It has been over a year since Laura Marano sadly said goodbye to her Austin & Ally days, and she has been up to quite a lot since the Disney Channel fan-favorite show wrapped for good. Although the cast had dabbled with the idea of a movie in the past, the Austin & Ally days are behind them now. Even though we're always going to be hoping for a reboot of some kind in the future, the stars have really thrived individually since the curtains closed on their series. Laura, in particular, has been doing all sorts of things. It's super hard to keep track of the busy bee, so we're rounding up everything she's been up to.
She has starred in movies.
Laura Marano hasn't lost the acting bug since Austin & Ally wrapped. She has starred in four different films since then – Lady Bird, I'll Be Next Door for Christmas, Saving Zoë along with her sister Vanessa Marano that she produced along with V and their mom and The War With Grandpa – in which she stars alongside Robert De Niro (you know, casual).
She became a Radio Disney host.
From Louis Tomlinson to her Austin & Ally cast members, Laura interviewed such amazing guests on her radio show "For The Record."
She released some music.
From "La La Land" to "Boombox," Laura has released some jams. We're still waiting on that album though!
She is preparing to release her debut album.
"I've been working so hard for it and all I’ve ever wanted to do is make amazing music to share with my fans. I know they’ve wanted that too, so I’m glad we’re on the same page with that," Laura spilled. "I think they’re going to kind of love this direction that I’ve been in because it feels really right for me. I’m kind of like at the place where I love it and everything honestly feels super right. I am beyond grateful and excited to release it this year."
She switched record labels and her overall sound.
Just recently, Laura switched from Big Machine Records to Warner Brothers. Although we're not sure quite why she made the move, she is super excited about what's to come.
"I signed with Warner Brothers a few months ago and I’m so ridiculously happy and grateful,” she shared. “I have been singing for as long as I can remember, flashback to when I was a little girl and annoying people with my incredibly long songs. It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do," the actress dished in an interview.
Laura's music will be much different this time around than anything she's ever released in the past.
"I've been working on music since I came back [from filming] which has been awesome. And also to be quite honest, kind of the most personal I've ever gotten with my songwriting which has been pretty cool and scary. I think a lot of things happened in my personal life that I feel I was like, I really want to talk about this and write about. I've been writing and working since I've been 16 and only literally six months ago have I gotten really, really personal in my writing," Laura said to Zach Sang.
She reunited with her Austin & Ally fam (on multiple occasions, of course).
Even though the show may be over, the cast will always be tight. Earlier this year, Laura joined Calum Worthy and Ross Lynch at a screening of a global warming and climate change documentary called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
"We're prettttty cute, but we'd be much cuter with @rainydaychatter (Texas is so lucky it gets to have her right now) ❤️ on another note, thank you @calumworthy for letting me come to the @aninconvenienttruth screening....it was so incredibly educational and moving #beinconvenient #climatechangeisreal," Laura captioned the photo she posted from the Austin & Ally reunion.
Although Raini Rodriguez wasn't in attendance at this particular event, she and Laura have hung out since their series wrapped as well – like at the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, for example. So presh!
She released her own custom fragrance line.
Yep, that's right! She launched her own perfume! Her three scents are called "Love You," "Hug You," and "Kiss You."
She chopped her hair off.
The decision wasn't easy for her, but her short 'do suits her quite perfectly, if you ask us. Sometimes you just need to switch it up, right?
.@r5ftmaranox I was literally soooo nervous.....it was lowkey emotional....but I looooove it now— Laura Marano (@lauramarano) March 15, 2017
She helped launch a Disney-themed clothing line.
Laura collaborated with the clothing line Love Tribe for their Disney Princess Collection, and every piece is seriously every Disney-lover's dream.
"The clothes are fun, bold, and have an empowering message. I like to say that Love Tribe is the brand of clothing Disney princesses would wear if the stories took place today," she spilled in an interview.
Honestly, what hasn't Laura been up to?!
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This post was originally published on Oct. 4, 2017 and has since been updated.