This is Emily Peachey.
Emily, tell us more about how you got started in acting?
I have been very passionate about acting ever since I was a teenager. I was very involved in theater in High School and was in a lot of plays.
I also took acting classes outside of school. When I was in college, I wanted to major in something a little more practical so that I would have a backup plan in case my acting career didn’t work out. I studied broadcast journalism, communications, and acting on the side.
After college, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, so I decided to go to law school (which had always piqued my interest), but I wasn’t overly passionate about it.
On my first day of law school, I learned that I landed the role of “Monica” in the Twentieth Century Fox film adaptation of the hit young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars.
During my lunch break, I dropped out of law school and flew to Los Angeles without a place to live and without knowing anyone. I’ve been in L.A. pursuing acting ever since then. It was the best decision I ever made!
What would you say is the most difficult aspect about being in the film industry?
The hardest thing about this industry for me is that a lot of it is out of my control. It’s one of the few careers where the outcome isn’t guaranteed and there is a lot of luck involved.
If you study to be a nurse or a lawyer and you stick to the course work, you will end up being in that profession.
However, an actor can study acting for years and may not necessarily book anything. You definitely have to go with the flow and get excited when you book a job and not over analyze it if you don’t.
Emily – Do you have anything upcoming that we can expect to see you in?
I will be playing Liza Sampson in the upcoming gothic, southern drama, Paradise Lost, starring Josh Harnett and Nick Nolte.
The show follows a prodigal son as he returns to his hometown and struggles to choose between his past and his future. The show will be airing on Spectrum beginning April 13th.
In addition, I was cast in a new show right before the whole Coronavirus stuff happened! I’m hoping it will resume shortly and I can’t wait to share!
I also have a horror movie, Tar, originally due out in theaters in July that will be postponed to later in the year. I can’t wait for you all to see it - horror is one of my favorite genres and it was such a fun movie to make!
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