Aynsley Bubbico is a rising actress who just finsihed four seasons on the hit ABC Family series "Greek," playing the recurring character of "Laura." Her theatrical credits include "Amadeus," "Othello," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Tick, Tick...Boom!," and most recently, "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera."
On television, Aynsley has had guest appearances on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS), "12 Miles of Bad Road" (HBO), "Cold Case" (CBS), and "Attack of the Show!" (G4).
Aynsley can next been seen in the new Off-Broadway musical "Peter & I," from October 6-16, along with Chris Dwan, Ben Hart, Geoffrey Kidwell, Emily Padgett, and Jared Zirilli. With a book and lyrics by Matte O'Brien, music by Matt Vinson, directed by Matte O'Brien, and musical direction by Amanda Morton, "Peter & I" explores the mysteries surrounding the life and death of Michael Llewelyn Davies (who was J.M, Barrie's muse for Peter Pan and the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up) and his lover at Oxford, Rupert Buxton.
"Peter & I" will play at the American Theatre of Actors in NYC (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Ave) from October 6-16. Click here for tickets and use code "BESTGAY" for discounted tickets (courtesy of BEST GAY NEW YORK)
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? When I was growing up, I was never really into watching cartoons, so I would watch The Wizard of Oz and Grease over and over again. I wasn't necessarily even aware of the concept of 'acting' per se, but I loved getting lost in the world of whatever I was watching. As I grew older, I knew I wanted to tell stories that would entertain people and take them away for a few hours. Luckily, I have parents who have always believed in me and supported my career goals.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I would love to work with, but I would have to say Kate Winslet or James McAvoy. They are both extraordinary actors.
3. What attracted you to "Peter & I" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing "Peter & I"? When I read the script, I was doing the ugly cry by page 5. Matte O'Brien is beyond talented, and has woven together a story that will touch people's hearts in a profound way. Add to that Matt Vinson's stunning music, and I believe the show is a masterpiece that will blow people away. I don't have any preconceived goals as far as what I want people to take away from the show after seeing it, because I am confident that everyone will go on their own personal journey while watching it. At its core, "Peter & I" is about humanity, and shows how we are all just doing our best to walk the line between the reality of our lives, and the dreams of what our lives could be if we had no limitations-societal or otherwise.
4. "Peter & I" is set in the 1920s. How do you think this story relates to today's world we live in? The themes of forbidden love, friendship, self-discovery, and more recently, bullying and gay teen suicide are all things that are relevant today. It is heartbreaking how current that particular aspect of the story is. This is a story that took place so long ago, yet tragically could have been ripped from today's headlines.
5. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal process/preview period in a show and where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My favorite part of the rehearsal period is once we've memorized our lines and everyone is looking into one another's faces instead of our scripts-then we can really play! It is particularly fun with this cast, as I have never met a nicer, more talented group of people. My favorite place to rehearse on my own is the shower. Ha!
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? What do you get from stage performing that you don't get from TV/Film? I have learned that acting is about giving. Giving to your scene partner, giving to the audience, and even giving to one's self. By that I mean giving yourself permission to disappear into another person's given circumstances without judgment in order to tell the most honest story. Performing on stage is so different from TV/Film in many ways, but the bonding you get to do with your fellow actors during the rehearsal process and the discoveries that can be made after spending a lot of time with a character are the most exciting benefits for me personally.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? My friends and I like to go to spin class and to 'Slimmons'-aerobics class with Richard Simmons (Yes, THE Richard Simmons!).
8. Favorite skin care product? Favorite kind of shoes? Cetaphil face wash. It is so gentle on skin and it doesn't hurt if you get it in your eyes. I use it with my Clarisonic face brush. My favorite pair of shoes are Vivienne Westwood jelly flats with jelly bows on the toe that my friend Amber gave me. They're super comfy and you wouldn't expect such an intricate, fashionable shoe to be jelly, so they tend to make a statement!
9. Favorite website? My friend Molly got me obsessed with Pinterest and now I can't stop!
10. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Elphaba all the way. I love an underdog.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? When I was 14 I met Dixie Carter, and her advice to me as a budding actress was to "be a good girl." It's brilliant.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Hmmm, I'll keep that answer to myself ;)
13. What was the best part about starring in "Greek" and what was it like to be on a long-running TV Show? What was the best part about guest-starring on "How I Met Your Mother"? "Greek" was such a wonderful experience, I got to work with the best cast and crew anyone could ask for. I met some of my best friends because of that show. "Greek" fans are the best! They are so loyal and passionate about the show, and it feels great to be a part of something that meant so much to people. "How I Met Your Mother" was my first 1/2 hour multi-cam experience and I learned a lot on that set. Josh Radnor could not have been nicer to work with. I have become a big fan of the show, the writing and acting are so on point, and the cast has incredible chemistry.