Peyton Elizabeth Lee Talks About ‘Prom Pact’ & ‘Doogie’ Season 2 (Exclusive) – Hollywood Life
Peyton Elizabeth Lee is Disney’s “it” girl. Actress who starred in the exciting sharp Disney + movie prom treaty and returned as Lahela in the second season of Doogie Kameāloha, MD season 2. Peyton rose to fame in the critically acclaimed Disney Channel series Andi Mack and is currently making her mark on and off screen. hollywood life spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the actress about exciting new roles and her first experience as a co-producer.
Peyton as Mandy Yang in prom treaty. Mandy is determined to get into Harvard. When she was put on the waiting list, she decided to look to someone who represented everything she was up against for help. That person is all-star boxer Graham Lansing (Blake Drapper), whose father was a senator and a Harvard alumnus.
It’s also prom season. Mandy and her best friend Ben, do Milo Manheim, surrounded by over-the-top marriage proposals that would make ’80s teen movies proud. there are definitely some Beautiful in pink energy in prom treaty, especially given the dynamic Mandy has with Ben and Graham. But there is no love triangle movie. Mandy and Ben are really best friends. As for Peyton, she’s very protective of Mandy and Ben’s relationship.
“I think one of the things I absolutely loved about the script when I first read it was the relationship between Mandy and Ben, and the fact that it represents a pure, wonderful, very strong friendship between a man and a woman. boy and girl,” said Peyton. “It’s not right, in my opinion, boys and girls can’t just be friends. I have that relationship with a lot of my friends, so it’s great to watch because I think it’s a true reflection of real life. I think if they end up getting together it’s because of coercion, and that wouldn’t be fair to the characters or their relationship at this point in their lives. I’m really happy to see that the script doesn’t lean towards that.”
The actress noted that “prom treaty does a great job of showing love in all its different aspects. I think that’s special and a reflection of life. It’s great to explore the different paths that love can take.”
The end of prom treaty picked up months after Mandy was at Harvard. She ran into Graham again, who decided to chart her own path and take a year off. Paying homage to classic ’80s teen movies, Mandy and Graham have that epic reunion kiss.
“I thought it was a lot of fun. I remember reading it for the first time and being so excited when you get that moment of forever happiness that I think everyone wants to see when they see the movie,” Peyton said. hollywood life. “I think the ending speaks volumes about the overall message of the movie that you can have both. You can work really hard and achieve your dreams and get where you want to be and that doesn’t mean you have to neglect the other side of life. You can have love and enjoy the experience of being alive. I think it’s very important to see Mandy at the end of the film achieve both and have both of those things, so it’s very important for young people to see that they can have it all and deserve it all.”
prom treaty also marks Peyton’s first time as a producer. The 18-year-old wants to continue to explore the opportunities behind the camera in the future. “Directing is my dream,” she said. “It’s really something I want to do, but it’s definitely production. I will always love acting and I will always continue to pursue it. I will continue to do that as long as they allow me.”
Peyton also plays Lahela in Doogie Kameāloha, MD season 2, which premiered on March 31. In the second season, Milo joins Peyton as Nico, one of Lahela’s patients.
“The dynamics are very different,” Peyton said of her and Milo’s on-screen relationship. “I’m glad Milo and I have developed such a strong friendship prom treaty, and then he followed me to Hawaii,” Peyton said. “We had to develop a very different kind of relationship because in prom treaty that’s a lot of platonic chemistry. Doogie is the opposite. They have this undeniably romantic chemistry, so leaning into that side of things with him is super fun, too.
Nico was battling cancer, and Lahela did her best to save him while also falling in love. At the end of the season, she finds a way to help him in his battle against cancer, which is a personal and professional victory for Lahela.
“I think season 2 is very special because, even more so than season 1, we see Lahela working hard and really succeeding in both her life and her work,” Peyton said. hollywood life. “It’s been exciting to be told this real, authentic story, but then there’s going to be a happy moment forever later, which I think we can all use more of now. “
At the end of season 2, Lahela finds herself torn between Nico and Walter. Instead of choosing between them, Lahela chose herself and stepped out onto the open road in her mobile clinic.
“It was really important to have strong female characters at the heart of our story that weren’t completely driven by men, boys or anything. It is very important for us to show the young girls watching this show that they should choose for themselves,” emphasized the actress. “The really important thing at the end of the day is to be true to yourself and not let anything or anyone get in the way of that. I’m really excited that that’s the direction we’re headed towards the end of the season because I think it opens up a lot of possibilities for the show. She doesn’t say no to either or both. She just said yes to herself. I think it’s a powerful and important message for us to see on TV.”
But we have to talk about that epic Beauty and the Beast the musical moment between Lahela and Nico, the golden dress and all. “I talked to Kourtney Kang, our creator and writer, a lot about her vision for it and what’s behind it and understanding why we did it,” explains Peyton. “I think that gave me a lot of confidence. I think the great thing about Doogie and what’s particularly interesting to me about Lahela as a character is that she’s mature, very mature, very mature, but in the end she’s still a teenage girl. We all have big fantasies about what life should be like, what love might look like and feel like. I think that musical moment encapsulates the teenage dream of being loved.”
When asked about the possibility of a third season of Doogie Kameāloha, MD, Peyton revealed that she wanted to explore “the dynamics of growing into the next phase of your life and realizing that adulthood is a part of who you are and how that affects motivation with family.” Friend.” She added, “We saw a bit of that in season 1 and season 2 but I wanted to see more of that, find out what your relationship is like with your mom and dad, respect them. , appreciate their opinion and love them for all they have done for you and also say this is my life and it’s my turn to go out into the world and see it as how. I’d like to see that in a potential season 3.
In addition to her new movie and the show’s return, Peyton is also completing her first year at Columbia University, where she’s studying philosophy. “I think all my life I knew I wanted to go to college,” explains Peyton. “I’ve always been someone who loves to learn and know things you wouldn’t know. I knew that when I graduated from high school, I hadn’t finished that journey yet. For my parents, it was always important for me to have a learning experience, and it’s also important to me. I think it’s important to base my life on some traditional experience. I had a very non-traditional upbringing working and going to school on set, online, and on Zoom during COVID, so I think for sure I’ve always known that I wanted to experience a degree. something.”
When Peyton has a goal, she accomplishes it. The actress is an inspiring young woman both on screen and in real life — and it’s clear she’s ready to take on whatever life throws at her. Peyton is leaving a permanent mark on her world, and it will be interesting to see what she decides to do next.
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