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Laura Marano

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Laura Marano
Born Laura Marie Marano
(1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 22)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2003–present
Relatives Vanessa Marano (sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels Warner Bros.
Website lauramarano.com
External image
Marano at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Laura Marie Marano[1] (born November 29, 1995[2]) is an American actress and singer. She 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. Marano starred in the indie film A Sort of Homecoming.[5] Marano also starred in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh-Allyn Baker.[6]

In 2015, she signed with Big Machine Records and released her debut single “Boombox” on March 11, 2016. At the end of 2016, Big Machine Records made the decision to drop all of their pop artists.[7] Marano then signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2017 and plans to release her debut album with the label.[8] She is also the younger sister of actress Vanessa Marano who starred in Freeform‘s Switched at Birth.

Early life[edit]

Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano, who owns the Agoura Children’s Theatre.[9][10] Her father is of Italian descent.[11] Marano was first introduced to acting at her mother’s theatre. At age 5, Marano began expressing interest in acting professionally to her parents along with her older sister Vanessa, who is also an actress. However, her mother had trepidation about the idea of her daughters working in the tough industry of acting. She took them to one of the strictest talent agents in Abrams Talent Agency in hopes that they would be rejected and then lose interest. To her surprise, the agency wanted both Laura and Vanessa.[12] From there, Marano began her career.

Marano attended traditional school while she worked, even when she booked a full-time job on Austin & Ally, instead of doing school on set. “I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive,” said Marano. “It’s nice when I’m not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends.”[13]

Career[edit]

2003–2010: Without a Trace and Back to You[edit]

Marano’s first acting role was when she was five years old.[14] 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.

2011–2016: Austin & Ally[edit]

In 2011, Marano starred as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.[15][16] In 2013, Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with Ross Lynch for the soundtrack album Austin & Ally: Turn It Up.[17] “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.[18] “Redial” debuted at number nineteen before peaking at number eighteen, spending four weeks on the chart.[18] 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.[19] On November 25, 2013, the song was released as a promotional single.[19] On December 14, “I Love Christmas” debuted within the U.S. Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart peaking at number fifty.[20] Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.[21][22][23]

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“.[24] In March 2015, Marano stated that she had signed a record deal with Universal’s Big Machine Records.[25] 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.[26][27] 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.[28] On January 10, 2016, Austin and Ally ended after four seasons.[29]

2016–present: Radio, films and debut album[edit]

On January 13, 2016, Marano debuted her own radio talk show on Radio Disney entitled For the Record with Laura Marano. The weekly one-hour show chronicles Marano’s journey as she launches her music career, featuring interviews with a guest star in each episode. The show also provides listeners tips on how one can pursue a career in music.[30] The show has featured various guest stars including Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, and Troye Sivan. The first episode of the show, which aired January 12, 2016, guest starred her co-stars of Austin & Ally. On March 11, 2016, Marano released her debut single called “Boombox” from her upcoming debut studio album. The music video for the single released on April 4, 2016 and accumulated over 6 million views in a week. The video currently holds over 50 million views. It guest stars actor and comedian Ken Jeong, along with his daughter Zooey, and was directed by Cole Walliser. On April 30, 2016, Marano performed the single at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards which aired on Disney Channel on May 1. Marano also performed the song on Today as Elvis Duran‘s Artist of the Month on May 31, 2016. On August 13, 2016, Marano announced that the second single from the album, “La La”, would be released on August 25, 2016.[31]

On May 18, 2017, it was announced that Marano had switched record labels, signing to Warner Bros. Records. Her music is scheduled to release in the fall of 2017 with the label.[8]

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.”[32] In August 2014, Marano was ambassador for the Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables campaign ‘Step up to the plate’.[33] The campaign’s goal is to encourage children in the United States to explore healthy foods such as vegetables.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Finding Nemo Additional voices [34][35]
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 Greenway
2018 The War With Grandpa Mia [36]
2018 Saving Zoë Echo post-production[37]
2018 The Stand In Celia Lieberman filming

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2006 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
2005–2006 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
2007–2008 Back to You Gracie Carr Main role
2007–2010 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
2011–2016 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[38]
2015 Pickle and Peanut Veronica Voice: “Gory Agnes, Haunted Couch
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[39]

Actress (39 credits)
 2018 The Stand-In (post-production)
Celia Lieberman
 2018 Love Daily (TV Series)
Erica

Sexiled on the Main Quad (2018) … Erica
 2017 Lady Bird
Diana Greenway
 2016 Princess Rap Battle (TV Series short)
Ravenna

Freya vs. Ravenna (2016) … Ravenna
 2011-2016 Austin & Ally (TV Series)
Ally Dawson

Musicals & Moving On (2016) … Ally Dawson
Duets & Destiny (2016) … Ally Dawson
Santas & Surprises (2015) … Ally Dawson
Cap and Gown & Can’t Be Found (2015) … Ally Dawson
Rejection & Rocketships (2015) … Ally Dawson
 2015 Pickle and Peanut (TV Series)
Veronica

Gory Agnes/Haunted Couch (2015) … Veronica (voice)
 2015 Girl Meets World (TV Series)
Ally Dawson

Girl Meets World: Of Terror 2 (2015) … Ally Dawson
 2014-2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (TV Series)
Rachel

When Howie Met Randy/Bro Money Bro Problems (2015) … Rachel (voice)
Wonkin’ for the Weekend/Ninjafan (2015) … Rachel (voice)
Let the Wonk One In/The Curse of Mudfart (2014) … Rachel (voice)
Julian’s Birthday Surprise/True Bromance (2014) … Rachel (voice)
 2015 A Sort of Homecoming
Young Amy
 2015 Bad Hair Day (TV Movie)
Monica
 2014 Kirby Buckets (TV Series)
Flice Kid

Flice of the Living Dead (2014) … Flice Kid (uncredited)
 2014 Liv and Maddie (TV Series)
Fangs

Howl-A-Rooney (2014) … Fangs
 2014 Fish Hooks (TV Series)
Girl Hamster #2

Algae Day/Bea Saves a Tree (2014) … Girl Hamster #2 (voice)
 2012 Jessie (TV Series)
Ally Dawson

Nanny in Miami (2012) … Ally Dawson
 2010 Telepathetic (TV Movie)
Marsha
 2010 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Haley

Give a Painted Brother a Break (2010) … Haley (uncredited)
 2010 Flashforward (TV Series)
Young Tracy

Blowback (2010) … Young Tracy
 2007-2010 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (TV Series)
Mei Mei

Kai-lan’s Playhouse (2010) … Mei Mei (voice)
Kai-lan’s Carnival (2008) … Mei Mei (voice)
Rain or Shine (2008) … Mei Mei (voice)
Wait, Hoho, Wait! (2008) … Mei Mei (voice)
Tolee’s Rhyme Time (2008) … Mei Mei (voice)
 2007-2010 The Sarah Silverman Program. (TV Series)
Young Sarah Silverman / Heather Silverman

A Slip Slope (2010) … Young Sarah Silverman
The Mongolian Beef (2008) … Young Sarah Silverman
Doody (2007) … Young Sarah Silverman
Batteries (2007) … Young Sarah Silverman
Muffin’ Man (2007) … Young Sarah Silverman
 2010 True Jackson, VP (TV Series)
Molly

Little Buddies (2010) … Molly
True Drama (2010) … Molly (uncredited)
 2009 Little Monk (TV Series)
Cousin Lauren

Little Monk and the Monk Cousin (2009) … Cousin Lauren
 2009 Heroes (TV Series)
Young Alice Shaw

Chapter Ten ‘1961’ (2009) … Young Alice Shaw
 2008 Gary Unmarried (TV Series)
Louise Brooks

Gary Gets Boundaries (2008) … Louise Brooks
Pilot (2008) … Louise Brooks
 2007-2008 Back to You (TV Series)
Gracie Carr

Cradle to Grave (2008) … Gracie Carr
Something’s Up There (2007) … Gracie Carr
Gracie’s Bully (2007) … Gracie Carr
First Supper (2007) … Gracie Carr
Pilot (2007) … Gracie Carr
 2007 Superbad
Young Becca
 2007/I Goldfish (Short)
Suzy Jenkins
 2006 Dexter (TV Series)
Young Debra

Father Knows Best (2006) … Young Debra
Let’s Give the Boy a Hand (2006) … Young Debra
 2006 The X’s (TV Series)
Scout Y

Truman Scorned/Y’s Up (2006) … Scout Y (voice)
 2006 Huff (TV Series)
Amelia

Black Shadows (2006) … Amelia
 2003-2006 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Kate Malone

Shattered (2006) … Kate Malone
Malone v. Malone (2004) … Kate Malone
Upstairs Downstairs (2004) … Kate Malone
In the Dark (2004) … Kate Malone
Bait (2004) … Kate Malone
 2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown (voice)
 2006 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Audrey

Friendly Neighborhood Ghost (2006) … Audrey
 2005 The Jacket
Young Jackie
 2005 Medical Investigation (TV Series)
Brooke Beck

Tribe (2005) … Brooke Beck
 2004 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series)
Emily

Night without Stars (2004) … Emily
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Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 For the Record with Laura Marano[40] Host Radio Disney

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US
[41]
US
OST

[41]
Austin & Ally:
Turn It Up
89 6
Austin & Ally:
Take It from the Top
  • Released: March 31, 2015 [42]
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
23
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2016 Boombox TBA
La La[43] TBA
2018 “Weekend (with Bo Talks)” TBA

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 “Words”[44] Non-album single
2013 “I Love Christmas”[19]
(with Ross Lynch)
Holidays Unwrapped
2015 “Perfect Christmas”
(with Ross Lynch)
Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2012 “Shine” N/A Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
2014 “The Me That You Don’t See” N/A Disney Channel: Play It Loud
Austin & Ally Glee Club Mash Up” Ross Lynch, Calum Worthy and Raini Rodriguez
“You Can Come to Me” Ross Lynch

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Year Title Director Notes
2010 “Words” Waldman Entertainment[45]
2012 Heard It on the Radio Matt Stawski[46] Guest appearance; Ross Lynch‘s music video
2013 “The Me That You Don’t See”[47] N/A
2014 Somebody to You Emil Nava[48] Guest appearance; The Vamps‘ and Demi Lovato‘s music video
2015 “For The Ride”[49] N/A
2016 Boombox[50] Cole Walliser[51] Music video for debut single
“Freya Vs. Ravenna” Whitney Avalon[52] Guest appearance; As Ravenna. Princess Rap Battle, YouTube video series
“Miraculous”[53] Cole Walliser[54] Music video for Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated [55]
2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite TV Actress Austin & Ally Won [56]
Remi Awards Rising Actress A Sort of Homecoming Won [28]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Austin & Ally Nominated [57]
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ross Lynch) Austin & Ally Nominated [57]
2016 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Austin & Ally Nominated [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Austin & Ally Nominated
Streamy Awards Original Song Boombox Nominated
2017 Detroit Film Critics Society Miglior Ensemble The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [59]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cast The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [60]
[61]
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [62]
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cast The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [63]
[64]
Online Film Critics Society Best Ensemble The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [65]
2018 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [66]
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The cast of Lady Bird Nominated [67]
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