In a second interview, Vanessa shared that they actually filmed the movie before the “Me Too” movement. “The story of what happens to my character and the dark world she winds up unwittingly involved in is more relevant today than it was 12 years ago,” the 27-year-old said.
Laura noted, “[The story] still has a Judy Blume aspect of coming from a teenage girl’s point of view. She’s starting high school, but you have her sister’s murder. It dove into a world that you might not associate with teenagers.”
The 24-year-old, who’s best known for playing Ally on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, admitted that it was difficult to get the project made due to its bleak subject matter. “Studios and production companies told us, ‘Teenagers don’t want this. They want lighter and happier stuff,'” she recalled.
Once they finally got the green light, the siblings focused on tackling the issue of online sexual exploitation as delicately and realistically as possible. “We showed our movie to survivors… and we were petrified,” Laura confessed. “We were so beyond excited that they not only related to it but got emotional with it.”
Saving Zoe is available to stream on Netflix now.