Laura & Vanessa Marano Open Up On The Importance of 'Saving Zoe' & It's Difficult Subject

Laura & Vanessa Marano Open Up On The Importance of 'Saving Zoe' & It's Difficult Subject

Laura and Vanessa Marano starred in, and produced, their upcoming film adaption of Saving Zoe.

If you don’t know, the movie is based on the book of the same name by Alyson Noel, which centers on Echo, who gets a very different picture of her murdered sister Zoe after reading her diary. Zoe’s secret world, forces Echo to uncover the truth behind her secret life so that she can start to rebuild her own.

“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 shared in a new interview with Equality Now. “We want to inspire a young audience to make a difference and to do something about these issues.”

She also opened up about why they wanted their next project to be focused on teens and young adults.

“We wanted to gear it towards a younger audience, because it seems that it’s them who are paying attention,” Vanessa added. “They want to hear about the hard subjects…this is a generation right now that is screaming for information, that is screaming for change.”

The sisters’ mom Ellen, who co-produced the film with them, continued, “People do not want to talk about things like sex trafficking – they are very fearful about it. Denial is very powerful, so one reason to do this film was for us to stop denying what’s going on. That’s why telling these stories is so important.”

Ashleigh Murray Opens Up About Why She Isn't a Huge Fan of a 'Riverdale' & 'Sabrina' Crossover

Ashleigh Murray Opens Up About Why She Isn't a Huge Fan of a 'Riverdale' & 'Sabrina' Crossover

There’s been a lot of talk about a potential crossover between Riverdale and it’s “spinoff” series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

While some stars of Riverdale would love to see the shows crossover somewhere down the line, Ashleigh Murray is not one of those people.

“I’m going to say no. And I say no because Sabrina is a very different world,” Ashleigh recently shared, during the POPSUGAR Playground Scream Queens panel. “And I don’t know how, if they’re going to play into her magical-ness, and if it’s not just her that has that situation.”

She adds, “Riverdale is so based in this type of reality that I’m not sure that bringing the two together… is something that you could walk away from. If it would be a one-off thing, then [it might be] fine if they’re able to separate the two.”

But, Vanessa Morgan, is a bit more open to it.

“I would love it if it does take place in Greendale,” she shared. “I was obsessed with Sabrina growing up. I love magic, I love all that stuff. I would love it if we went over.”

Joey King Spills On How She Knew She Wanted To Be An Actress

Joey King Spills On How She Knew She Wanted To Be An Actress

Joey King peeks out behind a bubble in a photo from her spread in Rogue Magazine!

The 18-year-old actress opened up about boyfriend Jacob Elordi, growing up in the entertainment industry and her inspirations. Check it:

On when she realized she had IRL chemistry with Jacob: “I think after spending two months in the beautiful land of South Africa with both Joel and Jacob, it just was so clear how important they both were to me. They became my best friends and I would go to them for anything. But yes, Jacob is such a special person and being the Elle to his Noah was unforgettable. There was no ‘moment’ even though people keep asking us that, it was just so refreshingly natural.”

On how she knew she wanted to be an actress: “I’ve always loved playing pretend and I guess that was something I just never lost. Getting to professionally play pretend?! Doesn’t get much better than that. When I was in Kindergarten though, I wanted to be a chef….I know nothing about cooking.”

On how she navigates the cut throat entertainment industry: “I have such a good family around me who always remind me what was most important in life. I’m really thankful for that. Whether you are in your teens, adulthood, or whatever age group, there are always going to be challenges no matter what. Hard work, positivity, and Capri Sun are the 3 ingredients to having a good attitude towards it all.”

On who are her biggest inspirations: “My mom, my sisters, and my grandmother are the most inspiring people in my life. I couldn’t ask for a better support system. I have so many inspirations both male and female in this business. Just to name a few, Catherine Hardwicke, Emma Stone, Roland Emmerich, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer. I could sit here and list names of people I look up to all day.”

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'AGT' Golden Buzzer Singer Amanda Mena Says 'Thank You' To Her Bullies - Here's Why

'AGT' Golden Buzzer Singer Amanda Mena Says 'Thank You' To Her Bullies - Here's Why

Amanda Mena is living on cloud nine right now after getting that Golden Buzzer from Mel B on America’s Got Talent this week.

The 15-year-old powerhouse singer wowed the judges after performing Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.

“I really couldn’t believe it,” Amanda shared after getting that golden buzzer spot. “I kind of blacked [out] for a second. I was like, ‘What is happening? Is this real life?’ I cherish that moment a lot.”

She adds, “It feels awesome. I admire Mel B, and I think just being her Golden Buzzer, it kind of connects me to her more. So it’s kind of awesome.”

Amanda revealed during her audition that when that she moved to the U.S from the Dominican Republic, she didn’t speak English, and that made her the target of bullies.

Now though, she’s sending them a thank you. For what? “”Because they taught me a lot.”

She added, “I can learn a lot from the people that don’t like me so much, and from that I can get stronger.”

See her performance below!

Amanda Mena: The 15-Year-Old Earns Golden Buzzer From Mel B
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Alessia Cara Drops 'Growing Pains' Music Video - Watch Here!

Alessia Cara Drops 'Growing Pains' Music Video - Watch Here!

Alessia Cara has just dropped the music video for her brand new song “Growing Pains“!

The track is the first single from the 21-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer’s forthcoming sophomore album, which is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.

“I wrote it during a time where I felt sort of lost in everything I was doing, lost in my job and in my responsibility,” Alessia told Harper’s Bazaar. “It was really confusing. Not only am I a 21-year-old woman, which is hard enough, but I’m also part of a circumstance and a lifestyle that is very unusual and very different, and that can be kind of scary. I think those two things put together created this emotional distance in my head where I knew I was supposed to be happy because I was fulfilling my dreams, but I just wasn’t quite happy with myself.”

“I wanted to write a song about it, but give it some slight silver lining by calling it ‘Growing Pains,’ because I think all pain is something we can grow out of, or grow through, at some point,” Alessia added. “That was my way of saying this isn’t forever.”

Alessia Cara – ‘Growing Pains’ (Music Video)
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