Peyton List, Disney Channel Star: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Peyton List is the star of Disney Channel’s The Swap and Bunk’d. (Getty)

There are two actresses named Peyton List working in Hollywood today, but only one of them is the star of The Disney Channel’s Bunk’d and the new Disney Channel Original Movie The Swap. The 18-year-old Peyton List, not to be confused with the 30-year-old List who stars in the CW’s new series Frequency, has been acting since she was four years old.

With The Swap debuting on The Disney Channel on October 7, here’s a look at the younger List’s life and career.

1. List Has Been Playing Emma Ross for Disney Since 2011 & Has Appeared in 5 Different Series

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Peyton List in February 2016. (Getty)

List has been playing Emma Ross almost non-stop since 2011, when the character debuted in Jessie with Debbie Ryan. When that series ended, she continued playing the role in Bunk’d, where Emma goes off to camp in Maine. In between those two shows, List has also played Emma in crossover episodes with Austin & Ally, K.C. Undercover and Good Luck Charlie. As a bonus, she was asked to voice the character in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man.

In an interview with Teen.com last year, List said that there was talk about a Jessie spin-off with her character even before Jessie ended.

“We were talking about it a little bit before we finished Jessie,” List said. “And I had to keep it under wraps and not really talk about it with anyone. But, when I first heard about it, I was like, ‘YES! I would love to see Emma mature a little bit,’ so I think it will be awesome.”

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2. List Has a Twin Brother Named Spencer Who Also Acts

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Peyton List with Jackson Pace (left) and her brother, Spencer List. (Getty)

List’s twin brother is Spencer List, who has mostly focused on movie roles as he’s grown up. He did make a guest appearance on an episode of Bunk’d and did appear in an episode of iCarly in 2012.

The two were born in Florida, but their parents moved to New York when they were four years old and they immediately began finding roles in movies. Both have brief uncredited roles in Spider-Man 2 (2004). Spencer appeared in a 2003 episode of Law & Order SVU, although it wasn’t until 2011 that List had a role on the show.

More recently, Spencer starred in Hard Sell with Kristin Chenoweth and Katrina Bowden, and Mockingbird with Natalie Alyn Lind and Emily Alyn Lind.

Spencer and List graduated high school in May 2016.

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3. The Two Peyton Lists Once Worked Together in the Same Scene

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Peyton List with Michelle Obama at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. (Getty)

While it’s not uncommon for two people to share the same name of course, it is uncommon for two successful actresses to share the exact same first and last name. Earlier in her career, List did use her middle initial “R” to help differentiate herself from the older Peyton List, but she no longer does that as they rarely cross paths.

However, when Peyton was younger, the two Lists did appear on As The World Turns together. At the time, the older List was playing Lucy Montgomery.

“We stayed at the same hotel actually at one point and we got each other’s call sheets and I got voicemails for her and she got the same thing from me,” List told Access Hollywood in 2013.

“It’s really weird! What are the odds? It’s not like a common name and we spell it the same way and everything,” List added.

The older Peyton List has also starred on The Tomorrow People, Mad Men, The Flash and 90210. She currently stars on Frequency.

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4. List Is Currently the Face of Bongo

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In 2015, the fashion label Bongo named List the face of its 2015 fall campaign and she has continued working with the brand.

In an interview with People in October, List said she was “ecstatic” when the opportunity to be a Bongo girl came. In October, List was at an event at a Sears in Torrance, California for the brand and she helped style six girls at the store.

“My style is kind of like rocker-chic,” she told People. “I love [wearing] leather jackets, boots and chunky sweaters for fall. Bongo really fits into my style right now, especially for this season.”

5. List Also Stars in the New YouTube Red Movie ‘The Thinning’ With Logan Paul

List has done her best to avoid being labeled a “Disney Channel Star” by working outside the Disney universe. She’s starred in two Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies for 20th Century Fox and has made several TV movies, including Secrets in the Walls (2010) and A Sister’s Nightmare (2013).

Her next non-Disney project is The Thinning, a horror movie directed by Michael Gallagher and co-starring Logan Paul (Stitchers). In the movie, the two stars play students who try to expose a mysterious test all high school students must take to survive.

The film will be available on YouTube Red on October 12.

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