Debby Ryan is committed to making a difference. As one of Mary Kay's Cause Champions for their Don't Look Away campaign, she's encouraging people to stand up against abusive relationships. While talking to us about the photo she posted for the campaign (which asks fans to "celebrate the strength in our friendships" by posting pics with two friends and the hashtag #DontLookAway), The Never Ending singer EXCLUSIVELY opened up to us about why she looks up to her older brother, Chase Ryan, and his wife, Sarah Ryan, as the ultimate relationship goals.
"[For my photo,] I chose my sister-in-law Sarah, who's like the most romantic person I know, and just has such an idealistic, beautiful view of love. She's also so smart, and she and my brother obviously fell in love, which is incredible, because my brother is the best dude in the whole world," she told us.
"They have a beautiful and healthy and amazing view of love that I really admire."
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"I chose [Sarah] as well as my friend Jeff, who has really been with me through a lot. We've kind of seen each other through a lot of different relationships, and we've always supported each other that way. So I chose those two people and we stood together, just chilling on the couch with my cat, and we posted our Don't Look Away photo," she told us.
She's been vocal about some of the scary friendships that she's had in the past, so it's nice to hear that the actress has some good role models for healthy relationships. And she says that she's loved seeing others' responses!
"What I've been loving is that fans have been posting them with a couple of their friends, and sometimes they will tell you about their friends, and they tag us in it. It's great to see all the different people that stand against abuse and why, and hear a little bit about it. It's been so fun to see my fans really caring about this, and fighting for this like I do."
Do you think it's sweet that Debby admires her older brother's relationship? What do you think about the campaign? Let us know in the comments!
Reporting credit: Kristine Kowalski