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Vanessa Marano Bio

Vanessa Marano stars in the new TV series Switched at Birth, a show about two teen girls who discover they were switched at birth. The 19-year-old actress seems like a newcomer, but actually has more than a few stage and TV credits under her belt. Find out more in her Kidzworld bio!

Commercial Cutie

Vanessa Marano was born in Los Angeles, California and started her career when she was just a toddler, auditioning for commercials. By the age of seven she had scored a regular spot on stage with the Stage Door Theater. It wasn’t long until television came knocking, and Vanessa was cast on the show Without a Trace where she and her younger sister Laura played sisters on the show!

Gilmore Girls to Soap Star

Vanessa’s television acting career was on a roll - she landed lots of small roles on popular TV shows like Malcolm in the Middle and Six Feet Under, and even got a pivotal role in a movie based on a true-life story called The Brooke Ellison Story, about a disabled girl overcoming obstacles.

Eventually Vanessa found a home on the lovable mother-daughter drama Gilmore Girls, playing April Nardini, the precocious secret daughter of Lorelai Gilmore’s love interest, Luke. After appearing on the show for two years, she jumped into roles on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Television Teen

After The Young and the Restless Vanessa took small roles on different shows again, like guest starring on the medical drama Private Practice and the supernatural crime drama Medium, when at last she got her wish of starring in her very own show as a lead! She landed the role of Bay Kennish in Switched at Birth on the ABC Family channel. The story revolves around two girls switched in hospital when they’re born, and the teen girls realize they have been living lives that are vastly different from the ones they were destined for! Vanessa spilled about her character to We Love Soaps:

Bay is a difficult character to play. She’s a very spirited teenager, and she’s very stubborn and harsh, and I think the biggest challenge for me was playing her as a protagonist versus an antagonist because you have Daphne who’s so full of life and is happy and light and smart and just really wholesome and good and easy to deal with, and Bay’s very much the polar opposite of that but isn’t a bad person. And I think that was the most difficult thing going into playing Bay for me. 

Did You Know...

  • Vanessa’s birthday is on Halloween!
  • She can speak fluent Italian

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of my new series "Alpha Reviews". Whenever I see a new movie, I'll write a review of it here. Don't worry, the first part of the review will be spoiler free, and I'll make sure to give a warning when I talk more about the specifics of the movie.  Today I'll be looking at Roland Emmerich's sequel to (arguably) his greatest work, Independence Day. His original alien disaster film came out in 1996, and while it wasn't a major hit with the critics, it trounced the box office by raking in more money than any other film of that year. Over the past two decades, love for the movie has only grown, and it's now seen as the ultimate popcorn movie.  So how did the sequel hold up? Well...it's not easy to tell. On the one hand, there are some things that this movie did really well. On the other, this movie had moments that I absolutely hated. This is such a hard movie to crituique. Not because there's nothing to critique, but because there's so much right and wrong in the movie that making a final call on it is hard to do.  For one, the story is serviceable. I can buy pretty much everything that they're saying. While there are a few obvious plot holes, impeccable writing isn't what you expect from ID.  The characters vary from the fun and interesting to the idiotic and annoying. Jeff Goldblum does a great job here, and so does Bill Pullman and William Fitchener. As for the new characters? Not so much. The (arguably) two main characters are played by discount Chris Hemsworth (Liam Hemsworth), and discount Micheal B. Jordan (Jessie Usher). Neither give a stunning performance. And my goodness, there is one character in this movie who is so stereotypical and unrealistic, that it literally made me facepalm when I saw it. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've seen the movie. But, the movie is set up so that everyone gets a healthy slice of screen time, so it's okay.  The action is phenomenal, but kind of unoriginal. The first real action scene we have is the destruction of London. Know what it looks exactly like? The destruction of Paris in 2012. Know who directed 2012? Roland Emmerich. Now, I'm one of the few who enjoyed that movie, so I'm fine with it. And most of the other scenes do have a more original feel to them. But, this guy doesn't stop at copying his own movies. There's an action scene where they're on the moon, it looks exactly like Prometheus. I guess I can forgive some of this, but come on, really?  The nostalgia was WAY off the charts. I count this as a category for review because it's what old movie sequels do now. Some do it at the right amount, some don't do it enough, and some...like this film...do it all the time. Almost everything is recycled from the past movie, and there so many callbacks that it's hard to remember them all. But I will give it credit, some of them had me laughing. But, some of them made we want to scream "You're not even trying!" in the theater.  All in all? I'd say that you need to see this movie if you had any enjoyment out of the first one. But, just know that this has a lot more nonsense to put up with, even though it does give much of the entertainment value of the first one in return. I can't guarantee that you won't be disappointed, but if you go into it expecting a mix of good and bad, you'll be glad to see the good parts of a true classic film on the big screen once again.  That's it here. What were your thoughts on the movie? Who do you think gave the best performance? What did you want to see more of? Post what you think about Independence Day: Resurgence below. 
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"fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: I have forests but no trees I have houses but no brick I have rivers but no water I have plains but no grass What am I? a hairy guy XD Nope xD a dry but crack XD Nope xDif its not my mom then i give up xDIt's a MAP. A MAP. 
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