Laura Marano

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Laura Marano
Born (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2003–present
Relatives Vanessa Marano (sister)
Website lauramarano.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels Big Machine[1]
External image
Marano at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995[2]) is an American actress and singer who starred in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally[3][4] as Ally Dawson. Marano was one of the five original classmates in Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. She starred in Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. Her older sister Vanessa Marano is also an actress.[5] Marano stars in the indie film, A Sort of Homecoming.[6] Marano also stars in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh-Allyn Baker.[7]

Early life[edit]

Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano.[8] Her father is of Italian descent.[9] Her mother is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre.[10] Marano revealed that she does not go to school on the set of Austin & Ally. Instead, she attended a regular high school: "I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive [...] It's nice when I'm not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends."[11] She is also the younger sister of Vanessa Marano, who stars on ABC Family's Switched at Birth.

Career[edit]

2003–2013: Early television projects and Austin & Ally[edit]

Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old.[12] Since then, she worked for multiple productions at the Stage Door Theater. She has appeared in numerous commercials and had small roles on Ghost Whisperer, Medical Investigation, Huff and Joan of Arcadia. Her bigger roles in television have been in Without a Trace and other shows. She played the child role of Keira Knightley's character in the film The Jacket and had a small flashback role in the film Superbad. She was a regular cast member on the FOX game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played the role of Gracie Carr on FOX's sitcom Back to You. Marano has since appeared in several episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program. Initially she was cast in the pilot episode, "Batteries", as the child version of Sarah Silverman, and the writers liked her so much they brought her back for a larger role as a girl Sarah coaches to win a beauty pageant ("Not Without My Daughter"). On the DVD commentary track, co-star Brian Posehn notes that Marano knew everyone else's lines better than they did. She also appeared in Dexter as the child version of Debra Morgan. She also played the child version of a character played by Diana Scarwid, Alice Shaw, sister of Angela Petrelli, on Heroes.

In 2011, Marano starred as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.[13][14] In 2013, Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with Ross Lynch for the soundtrack album Austin & Ally: Turn It Up.[15] "Me and You" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at number thirteen before rising to the sixth spot, spending eleven weeks on the chart.[16] "Redial" debuted at number nineteen before peaking at number eighteen, spending four weeks on the chart.[16] Also in 2013, Marano recorded a duet with her Austin & Ally co-star Ross Lynch entitled "I Love Christmas" for Disney Channel's third holiday compilation album, Holidays Unwrapped.[17] On November 25, 2013, the song was released as a promotional single.[17] On December 14, "I Love Christmas" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart peaking at number fifty.[18] Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.[19][20][21]

2014–present: Films and debut album[edit]

In 2014, Marano voiced as Rachel in four episodes of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. She also appeared as Hammu in Fish Hooks and as Fangs in Liv and Maddie. Also in 2014, she appeared in a music video produced for British pop-rock group The Vamps and American singer Demi Lovato called "Somebody To You".[22] In March 2015, Marano stated that she had signed a record deal with Universal's Big Machine Records.[1] In the same year, Marano starred in Disney Channel's Original Movie, Bad Hair Day. The film was first released on February 6, 2015 on Disney Channel and had its premiere broadcast in the US on February 13.[23][24] She also starring as the young version of Amy in A Sort of Homecoming, which tells the story of a girl who returns to her home town in Louisiana from her career in New York City upon request of her high school debate coach. In flashbacks, she recalls her senior year, the politics surrounding debate competitions.[25] On January 10, 2016, Austin and Ally ended after four seasons.[26]

On March 11, 2016, Marano released her debut single called "Boombox" from her upcoming debut studio album. On August 13, 2016, Marano announced that the second single from the album, "La La", would be released on August 25, 2016.[27]

Philanthropy[edit]

In August 2013, Marano has been named the 2013 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. About the campaign, Laura said "I'm so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF's lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate."[28] In August 2014, Marano was ambassador for the Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables campaign 'Step up to the plate'.[29] The campaign's goal is to encourage children in the United States to explore healthy foods such as vegetables.

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Finding Nemo Additional voices [30][31]
2005 Jacket, TheThe Jacket Young Jackie
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Additional voices
2007 Goldfish Suzy Short film
2007 Superbad Young Becca
2015 Sort of Homecoming, AA Sort of Homecoming Young Amy
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Hotel Babysitter
2017 Lady Bird Diana Glass Filming
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003–06 Without a Trace Kate Malone Recurring role (seasons 2–4)
2004 Joan of Arcadia Emily Episode: "Night Without Stars"
2005 Medical Investigation Brooke Beck Episode: "Tribe"
2005–08 X's, TheThe X's Scout Y Voice; main role
2006 Ghost Whisperer Audrey Episode: "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost"
2006 Huff Amelia Episode: "Black Shadows"
2006 Dexter Young Debra Episodes: "Let's Give the Boy a Hand", "Father Knows Best"
2007 Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Herself / Judge / Mentor Season 1
2007–08 Back to You Gracie Carr Main role
2007–10 The Sarah Silverman Program Heather Silverman / Young Sarah Silverman Recurring role
2008 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Mei Mei Voice; episode: "Kai-Lan's Trip to China"
2008 Gary Unmarried Louise Brooks Episodes: "Pilot", "Gary Gets Boundaries"
2009 Heroes Young Alice Shaw Episode: "1961"
2009 Little Monk Cousin Lauren Episode: "Little Monk and the Monk Cousin"
2010 True Jackson, VP Molly Episode: "Little Buddies"
2010 FlashForward Young Tracy Episode: "Blowback"
2010 Childrens Hospital Haley Episode: "Frankfurthers, Allman Brothers, Death, Frankfurters"
2011–16 Austin & Ally Ally Dawson Lead role
2012 Jessie Ally Dawson Episode: "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year"
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Rachel Voice; recurring role (season 2)
2014 Fish Hooks Girl Hamster #2 Voice; episode: "Algae Day"
2014 Liv and Maddie Fangs Special guest star; episode: "Howl-A-Rooney"
2015 Bad Hair Day Monica Reeves Television film[32]
2015 Girl Meets World Ally Dawson Special guest star; episode: "Girl Meets World of Terror 2"
2016 Mère et Fille, California Dream Herself Television film[33]

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US
[34]
US
OST

[34]
Austin & Ally:
Turn It Up
89 6
Austin & Ally:
Take It from the Top
  • Released: March 31, 2015 [35]
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles
Title Year Album
"Boombox" 2016
"La La"

Promotional singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Album
"Words"[36] 2010 Non-album single
"I Love Christmas"[17]
(with Ross Lynch)
2013 Holidays Unwrapped

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Other artist(s) Album
"Poop Song" 2010 Sarah Silverman From Our Rears to Your Ears[37]
"Shine" 2012 N/A Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
"The Me That You Don't See" 2014 Disney Channel: Play It Loud
"Austin & Ally Glee Club Mash Up" Austin & Ally cast
"You Can Come to Me" Ross Lynch

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director Notes
"Words" 2010 Waldman Entertainment[38]
"Heard It on the Radio" 2012 Matt Stawski[39] Guest appearance; Ross Lynch's music video
"The Me That You Don't See"[40] 2013 N/A
"Somebody to You" 2014 Emil Nava[41] Guest appearance; The Vamps' and Demi Lovato's music video
"For The Ride"[42] 2015 N/A
"Boombox"[43] 2016 Cole Walliser[44]
"Freya Vs. Ravenna" Whitney Avalon[45] Guest appearance; Princess Rap Battle, YouTube video series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated [46]
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favourite TV Actress Austin & Ally Won [47]
Remi Awards Rising Actress A Sort of Homecoming Won [25]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Austin & Ally Nominated [48]
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ross Lynch) Austin & Ally Nominated [48]
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Austin & Ally Nominated [49]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated
Streamy Awards Original Song Boombox Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Liz Isenberg. "Kids' Choice Awards 2015: Iggy Azalea Begged Producers to Get Slimed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Disney Channel Medianet - Laura Marano bio". Disney Channel. 2012. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Born November 29, 1995 
  3. ^ Erin Hill (November 19, 2013). "'My Favorite Things' with Austin & Ally's Laura Marano". Parade. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Disney's Laura Marano Shares Secrets!". Hollywood.com. 
  5. ^ "Vanessa & Laura Marano At ' Phineas & Ferb' Premiere". Retrieved January 11, 2015 – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ Dave McNary (January 28, 2014). "Laura Marano Starring in 'A Sort of Homecoming' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "'Bad Hair Day': Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker to Star in Disney Channel Original Movie". Variety. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeffrey Dransfeldt (January 25, 2009). "Agoura Hills sisters are young stars on the rise". Ventura County Star. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Laura Marano". Tommy2.net. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "About Us". Agoura Children's Theatre. 
  11. ^ "Laura Marano Goes To A Regular High School". Disney Dreaming. April 9, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Vanessa & Laura Marano Interview - 2012 Teen Choice Awards". clevverTV. July 23, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2013 – via YouTube. 
  13. ^ ""Austin & Ally," A Comedy About An Unlikely Friendship, Premieres Sunday, December 4 on Disney Channel". Disney Channel. November 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ Philiana Ng (March 11, 2012). "Disney Channel Renews 'Austin & Ally' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Austin & Ally: Turn It Up (Soundtrack from the TV Series)". Itunes. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Artists / Laura Marano - Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "I Love Christmas - Single by Ross Lynch & Laura Marano". Zobbel. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ "December 14, 2013 - Holiday Digital Songs". Billboard. September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ Malcolm Lewis Barnes (November 27, 2013). "Teen Star Laura Marano Surprises Students at Leckie Elementary". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Hanging With Austin & Ally - Part 5 Laura Marano Interview - Disney Channel Official". April 3, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013 – via YouTube. 
  21. ^ Sarah Bull (October 5, 2012). "I'd LOVE to be in the Bridget Jones musical!' Austin & Ally star Laura Marano on why she's eyeing up a role in the West End"". Daily Mail. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Vamps on casting Laura Marano in their 'Somebody To You' music video: Pressparty". Pressparty. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Bad Hair Day (Trailer)". Family Channel. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2015 – via YouTube. 
  24. ^ "April 2015 – A-Z Movies" (PDF). Foxtel. Australia. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "2015 Announcing Best Actor and Actress Nominations for WorldFest-Houston 48th". robly.com. 
  26. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (January 8, 2016). "Disney's Austin & Ally Creators Talk Series Finale, Favorite Cast Memories". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ Laura Marano [lauramarano] (August 12, 2016). "Laura Marano La La 8.25.16" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  28. ^ "Disney Channel Star Laura Marano Named 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador". Looktothestars.org. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Laura Marano, from Disney's Austin and Ally, Steps Up to the Plate!". WTSP 10 News. August 27, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Austin & Ally Show Bios". Disney Channel Press. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  31. ^ Stephanie Osmanski (May 7, 2014). "13 More Stars You Had No Idea Voiced These Animated Characters!". M Magazine. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  32. ^ Sara Bibel (January 7, 2015). "Original Movie 'Bad Hair Day' Starring Laura Marano & Leigh-Allyn Baker to Premiere Friday, February 13 on Disney Channel" (Press release). Disney Channel. Retrieved January 7, 2015 – via TV by the Numbers. 
  33. ^ Antoine Delplanque (February 5, 2016). "Mère et fille, California Dream : la fiction avec Lubna Gourion (Plus belle la vie) et Laura Marano (Austin & Ally)". Toutelatele (in French). Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  34. ^ a b List of Lynch's albums and singles on Billboard:
  35. ^ "Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top - iTunes". iTunes. 
  36. ^ "Laura Marano – Words". Discogs. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Poop Song [Explicit]". Amazon. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  38. ^ "Laura Marano- Words (Official Music Video)" – via YouTube. 
  39. ^ "Disney Channel Heads to the Beach with the World Premiere of 'Heard It On the Radio' Music Video, Friday, July 13" (Press release). Disney Channel. July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012 – via TV By The Numbers. 
  40. ^ "Laura Marano - The Me That You Don't See (Official Video)" – via YouTube. 
  41. ^ "The Vamps - Somebody To You ft. Demi Lovato" – via YouTube. 
  42. ^ "Laura Marano - For The Ride (From "Bad Hair Day")" – via YouTube. 
  43. ^ "Laura Marano - Boombox" – via YouTube. 
  44. ^ Yannick Murgalé. "Laura Marano : l'après Disney avec le single « Boombox »". Aficia (in French). Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  45. ^ "Freya Vs. Ravenna Princess Rap Battle" – via YouTube. 
  46. ^ Philiana Ng (June 17, 2014). "Teen Choice Awards Nominees: Selena Gomez, Austin Mahone and More". Hollywood Life. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  47. ^ Rebecca Macatee (February 20, 2015). "2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Honor Nick Jones,Meryl Streep: See the Complete List of Nominees!". E! Online. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  48. ^ a b "Wave 2 Nominees!". Teen Choice Awards. July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  49. ^ Rebecca Macatee (February 20, 2015). "Kids' Choice Awards 2016 Nominations are in: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Anna Kendrick & More Favorites Named". E! Online. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 

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Preceded by
None
(Reason: Show Began)
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Member of the Class
Occupant of Seat #1

Season 1 (2007)
Succeeded by
Marki Ann Meyer
(Halfway through Season 1)