Peyton Clark

Peyton Clark has called many places home, but it seems the one place he is most at home is in front of an audience. He is an entertainer through and through and has worked his way across stages and screens both big and small. Peyton is well known for playing Garrett on The Disney Channel Original Series “I didn’t do it.” A role he felt very genuine in. And for him, that’s what it’s all about. He knows who he is and that has made all the difference.

Peyton came by and gave us a sneak peek into his life, told us all about what he has been up to and what we can expect to see in the near future.

Photo by: Mario Barberio

What is something that’s popular now that annoys you?

Peyton: This is a two-parter. Dabbing which got real popular for a while and now there is a replacement for dabbing that’s called flossing and is equally as annoying.

What are your three favorite apps?

Peyton: I spend pretty much all my time on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit. I like to talk to people. It’s easy to be myself in text form. I can basically just say whatever I want and put it out there.

What was your favorite toy growing up?

Peyton: I had pretty much every iteration of Game Boy growing up. I had Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, and then I moved onto the DS systems. Big Nintendo fan, but portable.

What was your game of choice?

Peyton: Pokémon. I’ve played pretty much every Pokémon game. Even when it wasn’t cool anymore I kept playing. It became cool again for a while and that was nice. Now it’s gone again.

What was the last gift that you gave somebody?

Peyton: I gave flowers to my girlfriend Sarah on Valentine’s Day. She likes a very weird coloring of rose. It’s a mostly white rose that’s a little bit pink. Not white roses and not pink roses, but white roses with pink in them.

If you could learn the answer to one question about your future, what would that question be?

Peyton: I don’t want to know. I don’t want to know what’s going on in my future. Just let it happen. [laughs] I’ll take it as it comes.

What’s the furthest you’ve been from home?

Peyton: One time, my family went to Mexico. Here’s the problem, I’ve lived a lot of different places. The farthest I’ve ever been from home isn’t really a thing in the United States, at least, because I’ve lived in every part of the country. I don’t travel outside the country as much as I’d like.

If you could pick a song to play every time you walk into a room, what song would you pick?

Peyton: The Friends theme song.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Peyton: I don’t really sleep that much as it is.  I usually do nothing.

If you could eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Peyton: The spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A, because I already pretty much eat that almost every day. Except Sundays. And then two more spicy chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A. It’s a diet. Maybe not that good for me, but I can’t stop.

Have you ever tried to go to Chick-fil-A on a Sunday?

Peyton: No, but pretty much every time that you think, “Man, I could really use some Chick-fil-A right now,” it’s a Sunday, every freaking time.

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If you could experiment with any other career, what would it be?

Peyton: Outside the Arts it gets bleak. I’d probably be homeless. Is that a career? Probably not.

Who had the biggest impact on the person you have become?

Peyton: I think a lot of people would say their family but as an actor, I’d say that I look up to Chris Pratt. I really like how he’s doing the whole goofy but serious thing. I really admire that and shoot for it.

Would you want to work with him on anything ?

Peyton: That might clash too much.  You don’t want too much of the same. If something existed that could have two people of similar types in a movie, maybe.

Who would you love to collaborate with?

Peyton: I’d really love to sing a song with Sabrina Carpenter. I look up to her so much. I’ve never met her before but I think she’s great. Maybe someday.

What is your favorite career moment to date?

Peyton: My favorite career moment so far and my least favorite career moment, are actually tied together. My favorite moment was the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet premiere in Hollywood. They blocked off the whole street. It was really great. It wasn’t for something that I was in so it wasn’t stressful. It was just fun and I really liked going to it.

My least favorite career moment was also a red carpet. It was my first. It was the Captain America: Civil War premiere and right before I went on to the little area where they photograph you, Chris Evans showed up. They just ushered him on and I didn’t even get to walk the carpet.

What was it like the first time you stepped in front of a camera on the professional level?

Peyton: I believe it was a commercial for Dannon Spring Water. Funny story about that one. The whole day was normal. It was a group of kids and we were all doing weird stuff with the water. I didn’t find out until afterwards that they were going to superimpose a cartoon head over my head.

I did the whole commercial thinking, “This is my big break,” and you didn’t even know it was me. The first time I was in front of a camera at that level where you actually knew it was me, was probably I Didn’t Do It. That was a big moment. On sitcoms, there’s a lot of people watching and they’re all right in front of you. It would be nerve-wracking but I did theater a lot growing up. I was used to having an audience. It was a lot of fun. It was just everything coming together.

How did “I Didn’t Do It” come to fruition?

Peyton: I actually had two auditions in one day. The first audition was for General Hospital. I blew that audition. It was one of my worst ones ever because I didn’t have any time to prepare for it. It was weak and I was feeling really bad. I had a second audition that day. I was like, “This sucks. I have to go do this and I’m feeling terrible about myself.” Auditioning takes confidence and I was out of it for the day. I showed up and luckily, I had a lot of time to go over it, which was good because I didn’t get a lot of time to prepare for that one either. It was a bad, bad week. I went in there and I was, “Whatever,” about it, which actually made it turn out really good for comedy. [laughs] They immediately said to me, “We want you to come back in tomorrow but not for the part that you came in for. We want you to come in for another part.” That’s actually the case with everything I have ever booked, not even joking or exaggerating. I auditioned for Logan originally, ended up as Garrett. I went back in, they loved it and they said, “Hey, producer session is later this day.” I had no idea TV moved that fast, but it did and I went to the producer session after lunch. It was great. I think I did one more after that. That was a week later and it was just a really good character from me. I fell into it pretty naturally and they all loved me. I got the role and then we started shooting.

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What it was like to play a lead on a show like that?

Peyton: Filming a sitcom is a very rigorous process because you basically do one show a week. They like to move real fast. Not as fast as soap operas but it’s similar. You get in Monday and you do the table read. Tuesday you get  into blocking it. Wednesday you do a director run through and then Thursday and Friday you film it.

It was weird to be done with something so quickly. that’s it. You’re never going to see that script again. I think that’s weird for anyone switching from theater to movies or TV because you’re so used to performing stuff over and over again and you get attached to it. With TV and film, you can’t get attached. It’s just that thing you did, that character you played and it’s over now. You’ve got to let it go. It was a super fun, super exciting, super fast experience and it was great. I loved it.

Do you feel branded by your experience working with Disney?

Peyton: I don’t feel branded because I don’t feel like I had to fake anything when I was with Disney. I felt like I could be myself. I’m a pretty goofy guy. It really played into who I was and the show is pretty low key, especially for Disney. I didn’t have to stretch too far and fake anything. I was on a normal sitcom. Outside of the show itself, I think it was really helpful to be on Disney because you get a global audience watching you and I still have fans from around the world that I talk to on Twitter and Instagram, which I never would have found if I hadn’t been on Disney.

Do you still have relationships with any of your cast mates?

Peyton: I still talk to everybody. We’re in a group chat.

What are you currently working on?

Peyton: I’m currently auditioning. I’m doing commercials, which are really fun. It’s a lot more low key. You don’t advertise about being in one but it pays the bills, which is nice. I had a movie come out earlier this year called, #SquadGoals, which you can find on the iTunes store or Amazon or wherever digital movies are sold.

Anything else you want to go OnRCRD?

Peyton: Like I said, growing up, I moved a lot. I didn’t ever really settle in any one place. I didn’t know where I would go next. Eventually, we settled down in California. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up. I got bullied a lot. Not so much physically but I was outcast. From a young age, I knew who I was and I stuck to it. That puts people off. It’s hard when you can’t find people who get you. It was really important to me not to lose that, because I really liked who I was and who I am. I’ve kept with it and I stayed true to myself, as silly as it sounds, and it worked. I think it works a lot more than people give it credit for. Sometimes it doesn’t pay off for so long and you think, “What’s the point? Why not change for other people? Why not try other things?” And you can, but they need to be true to you.

I watched this movie, Lady Bird, recently. It really went through that, too. She tested out different ways of being who she was and it didn’t work out because I don’t think it often does. Even if it works out short-term, it doesn’t work out long-term because eventually  you do find out who you are. I think the sooner that you figure that out and you stick with it, rather than faking it, the better off you are. Hey, it worked for me. [laughs]

 

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