Though the teens, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., haven’t made it a point to pursue acting hard core–”Our girls go to a normal school, and they go on auditions once in a while, but we don’t make it our top priority,” mom Gretchen Carpenter told Bustle back in 2015—they still nabbed plum roles in Jordan Peele’s March 2019 horror flick release, Us.
Granting an interview to their high school newspaper, the identical twins remarked how floored they were to have a chance to act alongside the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss. (Forget the fact that their very first gig had them working with Emmy winner Aniston.)
“I never really thought I could meet people like [Nyong’o, Duke and Moss], so it was a really cool experience,” Noelle said of their turn as thoroughly creepy twins. “I didn’t want to mess up because they were watching. So it was stressful, but in a good way.”
Thankfully Peele provided a steady guiding hand. “Everyone there was super friendly, and Jordan Peele was insanely nice and he is an actual genius,” Cali said. “To see him work was really cool, [and] he was super nice to us and he [was] just like a regular guy trying to make us feel comfortable.”