Switched at Birth actress Katie Leclerc is headed to the altar.
Leclerc, who stars as hearing-impaired Daphne Vasquez on the ABC Family series, is engaged to marry her boyfriend, real-estate agent Brian Stuart Habecost.
“We are thrilled to start our life together,” Leclerc, who turns 27 on Wednesday, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We can’t wait to combine families and start the adventure together.”
Habecost, 29, recently popped the question by decorating their entire Los Angeles home with flowers, balloons and a banner that said, “Katie will you marry me?”
When she walked into the house, she saw the sign and immediately started to cry. Soon he got down on bended knee and proposed.
The couple plan to marry next fall.
The third season of ABC Family’s Peabody Award-winning drama series, “Switched At Birth,” begins Monday, January 13, 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/PT. Senior year means big changes for Bay and Daphne, as the Carlton School for the Deaf receives an influx of hearing students who are not happy to be there. Daphne begins working at a free clinic as part of her probation from the Senator Coto blackmail scandal, and Bay takes an art class at a local college. Toby tries to unite a divided Carlton by coaching girls’ field hockey, and the parents face the specter of the impending empty nest in unexpected ways. RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Max Adler (“Glee”), Sandra Bernhard (“Roseanne”), and Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”) will guest star in the premiere episode and recur throughout the season. ABC Family will air a special “Switched At Birth” marathon on Monday, January 13, from 12:00PM – 8:00PM ET/PT, leading up to the premiere.
ABC Family has ordered a third season of Switched at Birth and has given back-order pickups to freshmen The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Twisted. Charles Pratt Jr. has come in as new showrunner on Twisted, which also is expected to change its writing staff. The orders are said to be in line with ABC’s traditional full-season pickups (20 episodes) and back orders (10 episodes). All three shows will return with new episodes in January 2014. “ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we’re thrilled to have The Fosters and Twisted join our line-up as breakout summer hits,” said ABC Family president Michael Riley. The drama renewals join ABC Family’s comedy pickups of a fourth season of Melissa and Joey and third season of Baby Daddy. They also come on the heels of ABC Family officially cancelling Bunheads and The Lying Game over the past few weeks.
Playing the sweet, nice character can be a thankless task. So while Katie Leclerc has been consistently good as the ABC Family drama’s Daphne, it took this past Monday’s “What If” episode — in which she played a completely different version of her character — to make us really appreciate just how much the actress puts into her good girl act.
Without Regina in her life, raised from the age of 3 by the Kennishes, Daphne became a vapid mean girl interested in all things expensive, cute and popular — especially clothes and boys. Leclerc brought the personality makeover to life with such sharpness and spunk that it made us sit up and take notice. (Her resemblance to Mean Girls‘ Rachel McAdams didn’t hurt, either.) Whether Daphne was skirting her parents’ rules by exploiting their weak spots with easy, manipulative charm or flippantly insulting her “sister” Bay (Vanessa Marano) (all using her real voice — makes the work that goes into maintaining Daphne’s accent each week all the more remarkable, doesn’t it?), Leclerc was a study in the art of bitchiness.
Then things took a turn when Bay to suggested to Daphne that she could use a visit to a shrink. “You could figure out why you’re so empty,” she said.
The television series “Chicago Fire,” “Dallas” and “Scandal” and the feature films “Bless Me, Ultima” and “Tio Papi” are among the nominees for the 28th annual Imagen Awards, which honor portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in TV and film.
Among the actors nominated by the Imagen Foundation are Benjamin Bratt, Sonia Braga, Nestor Carbonell, Oscar Nunez, Jordana Brewster, Gina Torres for their work in television, and Eva Mendes, E.J. Bonilla and David Castro for feature film.
Winners will be selected by a panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders, and the awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner on Friday, August 16 at the Beverly Hilton.
Best Primetime Television Program:
Castle (ABC Studios)
Chicago Fire (Wolf Films Production in Association with NBC Universal Television)
Dallas (Warner Horizon Television)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC Studios)
Private Practice (ABC Studios)
Switched at Birth (Prodco, Inc. in association with ABC Family)
Katie is coming home to San Antonio for Alamo City Comic Con.
Katie will be here signing autographs and also will be on her own panel for ACCC.
Switched at Birth is a hit tvshow on abcfamily
Katie Lynn Leclerc is an American actress. She has appeared on several television series, including Veronica Mars, Fashion House and The Big Bang Theory. In 2011, she received a lead role on the show Switched at Birth, starring as Daphne Vasquez.
Awesome News! witched at Birth is up for Best Show – and Vanessa Marano is nominated too!
For the hardy few to whom “Beverly Lewis’ The Confession” really is the much-anticipated sequel to “The Shunning,” its arrival is no doubt good news. To the rest of the world, this Hallmark Channel movie derived from the second of Lewis’ “The Heritage of Lancaster County” books is distinguished by possessing slightly more edge than the network’s standard fare, and a solid tandem in Katie Leclerc (“Switched at Birth”) and Sherry Stringfield (was “ER” really that long ago?) as its leads. It’s also enough of a stand-alone story one needn’t have thrilled to part one to join the buggy ride.
Leclerc plays Katie, who was “shunned” by the Amish community that raised her in the first film. Now out in the modern world, she seeks to reconnect with her birth mother, Laura (Stringfield), a wealthy socialite who early on is presented with a fatal cancer diagnosis. This comes as bad news to Laura’s leech of a husband, Dylan (Adrian Paul), who needs his wife’s money to finance his gambling habit. Fearing he will lose his inheritance when he hears from Katie, he seizes on a scheme to pass off a struggling actress (“Once and Again’s” Julia Whelan) as Katie, hoping to secure access to his wife’s estate before she dies.
The new trailer for My Synthesized Life, the web series Katie is a part of, is out! Be sure to like their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MySynthesizedLife
When Hallmark Channel premiered Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning in 2011, it generated huge acclaim and sparkling ratings for its story of family ties and betrayal in the close-knit Amish community in Lancaster County. Now the World Premiere of Beverly Lewis’ The Confession, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie based on the second novel in the Heritage of Lancaster County Books series from the New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis, will premiere on Saturday, May 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The film stars three-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe® nominee Sherry Stringfield (GUIDING LIGHT, ER) as Laura Mayfield-Bennett, a wealthy socialite and benefactor who is beset by terminal cancer. One of Laura’s great regrets was her having put her only child up for adoption years before.
But Laura believes her prayers have been answered when she’s contacted by a woman named Alyson (Julia Whelan, ONCE AND AGAIN) who claims to be her long-lost Amish daughter. Except that it’s a fraud perpetrated by Laura’s scheming, compulsive gambling, husband Dylan (Adrian Paul, HIGHLANDER). Dylan concocts a plan to insert himself back into the financial picture after discovering he’s going to be left nothing in Laura’s will. So he hires Alyson, a struggling waitress, to pretend that she’s the Amish daughter Laura never knew, hoping to receive the majority of Laura’s estate.
But as luck would have it, Laura’s real daughter, Katie (Katie Leclerc, SWITCHED AT BIRTH) shows up after having been shunned by her Amish community and desperately wants to meet and have a relationship with her real mom.
As the secrets pile up in Beverly Lewis’ The Confession, the family bonds are challenged. But the film teaches us that love ultimately wins out in the end.