On unexpected skills.
“I learned sign language when I was 17 because I had to have a foreign language to graduate and I was pretty terrible at Spanish. I had a moment of weakness right before I got ‘Switched at Birth’: I gave up on acting and I moved back to San Antonio. I didn’t really have any friends, so I joined a deaf club and had to basically relearn sign language. I would go home and I would sign to myself so that I could get the sign language down before I looked like a fool in front of my new friends, and I realize now that I was making the sounds and learning the accent.”
“The funny thing about Ménière’s disease in particular is I’d say everyone’s symptoms are different and they’re different from day to day,” Katie says. “It can be incredibly frustrating. … They say that the depression rates of people who have full-blown Ménière’s are the same depression rates as people who have terminal cancer. It makes me sad when I hear that statistic, but for me it’s a different experience. For me, a positive attitude has been the biggest tool against Ménière’s disease.”
While the condition might seem like a curse—it once left Katie with a bad spell of vertigo for four hours—she doesn’t see it that way. “Without Ménière’s disease, I wouldn’t be able to play Daphne on Switched,” she says. “It’s a way for me to have a foot in both worlds. I feel comfortable portraying a girl with hearing loss because I have hearing loss; it’s a huge blessing for me.”
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Abed is avoiding [spoilers from his] favorite book series, which just happens to resemble Game of Thrones. So he decides to walk around Greendale wearing air traffic controller headphones so he can’t hear anything. And since my character is deaf, we [hit] it off right away and get along really well. There’s a bit of a budding romance. In the end, it turns out my character might not be exactly what Abed was hoping for.
Actress Katie Leclerc will chat live during the East Coast feed of “Switched at Birth,” airing on Monday, January 13, 8:00PM – 9:00PM ET/5:00PM – 6:00PM PT. Fans should tweet to Katie at @katieleclerc to ask their questions and should include the hashtag #SwitchedAtBirthChat in their tweets. In the third season of ABC Family’s Peabody Award-winning drama series, “Switched at Birth,” 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 bonds with a pre-med student (guest star RJ Mitte, “Breaking Bad”) with a spinal injury. Bay is inspired by her art teacher (guest star Sandra Bernhard, “Roseanne”) and surprised by her jock classmate (guest star Max Adler, “Glee”), when she takes an art class at a local college. Toby tries to unite a divided Carlton by coaching girls’ field hockey, and Kathryn dips her toes into new territory when she makes friends with a gregarious tap dancer (guest star Alec Mapa, “Ugly Betty”).
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Where We Left Off: Nikki and Toby, despite their family’s plea to call of the wedding, got hitched at City Hall. Bay, meanwhile, was lead to believe that Ty cheated on her so that she would get over him while he’s deployed and Angelo gave his baby back to the parents who originally adopted her.
What’s Next: Will Bay and Emmett finally get back together? Seems like it based on their kiss in the promo. After Daphne gets in major trouble for last season’s blackmail (and perhaps spends some time in juvie), she goes to work at a free clinic where she meets a paralyzed pre-med student played by Breaking Bad’s R.J. Mitte.
“The highlight of 2013 has to be getting engaged. I’m so lucky in love,” Leclerc, 27, says of fiancé Brian Habecost. “That and buying a house. Look at me getting all domesticated. I am growing up!”
On the small screen, she’s still a kid, playing deaf teenager Daphne Vasquez.
“It’s the most challenging and rewarding role I’ve ever had,” says the actress, who isn’t deaf but has intermittent hearing loss brought on by Ménière’sdisease, an inner ear disorder. “We have great support” from the deaf community, she says of Switched. “It resonates with them.”
A few more fun facts about Leclerc:
She’d still consider her mom “mom” if she were switched at birth. That said, “if Steven Spielberg was my dad for a day, I don’t think it would be so bad, especially if he could talk to some of his Hollywood friends.”
She was born in San Antonio. “My favorite thing to do in San Antonio is eat Chinese food. My parents have always owned restaurants, they have a Chinese restaurant (there) now called Fire Wok.”
She’d like a career like Kristen Bell’s. “She started off in television and made her way into movies and is kind of everywhere now.”
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.