Interview: Peyton List Gives the Scoop on the New Season of ‘Cobra Kai’

Photo: Krissy Saleh

Peyton List began her acting career at four-years-old with a small role on As the World Turns. Over the next 9 years, Peyton made her way into such blockbuster films as 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl, Remember Me with Robert Pattinson, Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fisher, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and is filming the upcoming TV movie that will premiere on CW called Glamourous. List also appeared in the pilot of the CBS show, Happy Together. She currently plays Olivia Richmond on the Hulu supernatural thriller, Light as a Feather, and as Tory on the YouTube Red series, Cobra Kai. ReadGlitter’s exclusive interview below to get the scoop on Peyton List.

GLITTER: Did you always want to be an actress?

PEYTON: I really did. I was that kid who dreamed about being an actress and would put on shows around the house or edit short films with my friends. I always loved getting to express myself through a character.

GLITTER: What was it like growing up as a Disney starlet?

PEYTON: It felt like my normal teenage years. I experienced everything you normally do as a teenager behind the scenes. So grateful for the cast on those shows. I just saw Cameron and Karan the other night and they were my only fellow high school students on set, and I just thought about how grateful I am for them. We were all in the same boat trying to navigate the insanity that was our adolescence on a show.

GLITTER: What can you tell us about the Hulu supernatural thriller, Light as a Feather? Who did you play?

PEYTON: Light as a Feather follows four best friends who as a part of their Halloween tradition to play a creepy game in the cemetery play light as a feather. Everything from the game starts to come to fruition. I play Olivia Richmond one of the four best friends. Also, everyone should catch up because second season is about to start filming. 😉

GLITTER: What can you tell us about your role as Tory in the upcoming season of Cobra Kai without giving anything away?

PEYTON: Tory is easily the most badass intense character I’ve ever played. If I came across her in life I would not mess with her. She is a newcomer to Cobra Kai. She ends up joining the dojo finding crush within it, and also making a couple enemies along the way.

GLITTER: How did you audition for the show?

PEYTON: I received the audition super last minute the night before and never in my wildest dreams would’ve thought I could play the character. It was such a happy shock when I got it.

GLITTER: What is it like playing Tory? Are you like her in any way in real life?

PEYTON: I think I definitely have a side of me that is like her or an alter tough ego that I wish came out more. She is cutthroat and will always stand up for what’s right. I think I tend to shy away from confrontation but when it is necessary my inner Tory comes out. Ha

GLITTER: We also know you love recording music as well. Do you play any instruments?

PEYTON: I played the violin growing up in school but really haven’t since. I play the acoustic guitar, and am taking lessons from friends.

GLITTER: How would you describe your sound?

PEYTON: I would describe it as alt-pop.

GLITTER: Will we see an album from you soon?

PEYTON: Definitely another single soon.I’ve been writing a lot of new music this year. Also, just wrote/recorded a single with one of my best friends called “Bros.” I’m in love with it.

GLITTER: What is your top travel item for the girl on the go that you cannot live without?

PEYTON: The First Aid Beauty Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C jelly mask is so nice when traveling it is so hydrating, and leaves my skin glowing. Also the PAPAW lip ointment works wonders.

Photo: Krissy Saleh

GLITTER: How often do you meditate?

PEYTON: I try to do yoga at least twice a week. I think even if I don’t meditate some time to just sit in the sun or take time to yourself is so important.

GLITTER: What do you love to do in your spare time?

PEYTON: I’m always with my girls having sleepovers and dance parties. I also love reading with my dogs in my parents’ backyard.

GLITTER: If you weren’t an actress, what would you want to do instead?

PEYTON: I’d love to do something in the fashion world or set decorating would be such a fun job constantly transforming spaces.

GLITTER: How do you stay grounded in this business?

PEYTON: I spend a lot of time with my family and friends who keep me in line. I really lead a super normal life I do my job, clean my own messes, and have my close friends and family. I think if they ever see me fall too far into becoming something I’m not they will check me ha.

GLITTER: What is something fans may not know about you?

PEYTON: I think just how much of a mess I am. Most days I’m wearing no makeup with my acne out and sweatpants on, and I LOVE IT. It is easy to get caught up in the images people put out there on social media, but at the end of the day that is just a highlight reel ha. I also just really am never serious and am always joking around.

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GLITTER: Favorite book right now?

PEYTON: Tiny Beautiful Things: Dear Sugar. This book is one I can read over and over again it really is grounding and beautiful. I learned so much from it

GLITTER: Favorite place to shop?

PEYTON: Vintage & Thrift stores. For Love & Lemons and Sorella are amazing too!

GLITTER: Favorite place to travel?

PEYTON: Anywhere warm! Really wanting to go to Cabo for my birthday. I’m in the snow in Toronto right now for work and nothing sounds better.

GLITTER: Do you have any new projects coming up this year that you can tell us about?

PEYTON: Yes I just started a pilot for a CW show called Glamorous.

GLITTER: What positive message do you hope to send women who follow you?

PEYTON: Embrace yourself, be proud of who you are, be proud of your body, love your girls, spread kindness, be a boss lady.

GLITTER: Many women are coming forward in media and standing up for their rights as women. How important is this issue to you?

PEYTON: So incredibly important. I want to use my Social media for something greater. To push for equality amongst us all, and to speak on subjects I’m passionate about. Encouraging woman to use their voices.

GLITTER: Glitter has a Celebrity #SelfLove-Campaign, what’s self-love mean to you?

PEYTON: Self-love means taking time for yourself. Listening to yourself and your body. Hearing what your body needs from you whether that is doing a face mask or a girls night.

GLITTER: How can fans follow you?

PEYTON: Instagram and Twitter: @peytonlist Spotify: Peyton List