Emma: Of course! I’m excited to be here. I’m kind of new with this whole interview thing, but go for it!
Emma: Aurora Jasper is a one-of-a-kind chick. For those of you who don’t know (and I’m sure you would, unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere!) Aurora lives a very public life in the spotlight. Just the nature of her job, being a talented teen recording artist, has set her up to be a crazy successful starlet. People dub her as one of “Hollywood’s biggest popstars”, but to me, Aurora is just…Aurora. The funny thing about our friendship, is that she and I couldn’t be more polar opposite. She likes sparkly high-heels and I like Converse. She prefers to spend the evening out at a fun karaoke party, and I’d rather lock myself in my bedroom and devour an amazing novel. She craves sushi and caviar, and I just want a good ole’ hamburger and fries. When I actually stop to think about it, we’re so different from one another, it’s seems un-likely that our friendship would work. But it does.
I feel a little bit awkward talking about my friendship with her in a public interview like this, just because, for the most part, we try to keep things under the radar. Aurora’s life is so public and fabricated stories are printed about her in magazines every day. But as far as my role in her life, I think with all the stress and pressure that comes from her job, our friendship helps her maintain a sense of normalcy. Because, trust me people, they don’t get any more normal (and dare I say, boring) than me! I think I help Aurora slow down a little bit, and remember the simple things in life. Because we’re too completely different human beings, we clash heads a lot, but we’re besties, so we always work everything out.
Emma: Oh my stars. You just asked me the question of all questions. BOOKS. Oh books, how I adore you! Seriously though, where do I even begin? I could talk all day about my un-healthy obsession with written words. Unlike Aurora, I’m not much of a social butterfly. I mean, I crave adventure and human interaction just as much as the next person (well, depending on the day), but I am perfectly content to spend hours on my own, completely lost in a fictional world. The best books, if they’re written well, have the power to transport you to another place and time, giving you the opportunity to step inside the heart and soul of another person, and experience life through their perspective. Yeah, I know I must sound like a total geek right now, but it is what it is, and I am unashamed of my book addiction.
I can’t say that my ERD (Endless Reading Disorder) has affected my relationships with anyone because I can totally read and listen to the conversations going on around me at the same time. Maybe that’s like, my secret superpower or something.
Emma: Hollywood? In my own words? To be completely real, it’s like a pile of horse manure. I know, I know, probably not the answer you wanted to hear. But my Mom’s career (she’s a Talent Scout and Artist Management), as well as my close friendship with Aurora, has given me the front row seat of a show that nobody would ever want to see. Like candy-coated apples of poison loaded with worms, Hollywood is a deceptive mirage that people chase after, only to find themselves heartbroken and empty. Concepts like purity, self-control, self-respect, and serving others, are, from what I’ve seen, almost non-existent. Hollywood is a freaky place, but I guess it’s not any worse than High School. High School, except on a much larger scale, with glass walls and ceilings, and the whole world is watching your every move.
Emma: I’ll admit, my journey in Regal Hearts is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I like to think that my personality is much more steady and stable (well, I know it is compared to my high-strung Mother) and I try to be an anchor as much as possible. But the wacky series of events which unfolds, crashes a tidal wave of questions and instability into even the most secure of personalities. There are a lot of secrets and unknown information from the past that is uncovered, causing a bit of a storm on the home front. It’s not easy stuff, but I can see that my relationship with God has really grown and gotten stronger through it all. What I’m learning through all of this, is that Jesus is the anchor: not me. When insane situations and out of control scenarios fly at you, it’s super important to let go and believe that God has a greater purpose in it.
Emma: Hmm…I think that, if your readers take anything away from this interview, I want them to know that there’s nothing heroic or super-special about me. I’m so normal, and bland, it’s almost pathetic. But I don’t know, maybe that’s what makes me, Emma. You see, I live in a world where everyone around me is flooded with attention, shining beneath the spotlight, showing off their epic talents and magnetic personalities. But that’s not me. I’m more of a chameleon, blending into the background and observing, attempting to process all the crazy stuff that’s happening. But even though I’m quiet and unexceptional, God still has a role for me in this story. Which I think, is kind of amazing. Maybe girls reading this will be encouraged to know that whether their personalities are super sparkly, or super basic, God has a plan for them too.
And to answer your last question, OH MY FLAMINGOS, YES. Exciting is like, an understatement.
You know how, in your free time, you just wistfully stare out the window and daydream about all kinds of bizarre scenario’s which never happen to anybody, but would make such an epic movie if they did? Well, those are the kinds of things that have been unfolding around here. And trust me, this is a story you don’t want to miss. I wish I could tell you more about what’s happening in our world, but due to Aurora’s public profile, we really need to keep things on the DL.