Peyton List

Fun & Friendly Fashionista


Peyton List is no stranger to the camera. Since the age of four, she has appeared in numerous print ads and commercials. She made her first movie when she was seven with her twin brother, Spencer, when they appeared together in Spider-Man. Peyton spent much of her childhood being a “big city girl” living in Brooklyn, New York, where she learned early to navigate the subway systems and tackle auditions. She credits her modeling and acting success to her talkative, outgoing nature, and her resume is filled with work ranging from Justice catalogs to starring as Holly Hills in two of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies.

Photo Credit: Disney ABC Press

Photo Credit: Disney ABC Press

Peyton plays the bubbly teenager Emma Ross on Disney Channel’s hit show Jessie, and spin-off series Bunk’d! Where Emma, Zuri (Skai Jackson, and Ravi (Karan Brar) take on summer camp!



Peyton ListWe featured Peyton List in the Ask the Stars section of our Inner Beauty issue.  Here’s how she answered the question, “What makes someone truly beautiful?”

Peyton: “Confidence makes someone truly beautiful and the way they carry themselves.”

Inner Beauty Tip: A smile says it all! Nothing shines inner beauty more than a happy smile and a positive attitude to your day.

What works for Peyton: My inner beauty shines through when I am around my family… and also drinking lots of water and feeling clean on the inside and out also makes me feel beautiful.

Peyton List was BYOU Magazine’s Be Kind cover story. Read an excerpt from her interview with publisher Debra Gano here:

Debra: Peyton, how much are you like your character Emma on Jessie?

Peyton: Actually when I first read the script, her character didn’t sound like me at all. The show was originally scripted different than how it is now—Emma was initially really smart but kind of a negative person, completely opposite of the bubbly, positive, fun, fashionista character she is now. I booked the part after multiple auditions, we rehearsed for two weeks, and the night before we were scheduled to begin filming, I got a call from the producer telling me they were changing my character. She asked me to watch the movies Clueless and Legally Blond so I could get an idea of the new character. I had to immediately memorize all new lines, but I was excited because I love Emma the way she is now. In some ways she’s like me because I love fashion and I’m more of a happy person, but she can be a little ditzy, and I’m not like that…although sometimes I do have my ‘blond’ moments!

Debra: In the show, you’re part of the wealthy Ross family, whose nanny is Jessie (play by Debby Ryan). What’s it like working with the cast of Jessie?

Peyton: So much fun! The whole cast is close, but I hang out with the kids a lot. We do school together on set, even though we’re in different grades.

Debra: Can you tell us about your real family?

Peyton: Mom and I initially sublet an apartment in LA when I began filming Jessie, but when the show was picked up for longer, my dad and brothers Spencer and Phoenix moved out from New York too. Dad is really good chef, and we’re always in kitchen together. My favorite thing he makes is his breakfast pizza with bacon, eggs, and potato—I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! My parents are really cool about letting me have friends over; recently we had a tea party where we all dressed up. My dad made tiny sandwiches and little pastries, my mom baked, and my friend and I made cupcakes. Even my brothers participated and made cupcakes (but ours were prettier!)

Debra: It sounds like you have a great relationship with your family.

Peyton: Yes, I do. I realized how lucky I was that I could talk to my mom and dad when I was dealing with a bullying (and cyber bullying) situation in middle school. The girls started getting caddy and mean, especially about my acting. One girl in particular hated me, and I wish now I would’ve stuck up for myself more, I just sort of took it. My parents suggested saying things to her like “Why are you doing this to me?” or going to a teacher. I was really glad to have my parents to talk to because some girls don’t have that. That’s why I really like to help girls.

Debra: You do a lot with the girls’ organization Girls on the Run, don’t you?

Peyton: Yes, I spend a lot of time with them. I run their 5K races and talk to girls afterwards, and anytime I’m on long hiatus from Jessie, I visit schools and help teach lessons about bullying, gossiping, and other important topics. I love the way they help build confidence through running.

Debra: In this issue, we talk a lot about popularity. I know now you’re schooled on set, but when you attended regular school were you “popular?”

Peyton: I guess I was considered popular. I had my own style and dressed the way I wanted to. I didn’t discriminate against anyone, and had friends that were completely different than me, yet were still kind of the “goody two shoes” like me. Some people bullied this girl I was friends with because of her looks, and that was the saddest thing for me. I just wanted to be her friend. It was hard for me to stand up for myself, but I was able to stand up for her. It’s important if you see someone being bullied that you say something or tell an adult.

Debra: So I have to ask you, what do you think are the qualities that make a person “cool?”

Peyton: Expressing yourself and being yourself every day, dressing the way you want to dress versus what is considered “cool.” I remember a girl I thought dressed really cool and I was tempted to copy her but I decided to stay with my own style and was glad I did. Being a genuinely nice person who doesn’t discriminate and is positive, kind, helpful, and pleasant to be around is also cool. If you’re a nice person and do good things to help others, people will want to be around you. A lot of kids think because of their age they cannot make a difference but they can. And it starts by smiling at someone to make their day.

Peyton List in BYOU Magazine

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  1. I love Payton List!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😊😘😍

  2. ilove peyton list

  3. Love it can you do more
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Thank u Payton list I will be the best I can

    P.S I am 9!

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  6. Me encanta disney channel y es genial

  7. I like fashion like Mo and I can’t even I hope you surprised when you see all my pictures they’re so cute foot by everybody I hope you like my post and

  8. I like that and the name is cool and have a good day

  9. am so a big fan

  10. i love your show i watch it everyday

  11. peyton be yourself be unick be the best you can be

  12. you go Peyton keep inspering girls all over the world you can be a role model and that is what you are and keep doing it peyton I know you can you are the best you can rock the world and i know you can insper me and everbody in this world you let your colers shine and you can do that me everbody you know beutey lies with in and that is what you tought me you will change the world and I know that you can and you will help me you will insper me and you all ready have and now sinse you insperd me I can insper other people thanks Peyton you are the best

  13. Singergirl9/followyourdreams

    I love the way Payton thinks and she is defiantly a role model to me and I am definitely going to follow her exsample.Payton must be the most awesome, most wonderful girl in the world.

                     Keep setting good examples Paton.
                           And by the way I'm only nine years old
  14. i like jessie because she is so funny and pretty

  15. i love this show its so funny and cool!

  16. I like your work are u in Jessie I think so because your smile is beautiful like her maybe u are twins and of your smile or one of her smile light up room your amazing it,s me i love you the 2 best show in my life

  17. hey peyton its nice to meet you can you buy me a iphone 5c plz my mom doesnt have much money i live in a traylor

  18. im ur big fan! I SOO love animal prints! Im same your age! ur so pretty! love your hair, peyton list!

    love, adelia G.

  19. Emma is so cool when it comes to any kind of fashion and also Emma is my fav in Jessie

  20. i love emma from jessie i love how she works at the place and shes jessies boss and they fight rofl

  21. I like your work are u in Jessie I think so because your smile is beautiful like her maybe u are twins and of your smile or one of her smile light up room

  22. you are awesome!!!!!! Pyton

  23. i really like emma from Jessice i love her style and how is act’s:)

  24. i really like Emma in Jessie i love fashion and her style

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