Laura Marie Marano (born November 29, 1995) is an American actress and singer. She starred in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally 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. Marano also starred in the 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day. In 2019 Marano starred in the Netflix original movie The Perfect Date.
Marano in 2013
Laura Marie Marano
November 29, 1995
|Relatives||Vanessa Marano (sister)|
|Labels||Big Machine Records (2015-2016)|
Warner Bros. (2017)
Flip Phone Records (2018-)
In 2015, she signed with Big Machine Records and released her debut single "Boombox" on March 11, 2016 and "La La" later that year. On October 5, 2018, Laura Marano released the single Me as an independent artist.
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. Her father is of Italian descent. 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. 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."
2003–2010: Without a Trace and Back to YouEdit
Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old. 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 and radioEdit
In 2011, Marano starred as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. In 2013, Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with Ross Lynch for the soundtrack album Austin & Ally: Turn It Up. "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. "Redial" debuted at number nineteen before peaking at number eighteen, spending four weeks on the chart. 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. On November 25, 2013, the song was released as a promotional single. On December 14, "I Love Christmas" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart peaking at number fifty. Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.
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". In March 2015, Marano stated that she had signed a record deal with Universal's Big Machine Records. 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. 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. On January 10, 2016, Austin and Ally ended after four seasons.
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. 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.
2016–present: Films and musicEdit
On March 11, 2016, Marano released her debut single called "Boombox". 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. Marano released her second single, "La La", on August 25, 2016. At the end of 2016, Big Machine Records made the decision to drop all of their pop artists, except for Taylor Swift. On May 18, 2017, it was announced that Marano had signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2017. In 2018, they parted ways, because the people who had signed her left Warner Bros.
On October 1, 2018, Marano announced in a Q&A video posted on her YouTube channel that she would be releasing new music as an independent artist. She named her own label Flip Phone Records, as Marano is known for not owning a smartphone and still using a flip phone. On October 5, 2018, she released the single "Me" .. In January 2019, she released the single "Let Me Cry" along with its music video. In February 2019, Marano performed at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles and released the single "F.E.O.U.". On March 8, 2019, she released her debut EP, Me, featuring two unheard tracks and a new remix to "F.E.O.U.".
In August 2013, Marano was 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." In August 2014, Marano was ambassador for the Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables campaign 'Step up to the plate'. The campaign's goal is to encourage children in the United States to explore healthy foods such as vegetables.
|2003||Finding Nemo||Additional voices|||
|2005||The Jacket||Young Jackie|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Additional voices|
|2015||A Sort of Homecoming||Young Amy|
|2015||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||Hotel Babysitter|
|2017||Lady Bird||Diana Greenway|
|2019||The Perfect Date||Celia Lieberman||Netflix original film|
|2019||A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish||Kat||Upcoming film|
|TBA||The War With Grandpa||Mia||In post-production|
|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||The 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||Main role|
|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|
|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|
|2018||Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir||Clara Nightingale||Episode: "Frightningale"|
|2019||Super Simple Love Story||Nellie||CBS pilot|
|Austin & Ally:
Turn It Up
|Austin & Ally:
Take It from the Top
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
As main artistEdit
|"Me"||2018||Me - EP|
|"Let Me Cry"||2019|
|"Not Like Me"|
|"A Little Closer"||TBA|
|"Lie To Me"||Me - EP|
As featured artistEdit
(BoTalks featuring Laura Marano)
|"I Love Christmas"
(with Ross Lynch)
|"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"||Ross Lynch, Calum Worthy and Raini Rodriguez|
|"You Can Come to Me"||Ross Lynch|
|"The Me That You Don't See"||2013||Unknown|||
|"For The Ride"||2015|||
|"Miraculous (Theme Song)"|||
|"Let Me Cry"||2019||Unknown|||
|"Heard It on the Radio"||2012||Ross Lynch||Matt Stawski|||
|"Somebody to You"||2014||The Vamps and Demi Lovato||Emil Nava|||
|"Freya Vs. Ravenna"||2016||Princess Rap Battle||Whitney Avalon|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Austin & Ally||Nominated|||
|2015||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actress||Austin & Ally||Won|||
|Remi Awards||Rising Actress||A Sort of Homecoming||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Austin & Ally||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Chemistry (with Ross Lynch)||Austin & Ally||Nominated|||
|2016||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Female TV Star||Austin & Ally||Nominated|||
|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|||
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Cast||The cast of Lady Bird||Nominated|||
|Seattle Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble||The cast of Lady Bird||Nominated|||
|Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Cast||The cast of Lady Bird||Nominated|||
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble||The cast of Lady Bird||Nominated|||
|2018||Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The cast of Lady Bird||Nominated|||
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||The cast of Lady Bird||Nominated|||
|2019||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Comedy Movie Actress||The Perfect Date||Won|||
|Choice Movie Ship (with Noah Centineo)||Nominated|
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