.  I have a feeling that we are going to hear more good things about this young lady in the future.  Keep your eyes and ears open.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting?

M: I was four when I started acting. My sister had been acting for a couple of years and I thought it looked awesome. I asked my mom if I could act like my sister but she thought I was just wanting to be like my sister. A few weeks later we went into Merit’s managers’ office and I just asked her manager if I could act too and they said “Yes.”  I went to my first audition and booked it and I’ve been acting ever since.

 

R: Tell us about your show “Fresh Off The Boat” and about your character Reba?

M: Fresh Off The Boat, is about a Taiwanese family in America during the 1990s. My character Reba is in love with their oldest son Eddie Huang. She’s a student at Abraham Lincoln Middle School with Eddie and his younger brother Emery. Reba’s a self-possessed, confident girl who runs the school paper, audio-visual department, makes the schools morning announcements and plays sousaphone in the school band. Fun fact: Reba also loves to sing and has sung twice on the show so far.

 

R: What has been your favorite episode so far?

M: Well, that’s an impossible question to answer! The writers on Fresh Off The Boat give me some amazing material. I’d have to choose between, singing, doing a Polish accent, playing the sousaphone or running the school paper! I can’t pick! (laughs).

R: Tell us about “The Nerd Posse” and about your character Aria Crunch.

M: The Nerd Posse is a show that wants you to know, “It’s weird NOT to be weird!” The posse consists of comic nerds, YouTubers, inventors, anime lovers and hackers. My character, Aria Crunch is the daughter of Carson Crunch played by Andrew Bowen (who is absolutely hilarious!!) my crazy, off-beat dad who has created a Nerdtopia for us! Aria is unique, quirky, constantly cosplaying and vlogging which has, sometimes made it difficult for her to fit in. I love this character and I can’t wait for you to meet the whole Nerd Posse! Follow @thenerdpossetv for updates and news!
R: What was it like working with Benjamin Stockham, Emma Rayne Lyle and the rest of the cast?

M: FREAKING THE BEST! Ben Stockham and I have been best friends for years. Interesting fact – Ben and I had a joint Gravity Falls birthday party a couple of years ago! Getting the chance to work with him was an awesome experience. Emma and I have been close friends for a really long time as well and I adore her. Everyone on this pilot Ben, Emma, Jacob Hopkins, Zoe Fowler, Izzy Eggerling and the rest of the cast are so talented and SUPER nice, we had the best time hanging out every day.  I look forward to working with the whole cast again!

 

R: If they were going to make your favorite book into a movie, which one would it be?  What character would you play and who would play opposite to you? 

M: Okay I’m about to go into dreamland here! (laughs) Since my favorite show “Gravity Falls” is over, I am reading the books that are out based on the show. Right now I’m reading – “Gravity Falls: Dipper and Mabel and the Curse of the Time Pirates’ Treasure!.” How cool would a live action “Gravity Falls” movie be??? Kind of amazing right? So if I get to cast myself, (laughs) I would want to play Mabel, Ben Stockham as Dipper, Danny Devito as Grunkle Stan and Josh Gad as Soos. That would be the best thing to ever happen!

 

R: I read that you are creating your own animated show.  Is that true?  If so, tell us about it.

M: Yes it is true, I’ve been developing it for the last 2 years, it’s called “Parker Bubblegum.” I was trying to fall asleep one night and an image flashed in my mind of this girl, and I had to get out of bed and start drawing her immediately, that girl is now known as Parker. I have been obsessed with creating the world she lives in ever since. I have illustrated and created all the characters, developed the story and late last year I got the chance to direct the amazing voice actors I have involved in the project.

 

R: I read that you also sing.  Is recording music something you want to do in the future?

M: Yes, definitely! I have worked as a session singer in the past and I taught myself how to play piano by ear.  Since then I’ve been writing a lot of instrumental music, mostly for my show “Parker Bubblegum.” Each character has a theme song and I listen to those songs when I’m illustrating or writing storylines. Music and singing are a really important part of my life.

R:  What is your favorite genre of music to sing? Who are some of your favorite singers and/or bands?

M: Oddly enough, I don’t think my music taste has a genre! My favorite artist is GHOST (AKA Spud-P) I also love many different styles of music from producers that work with Japanese Vocaloids, A-tonal electronic music, electro swing, my playlist is pretty odd and eclectic.

R: Who has been your biggest influence in your life, so far and why?

M: Definitely Alex Hirsch! He is my all-time hero for many reasons. His show Gravity Falls had a HUGE effect on my life and has inspired me to perfect my drawing skills, write interesting stories, and learn how to animate, which has all led to me creating my own show. So, Mr. Hirsch thank you for being such an inspiration.

 

R:  What are some of your hobbies or what you like to do when you are not filming?

M: Besides illustrating, I also love to watch Youtube, some of my favorite Youtubers are Matthias, Zylbrad and Knitting Giant Beanies. Memes I’m obsessed with meme’s and often spam my friends in our group texts, I also love to play Overwatch!

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

M:

  1. You can sometimes see me on my sister Merit Leighton’s Youtube channel KawaiiHappii.
  2. My friends are everything to me I love them dearly.
  3. I had a heart defect in the womb, but my mom prayed over me and it was gone when I was born.  
  4. I’m super into the new Nintendo Switch, and Breath Of The Wild is slowing taking over my brain.
  5. I have a quite a dandy Tracer and Mei impression from Overwatch.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

M: I can’t recall any actually, but one of my best friends got asked the most random question at school, “Have you ever frozen your arm?” (laughs)…so I don’t think I can top that.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which one and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or youtube page?

M:  @marlowepeyton on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Website: marlowepeyton.com

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

M: Let me leave you with a quote that the very wise Alex Hirsch once said to me. “You can do it!”

 

R:  Marlow, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.