Switched at Birth star Vanessa Marano admits that she initially had doubts that the producers would be able to find the right actress to play the show's deaf leading lady, Daphne.
"When I read this script, I was literally like they're never going to find this girl," Marano told reporters at ABC Family's winter TV preview Monday. "I'm so thankful that someone like Katie [Leclerc] did get cast — someone who has been doing this for so long."
On the drama Marano and Leclerc play teenagers who discover they were literally switched at birth in the hospital 16 years ago. The series largely focuses on how...
Switched at Birth creator and executive producer Lizzy Weiss calls Bay and Emmett the modern day Romeo and Juliet.
When the ABC Family series left off, switched-at-birth teens Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie LeClerc) were in conflict after Emmett (Sean Berdy) chose to be with Bay over his best friend. But the new relationship has a lot more to overcome than feuding friends. Emmett as well as Daphne are both hearing impaired.
Switched at Birth's Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) have a lot on their plate. After learning they were swapped as newborns and that Daphne's mom, Regina (Constance Marie), has known for quite some time, Bay's MIA biological father (guest star Gilles Marini) returns in Monday's finale.
Exclusive: Gilles Marini joins Switched at Birth as Bay's biological father
Gilles Marini has been cast on Switched at Birth, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. He'll join the ABC Family series as Bay's birth father, Angelo.
Switched at Birth follows Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc), teenagers from different walks of life who have learned they're living with the wrong family. Bay, who comes from a privileged background, is really the daughter of single mother Regina (Constance Marie) while Daphne, who is hearing-impaired, is actually the child of Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and John (D.W. Moffett).
Switched at Birth star Katie Leclerc has learned this from playing a deaf character: The hearing impaired shouldn't be treated any differently than anyone else.
"The great thing about Daphne is she is a normal high school girl who happens to be deaf," Leclerc tells TVGuide.com.
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