Laura and Vanessa Marano Talk New Movie ‘Saving Zoe’


Sister’s Laura and Vanessa Marano want their movie to spark a conversation and create change.

The women of the Marano family have a long history of acting, starting with Ellen Marano in her Dynasty days.

More recently, her daughters are recognizable from their lead roles in Disney Channel and Freeform shows.

Vanessa, the older of the two, starred as Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth, while Laura played Ally Dawson on Austin & Ally.

In their latest project, the sisters and their mother team up to co-produce the film adaptation of Alyson Noel’s YA novel Saving Zoe, with Laura and Vanessa acting in the leading roles.

The premise of the film follows the relationship between two sisters, and the secrets that led to one of their deaths.

The issue of sex trafficking is central to the story, which is a serious topic not often addressed in entertainment for young audiences.

“It was really important for us to paint a picture about how sex trafficking can happen to anyone, because it’s not something that’s talked about,” Vanessa said in an interview with Equality Now. “We want to inspire a young audience to make a difference and to do something about these issues…This is a generation right now that is screaming for information, that is screaming for change.”

As Vanessa pointed out, sex trafficking can happen to anyone, so if you or anyone you know may be a victim of sex trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1 (888) 373-7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.

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