By Natalie Daniels
You know the Olsen Twins and the Sprouse twins. Now get ready for the D’Ambrosio twins to make their mark on Hollywood. I got the chance to speak with the duo about their new projects, their anti-bullying campaign and how they’ve been fueling their creativity during COVID-19.
Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio are no strangers to the camera. Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, they have jumped head first into the entertainment industry. At only 15-years-old, they are working to leave their mark on Hollywood. Often compared to the ’90s popular duo Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Bianca and Chiara are known for playing twins on the big screen and in real life! When they are together on screen, their chemistry shines through illustrating not only their brilliant acting ability, but the strength of their sisterly bond.
Bianca and Chiara will showcase the classic twin bond when they star in a new spin off series of the Emmy nominated Amazon Prime series “The Bay” called “YA.” The series will focus on the twins’ characters, Frankie and Regan Sanders, as they relocate to “sunny” California and face their new social environment at Bay City High.
While the series is from the perspective of teenagers rather than adults, the show will still have a similar feel to “The Bay.” “There’s going to be some new love interests,” Chiara explained. “There’s gonna be some tension between some characters. I’m so excited for everyone to see it.”
Besides “YA,” they’ve acted in numerous series and films including but not limited to “The Young & The Restless”, Nickelodeon's “Game Shakers” and “Nikki, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn” as well as the “The Bay.” They also have a new horror movie coming out called “Slapface,” with “Girl Meets World” star August Maturo.
Bianca and Chiara always dreamt of being on the silver screen. When I asked them who or what inspired them to go into the entertainment industry, they had one person in mind. “HANNAH MONTANA!” they both screamed in unison. Following in the footsteps of their iconic inspiration, they strive to act, dance and sing just like the teen idol. And the twins seem to be following in the superstar’s footsteps. At the age of 3, they shared the role of Summer Newman in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Chiara believes working in TV so young really helped both of them shape their careers.
When it comes to their favorite part about acting, they love the hard work they get to put into a project and being around like-minded people who have just as much excitement about it. “When everybody has this passion for a project, everything just feels different. It just feels lighter. We all want one goal—to make it the best it can be,” Bianca said.
Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, some of their projects have been at a standstill while some have begun filming again (with safety precautions of course). During their free time, they’ve been reading a lot. Bianca told me she’s reading five books at a time! They both have also been taking an online writing course through UCLA.
Along with their acting, they have a popular Youtube channel where they show behind-the-scenes looks into their life while also posting fun trendy challenge videos. Titles range from vlogs at BeautyCon to a Tik Tok Dyeing challenge. While keeping their channel fun, Bianca alluded that the life of an actor is never the same everyday. She explained, “Sometimes we’re working or we’re not. The actor’s life is never one thing, it’s always a rollercoaster.”
Besides their Youtube channel, they have large followings on Instagram and Tik Tok. While they receive a lot of support on their social media, they also deal with trolls and mean comments. Chiara doesn’t let the comments faze her anymore. “As long as I’m happy with myself, it shouldn’t matter what people say because they don’t know me,” Chiara said. Both Bianca and Chiara spread this positive mentality through their social media platforms as well their involvement in an anti-bullying organization.
They are ambassadors for Boo2Bullying, an organization dedicated to removing bullying from schools. Both Bianca and Chiara dealt with bullying when they were younger and understand how it horribly affects people. Bianca and Chiara hope to help others with their music and positivity. “I just wanted to show through our music that it’s okay,” Bianca said. “You can always talk to an adult, loved one, a friend.”
Having supportive parents also helps Bianca and Chiara continue pursuing their dreams regardless of the noise from “haters.” Their parents inspire them to keep going. “They’ve helped us since we were 3-years-old and gave us the opportunity to go to acting classes and drive us everywhere. There are so many other things they do for us,” Bianca said.
Bianca and Chiara’s passions aren’t limited to acting. They’re singers too! While they haven’t released new music since 2017, they returned to the studio last summer to revamp one of their old songs. Make sure to look out for that when it drops!
As they continue on with their career, they have some advice for those interested in getting into the entertainment industry at a young age. They stressed the importance of continuing to work on your craft. Bianca said this could be done through things like “watching a Youtube video of famous actresses and their audition tapes or virtual acting classes especially now with what’s going on in the world.”
“If you continue working on your craft,” Bianca and Chiara explained, “once everything’s back open, you’ll be better in the long run.”
With D'Ambrosio twin’s real talent, hard work and optimism, the young starlets have a bright future ahead of them.
Check them out on these different platforms!
Instagram & Tik Tok: @dambrosiotwins
Youtube: The D’Ambrosio Twins
Natalie Daniels is an editorial intern for Dreamlette. She is a journalism major at Emerson College with a love of storytelling. Her favorite topics include entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, social issues, and music.