AURORA PERRINEAU IN NEW YORK, APRIL 2015. T-SHIRT: IRO. STYLING: KARL TEMPLER. COSMETICS: DIOR, INCLUDING DIORSKIN NUDE AIR HEALTHY GLOW ULTRA-FLUID SERUM FOUNDATION. HAIR: JAMES PECIS/D+V MANAGEMENT. MAKEUP: PETER PHILIPS FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR. MANICURE: MEGUMI YAMAMOTO FOR DIOR VERNIS/SUSAN PRICE NYC AND YUKO TSUCHIHASHI FOR DIOR VERNIS/SUSAN PRICE NYC. SET DESIGN: STEFAN BECKMAN/EXPOSURE NY. PRODUCER: SARA ZION FOR PRODN/ ART+COMMERCE. PRODUCTION MANAGER: ASHLEY SCOTT FOR PRODN/ ART+COMMERCE. RETOUCHING: GLOSS STUDIO. DIGITAL TECHNICIAN: NICHOLAS ONG. PHOTO ASSISTANTS: SIMON ROBERTS, HUAN NGUYEN, MARU TEPPEI, AND DEAN PODMORE. STYLING ASSISTANTS: MELISSA LEVY AND ALEKSANDRA KOJ. HAIR ASSISTANT: ADLENA DIGNAM. MAKEUP ASSISTANTS: EMIKO AYABE AND TALY WAISBERG. SET DESIGN ASSISTANTS: MAX ZINSER AND YONATAN ZONSZEIN. PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: KAIA BALCOS AND JOHN DANIEL POWERS. SPECIAL THANKS: SOHO LOFTS.
Dad was doing ballet across the living room; mom was putting herself on tape—Aurora Perrineau didn’t grow up like you and me. Her mother is actress Brittany Perrineau, and her father is Harold Perrineau, who, depending on your age, you’ll know from Sons of Anarchy or Lost or Oz or Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. “I just thought everyone was an actor,” says Perrineau-fille, 20, who grew up in New York and will appear this fall as Shana in Jem and the Holograms, a live-action film based on the popular ’80s cartoon. When her casting was announced, the internet went crazy—some believed Shana had been whitewashed—which affected Perrineau, but not nearly as much as the auditioning process: she had to sing, something Perrineau had no idea if she could do. “I was terrified,” she says. “It probably made the acting better because I wasn’t focused on it.” Shana, the Holograms’ drummer, is “very smart and kind of shy, kind of like myself,” says Perrineau. “But she’s very different than me in that she’s very girly and likes boys too much. I love boys, too; I’m just not boy crazy.” While Jem is by no means a big-budget film, Perrineau wants to go even smaller (her dream director to work with is Blue Valentine‘s Derek Cianfrance). Her next project, Equals, will place Perrineau alongside some big names—Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult—in an indie drama set in a future where emotions no longer exist. Such a state would not be ideal for Perrineau, who has studied at Playhouse West and thrives on her emotions. “I would love to do stage work at some point,” she says. “Because it really scares me.”
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