Switched at Birth’s Vanessa Marano Interview

January 3, 2012

Switched at Birth is back baby! Things are going to get even more complicated for Bay and Daphne and their families, I have it on good authority that fans haven’t seen anything yet.

Vanessa Marano

The other day I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in a Q&A interview session with Vanessa Marano, who plays Bay, tough on the outside but girl with a big heart. I personally have been a fan of Vanessa’s since she played April on one of my all time favorite shows Gilmore Girls.

Vanessa was a delight to talk to. Not only was she open but you could tell she was genuinely glad to be there and answer questions. She talked about what is in store for her alter ego in this second half of season one. Bay’s street art almost costs her something really important to her, so she will struggle with whether or not to give up her street art. As you know street art is a big part of who Bay is, so if she gives it up she will be losing a huge part of her identity, interesting huh? Then there is the return of Angelo, Bay’s biological father. That is a relationship that the 16-year old really wants to work. In fact she wants it to work so badly it will cause her to be blinded by Angelo and any negative things about it. One thing is for sure it will cause a lot of turmoil with the Kennish and Vasquez clans.

The actress revealed that her favorite thing about playing Bay is that people don’t always love her because she is kind of difficult, says what is on her mind without thinking, has a sense of humor not everyone gets and she is a little socially awkward. However what she genuinely wants is to be loved and accepted and that is why Marano loves playing her. Vanessa also spilled how her life has changed since the show premiered last summer and you might be surprised to learn that it really hasn’t. What has changed is that Marano now feels like she is a part of something that people really love and care about, especially because the show hits home to those in the deaf community and hearing community.

When I got the chance to speak one on one with Vanessa I felt like I was chatting with a friend. We talked about the show, her acting career as well as her admiration for her costar Katie Leclrec who plays Daphne.

Rachelle: Do you have a favorite episode so far, from either the shows we’ve seen or upcoming shows from season one?
Vanessa Marano: Oh, that’s a good question. Let’s see. From season one (a), I’ve always been partial to episode seven because that was kind of the first episode that Daphne and Bay were working together. Katie and I actually had more than three scenes with each other. That was fun. I’ve always really liked that episode. It’s always been one of our funnier episodes, too. From this upcoming season, I don’t know if I can fairly judge because we’re in the middle of shooting right now. According to our writer, who will not tell us anything, there are so many more awesome things to come. And I’m going to brag about Katie for a second. Because in the first episode coming back this season, she has quite possibly one of the most beautiful, amazing, emotional scenes by this gorgeous lake in Santa Clarita or in St. Louis because that’s where it takes place in the show. The entire crew was just in awe of her and she did an awesome job, so I’m taking on the challenge of bragging about her and there it is.

Rachelle: How did you get involved in acting?
Vanessa Marano: The story is a little bit long but I’ll try to give the abridged version. My mother was an actress, an acting coach, a drama teacher and she ended up opening her own children’s theater and I was always around her directing plays. When I was six years old, I started lightly begging to start acting and she said absolutely not. Finally, when I was about eight, I wore her down. So she looked up different agents and there was this particular children’s agency with two children’s agents who were rumored to turn children down for no good reason. My mom was like I’m taking her there so that they can turn her down and I can say, hey, you know what? I was semi-supportive and when you’re 18 and can drive yourself, then you can give it a go. So I go in and I read and the two agents called my mom in and said we’re going to take your daughter, my mom almost had a heart attack in the lobby. I have been acting for 11 years ever since.I think a lot of people don’t realize that with kids who start acting underage, how much of a commitment it is for your parents. It’s like they’re driving you. They’re on the set with you. I have really terrific family and that’s just so helpful.

Rachelle: When you first read the script for Switched at Birth what was it about Bay that made you want to play her?
Vanessa Marano: For me, the moment I truly fell in love with the script for Switched at Birth was when we did the table read for the show and the words on the page that Lizzy wrote were brought to life, because she truly wrote for them to be said. When I first read the script it was different, I’ve been doing this for a long time but whenever you’re doing a pilot you’re very skeptical. The table read flowed and it was beautiful. Seeing the actors sign and seeing the actors act and bring these beautiful words that were so different and were about something so unique to life was the moment that I was like, wow, this is actually going to work. And it did and people I think really responded to these words that were meant to be said and signed and to see it together is such a unique, fascinating different combination that you can’t see anywhere else.

I told you she was awesome but that isn’t all she shared. Nope she let us in on her favorite fan experience. It occurred at a signing she was doing with Katie at Planet Hollywood in NYC. The reason it is her fave is because it was so amazing to see the hearing and deaf fans coming together to see the two stars of this show that affects each of them in different ways. There was something about those two worlds coming together that really resonated with the young actress.

As you can imagine Switched at Birth is keeping Marano very busy. It has her full attention for now and she couldn’t be happier. Make sure you tune in tonight to catch the winter premiere of the ABC Family hit show at 8PM EST.

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Photos: www.wenn.comPNP/Nikki Nelson

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