We met actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee from the Disney show “Andi Mack” at the ABC offices in Manhattan recently. Peyton stars as Andi, and this is one of our favorite shows.
Do you ever wish you were an ordinary teenager?
That’s such a good question. And I feel like it depends . . . When you’re hanging out with your friends, sometimes I feel like I wish I could just be with them and not be thinking about the show and everything else. But then most of the time when I get to meet people like you and just be able to experience what it’s like to have people enjoy what you’re making, that’s really special, and that’s something you don’t get being an ordinary teenager.
We love “Andi Mack” — it’s our favorite show. We were wondering if you were working on any different projects.
Right now I’m pretty focused on “Andi Mack.” It takes up most of my time. But I love it so much, and I’m just so excited every day to go into work.
Do you have any pets?
Yes. I do. I have a dog named Mazie. And I have two cats named Prince Hobo and Jasper.
Were you nervous or excited for the first day of “Andi Mack”?
Oh, I remember the first day of filming “Andi Mack” so clearly. I remember I was a little nervous because when you go into a new setting with people you don’t know, it makes you a little nervous, but I was also super-excited. It was finally my dream coming true, and I couldn’t wait. But every day since then, people don’t believe me, but I’m just as excited as I was the first day.
Are you similar to the character you play on TV?
Yeah, I would say I’m very similar to Andi Mack. I feel like a lot of the experiences I go through in normal life, I bring to Andi, you know, so a lot of her personality and her traits come from my personal life. So, yeah, it’s always fun every day just figuring out where I can put a little bit of my own life into the character and into the show.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I love to travel. Getting to travel with my friends and with my family is definitely my favorite part of the offseason.
Do you plan on going to college in the future?
Yes. I definitely want to go to college. That’s definitely something that is really important to me, going to school.
How did it feel to see yourself on TV for the first time?
It was overwhelming. It’s a feeling that’s like nothing else. You know, like when you see yourself on TV and you remember that day filming, so not only is this like this moment in the show, but it was also a day in your real life. So it’s funny to see any of the episodes of "Andi Mack" because they’re like — you know when you look back on pictures of yourself when you were little and you remember certain days of your life or hanging out with certain friends? It’s just like that, except it’s in this whole other world, which is really interesting.
Would you rather be on Nickelodeon or Disney?
That’s a hard question. I love a lot of Nickelodeon shows, but I’m really happy right now with where I am, and Disney has such a unique experience, just going through life and growing up with other Disney people who are on Disney shows. It’s something that’s super-unique, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What has been the best experience you’ve had since working on the show?
I would just say the people that I’ve met. I love getting to meet new people, especially people that I share a lot of the same interests with. By getting to meet people and getting to work with them and collaborate with them is something that’s super-unique and fun, and that’s probably one of the best parts of being on "Andi Mack."
Which episode is your favorite?
That’s so difficult. The first episode is definitely one of my favorites. It was such an important episode and such a big part of my life . . . because we made it, and then we had to wait a really long time to see if we were going to be able to make more episodes. So that’s definitely one of my favorites, just because of all the memories that came with that initial script. But I also love the bar mitzvah episode. I mean, the party, the dancing, there was a lot of really significant scenes from that episode, and the storyline was really interesting.
Do you like being the star of the show?
I would not change the experience I have for the world. I get to do what I love with the people I love and have so much fun doing it. So, for sure, I’m so grateful for everything that I have been able to do and accomplish.
Do you like your TV wardrobe — do you get to keep the clothes?
I love the wardrobe we wear on TV. Especially Andi, I feel like she has such a unique and eclectic style. I don’t get to keep the clothes, sadly. But I do participate in picking out the clothes that she wears and the outfits she puts together because I feel like a big part of her character is her unique personal style.
If you could have any person star in your show, who would it be?
That’s such a difficult question. I feel like it would be really cool to have Selena Gomez on our show because she was on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and that was my favorite show. So to sort of see that all come full circle would be really cool.
If you could change one thing about your character, what would it be?
I don’t know if there’s anything I would change about her. I feel like throughout the seasons, she’s evolved and learned who she is and who the person she wants to be, so I don’t know that I would change anything about her. I feel like she’s changing on her own and maturing into a really pretty cool person.
Kathryn Hunter’s fourth-grade class, South Country Elementary School, Bay Shore