INTERVIEW: Laura Marano Explains How Acting Deferred Her Musical Ambitions

Disney Channel princess Laura Marano is following the footsteps of the many House of Mouse stars before her by entering the musicsphere with her addictive debut single “Boombox,” a summer-ready love jam tinged with foot-tapping production.

For Marano, 20, a career in music had always been her goal, but her strong ties in the television industry made it a lot easier for her to take the acting route.

“I’ve always wanted to be a singer. Music was always super important to me,” she told On Air with Ryan Seacrest during her in studio appearance Tuesday. “I never had the connections like I did in acting. Acting came first, I’ve been acting since 5, but I’ve always wanted to [sing] and now I’m where I can actually make music my No. 1 priority.”
Prior to inking a deal with Big Machine Records — the Scott Borchetta-captained label that is home to Taylor Swift — in 2016, Marano starred in several Rated-R films including Super Bad and The Jacket, and even appeared as a regular cast member on Fox’s game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.

“[My friends] total didn’t believe that I was an actress,” said Laura, who is now attending the University of Southern California for a degree in media political philosophy and law. “When I did Fifth Grader, the one thing that I wasn’t acting in, everyone was freaking out in fifth grade. I was a popular fifth grader.”

However, Marano didn’t launch from obscurity until she scored the role of Ally Dawson on Disney’s Austin & Ally, which also starred R5‘s Ross Lynch and Raini Rodriguez. Now, after the show’s four season run on the network, Marano is Laser-focused on writing tracks for her as-yet-untitled debut studio album.

Until the project arrives in full, fans can purchase her debut single “Boombox” on iTunes here.

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