Hey TWIST girls,
Switched at Birth is the breakout hit of ABC Family's summer line-up, so we couldn't have been more excited to talk to the show's star, Katie Leclerc, all about her oh-so-inspirational character, Daphne! Katie was so much fun - and so eager to share all of her behind-the-scenes secrets with TWIST readers. You'll never believe all of the things that Katie and Daphne have in common in real life! Read on for the interview!
TWIST: Tell us a little bit about Switched at Birth and your character Daphne! Katie: Switched at Birth is about two girls who, when they were 9 hours old, ended up going home with the wrong families. One of the families is very rich and the other is a working class, single parent with a deaf toddler. Bay and Daphne are total opposites. Bay really never had to struggle very much and Daphne definitely did and had to fight to be heard.
TWIST: Can you relate to your character at all? Katie: Daphne was sort of an outcast as a kid and I had a brief moment in time where I definitely felt like I struggled with being accepted. I also played basketball all through high school and Daphne plays basketball! And I have a hearing loss -- something called Meniere's disease. It gets worse as I get older but it's so hard to complain! Without it, I wouldn't have the job that I have!
TWIST: Wow! That's such a great story! Were you fluent in sign language before you started the show, then? Katie: Well, I didn't find out I had Meniere's disease until I was 20 and I had already started learning sign language at 17! I just think that having a show where a deaf character - not only one, but three or four - comes into your living room each week is really something special. And the response has been really, really great!
TWIST: If you could meet anyone in Hollywood who would it be? Katie: I don't know how anyone is not in love with Joseph Gordon Levitt! He's so handsome and so sweet and nice.
TWIST: Have you met him yet? Katie: Not yet! I'm working on it!
TWIST: We want to you to tell us exactly why TWIST girls will love Switched at Birth! (Though they probably already do!) Katie: There's lots of drama, and boys, and relationships, and struggles with grades and teachers, and trying to get the love and affection of parents. But really it's about nature versus nurture. Who hasn't once thought, "What would my life be like if I was raised in a different family?" This show answers that question!
TWIST: Thanks for chatting with us, Katie! Katie: Thanks TWIST!
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