Aurora Perrineau’s Star Potential
With three films out this year, the young actress is on her way to the top.
The first time Aurora Perrineau quit acting, she was in preschool. “I was just devastated that I didn’t get a commercial,” Perrineau, 20, recalls with a laugh. “So 4-year-old me decided, ‘Enough!’ ” After circling the world—New York, Australia, Hawaii—while following her father, the actor Harold Perrineau (of Lost fame), from set to set, she decided she wanted back in. Once the family landed in Los Angeles, in 2010, she says, “I got serious about acting again.”
This year, Perrineau will appear in three films bound to receive some ardent attention, especially from the revenue-generating teen demographic: Kitchen Sink, which boasts zombies and vampires and Vanessa Hudgens; Equals, which has the allure of dystopian young love and Kristen Stewart; and Jem and the Holograms, a live-action update on an ’80s animated series with a cult following. As one of the Holograms, an all-girl rock band, Perrineau had to learn to play the drums at least somewhat convincingly. “I had a set put in my house, which I’m sure the neighbors hated. I was drumming 24/7, but I have to say, some people are definitely born more coordinated than others,” she says. “I am not one of those people.”