'It's about boys thinking you're cute': Disney starlets reveal why they'd rather go to prom than walk the red carpet
17:47 GMT, 13 April 2012
Disney Channel stars Debby Ryan and Laura Marano have done their fair share of red carpets, but, they say, it is nothing compared to getting dressed up for the prom.
The teenagers say there is something special, and different, about picking a dress for a school dance, and 16-year-old star of Austin & Ally, Miss Marano, put the appeal down to boys.
She revealed: 'At the prom, you are more about boys thinking you're cute. On the red carpet, you have to please everyone because there are a lot more people looking at those pictures.'
Prom queens: Laura Marano (left) and Debby Ryan (right) say the would rather get dressed up for their prom than the red carpert
She continued: 'On the red carpet, I'm more worried about looking like I'm not going to the prom. I might be potentially more casual.
'For a school dance, I can go for it, and for the prom, I will pretend I'm a princess,' she added.
Miss Ryan, the 18-year-old star of Jesse, explained that a red carpet is more businesslike, with a chorus of people giving advice and approvals on an
outfit, while a prom is more personal.
Miss Ryan and Miss Marano came armed with several prom-worthy dresses to The Associated Press' headquarters in Manhattan to talk about their style and how they are growing into the roles of fashionistas alongside their acting gigs.
Red carpet vs prom: The girls explained that a red carpet is more businesslike, while a prom is more personal
Even for the early-morning interview they came dressed to the nines with Miss Ryan in a floral blouse with contrasting floral skirt, black tights and super-high heels and Miss Marano wearing a coordinated patchwork of different textures and colors paired with peep-toe booties.
At a prom, however, they might be twins since, when it was time to peruse the dance dresses, they both went for the blousoned white one with a beaded metallic skirt.
Miss Marano also loved the cobalt color of a one-shoulder, full-length column gown, while Miss Ryan saw glamour potential in a platinum dress covered in pleats.
Upon further consideration, Miss
Ryan picked up a short pink strapless dress with a fitted bodice. She
likes the color but wonders if the tiered skirt is 'a little too tutu'
think I'd have to add a little black tulle to the bottom to make it a
little more rock `n' roll,' said Miss Ryan, 18, who stars on the series
Choosing the dress: In typical teenage fashion, Miss Marano says she will be consulting her friends before finalising her look
Pretty in pink: Miss Ryan picked up a short strapless dress with a fitted bodice, because she likes the color, but wonders if the tiered skirt is 'a little too tutu'
She attended her own hometown prom in Keller, Texas, so, she says, she's a veteran of golf ball-sized sequins, a rainbow of colors and the whole boots-with-ballgown look.
'It's all about creating a moment to remember,' Ryan explained, adding that the prom for many girls is a turning point between childhood and being an adult – it's a chance to make a statement both about who you have been and who you want to be.
In typical teenage fashion, Miss Marano says she will be consulting her friends before finalising her look.
'I will ask, “What are you wearing” (and) “How are you wearing it” and “What exactly are you wearing to the dance”'
Miss Marano so far has only attended school dances, including one with an undersea-adventure theme that posed some style dilemmas, but she plans to attend the prom at her Los Angeles-area high school when the time comes.
What she won't be wearing Neon, white and definitely no hemline much above her knees.
'I don't want a dress that's too short. I will end up sitting awkwardly all night long thinking, “This dress was too short.”'