We met one of our favorite actresses, Laura Marano, when she was visiting Planet Hollywood in Manhattan recently.
What do you like to do when you're not singing or acting?
I love reading. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I'm such a nerd. I love Harry Potter novels. I read them all the time. I love reading for school. I just love reading.
Do you get to keep the clothes you wear in "Austin & Ally"?
I get to keep some of them. Not necessarily keep them -- I get to borrow sometimes. I actually borrow a lot of Ally's clothes from "Austin & Ally." I love what she wears.
How old were you when you started acting and writing music?
I started acting when I was 5 and I started writing as soon as I could talk. Not good songs, mind you. I was 4 years old and writing about candy and they were 50 minutes long and my poor family, I'd be like, "Do you want to hear my song?" and they're like, "No, not again." But I guess I started seriously getting into music when I was . . . in seventh grade, 12 or 13. And then when I got "Austin & Ally" that just opened up a bunch of doors for me because it was a show about music.
How do you like being recognized in public?
I like to look somewhat decent when I'm recognized. I like to hopefully people think of me as someone who's like relatable and I'm not perfect in any way. I'm just a quirky awkward girl who happens to sing and act.
If you could perform with any person, who would that be?
So many people. Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran. I love Ed Sheeran so much. Pink, I love Pink, I love Sara Bareilles, I love Carole King, she's cool. I saw her musical the last time I was here, "Beautiful." I'm up to singing a duet with anybody. I think singing duets is so cool.
This may be a really silly question, but on "Austin & Ally" you did a dance, the Ally. When you dance at a party do you dance the Ally way?
I do not dance the Ally way. I pride myself as a little bit of a better dancer than Ally. The sixth/seventh episode of Season 1, I was reading the script with my family, it was a Sunday night and it says Ally does this awkward dance. So I'm like, "guys, -- Mom, Dad, Vanessa, my sister -- what do you think if I gave them choices of my awkward dance moves?" So my first one I did, I was just sitting at the table and my sister's like, "Stop Laura, that's the most awkward dance anyone can do. That's the winner." I did that in that episode and it became a thing and it became the Ally way.
What song in "Austin & Ally" was your favorite?
"I'm Finally Me" will always be one of my favorites because I wrote it and it's Ally's first solo song. So it's like really special for me. I love "Steal Your Heart," "Hello," when Austin's like singing in the dreamlike trial. "Don't Look Down," that one's like super catchy. "I Think About You," "Parachute." The list just goes on. I love all of them.
On the show, do you write any of the music?
I wrote one song, "I'm Finally Me," which was really special, but I write a lot outside of "Austin & Ally." I'm been writing kind of my album for two years.
When you were a child what did you want to be?
I wanted to be everything. I wanted to be an actress, singer, doctor, lawyer, judge, hairstylist, dentist and then at 35, Governor of California and then President of the United States. So it's like I want to be everything and then at 67, a teacher.
Are you good friends with all the people you work with?
Yeah, I would honestly say I would consider definitely the cast and crew of "Austin & Ally" are part of my family. We're really close and for "Bad Hair Day," Leigh-Allyn [Baker] and I had such an amazing time. I've been over to her house, she has the most adorable children. I've been really lucky. A lot of the people I work with are super sweet.
Do you and Ross Lynch socialize off screen?
Yes, I socialize with all the cast. We have a group chat. Even though I have a flip phone I use my iPad. So we're constantly writing on the group chat about different things.