Austin & Ally star Laura Marano has sure been keeping busy! The talented young actress was recently named the 2013 Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador. In this role, Laura will advocate, educate, and fundraise for UNICEF’s Kids Helping Kids campaign that raises money to aid children around the world.
Celebrity Teen Scoop recently chatted with Laura about her role as the 2013 Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador and how she got involved in the Kids Helping Kids initiative. She also revealed what fans can expect to see in upcoming episodes of Austin & Ally and shared what it is like to work with Ross Lynch and her other co-stars!
CTS: Tell us about your role as 2013 Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador. How did you get involved in the Kids Helping Kids campaign?
Laura: “I am so ridiculously excited about working with UNICEF! I’ve heard about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF since I was a little girl, and I think it’s extremely important to give back. When I heard about the opportunity to be the Ambassador for Trick-Or-Treat, I immediately said ‘yes!’ The amazing thing about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF is that it not only helps kids around the world who are not as fortunate as we are here, but it also provides a fun, easy way for kids here to get involved and give back.”
CTS: Tell us about the two Public Service Announcements you helped film for UNICEF. What are the PSAs all about?
Laura: “The first PSA (which was so much fun to shoot!) discusses Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF more generally. The PSA shows me making masks with five little adorable children while telling them that they could actually help kids around the world during Halloween time. I let them know that through Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF, kids can raise money for other children and help them get food, clean water, education supplies, and so much more.
The other PSA talks about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF a little more specifically by discussing the new Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge! This super cool School Challenge asks teachers and their classrooms to creatively show what the Kids Helping Kids movement means to them. The winning classroom gets a $1000 grant and the teacher gets to join UNICEF on one of their international trips. That’s pretty awesome!”
CTS: You currently star as Ally Dawson on Austin & Ally. What is your favorite part about being on the show?
Laura: “I have so much fun on the set of Austin & Ally…it’s actually kind of ridiculous. There are so many things that I love about the show, but my favorite part is just working with everybody on our set. The cast and crew are all really close, and I am so happy that I have this additional part of my family.”
CTS: What can fans of the show expect to see in upcoming episodes?
Laura: “I am really excited for fans to see our last few episodes of our second season, because we worked so hard on them. They have awesome performances, really funny moments, and some dramatic moments as well. Austin and Ally have to make some very hard decisions, and it definitely affects both their professional and personal relationship. I also can’t wait for fans to see the third season, as we have some fun new sets for everyone to see!”
CTS: What is it like working with Ross Lynch and all your other co-stars? Do you all hang out off-set?
Laura: “It’s honestly crazy how close we are. I feel so lucky to be working with Ross, Raini, and Calum, not only because they are all insanely talented, but also because they are incredibly sweet people. I cannot fully express how much I love working with them!”
CTS: Which actors and actresses would you like to work with the most?
Laura: “Oh my goodness, this list goes on and on! I would love to work with Meryl Streep, because she is absolutely incredible. I would also love to work with Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone, as I think these ladies are insanely talented!”
CTS: Do you have any advice for young people thinking of getting into the acting industry?
Laura: “Practice, practice, and practice, and definitely go to acting classes and work on your craft as much as possible. In fact, you should probably do as much theater as possible, because plays teach you a lot about being a part of a production. Finally, if you know acting is something you really want to do, then remember to always believe in yourself. It is a really tough business, but if you keep working hard it is inevitable that you will succeed, even if it takes years and years.”
CTS: What do you like to do in your free time when you are not on-set or preparing for a role?
Laura: “Actually, I am usually in school when I am not on-set or preparing for a role. When I am not shooting, I go to a regular high school. This definitely takes up a large part of my time. I am super lucky because everyone around me is very supportive, which makes my schooling possible.”
CTS: What other upcoming projects do you have?
Laura: “I am actually working on another acting project, but I can’t quite talk about it yet! I am really excited about it though!”