“Raj (played by Kunal Nayyar) gets a ton of assistance in talking to Emily, because he doesn’t speak sign language,” guest star Katie Leclerc, who like her Switched at Birth and Big Bang characters is in real life hearing-impaired, tells TVLine. Helping bridge the couple’s communication gap is Wolowitz, who “knows sign language in addition to five other languages,” Leclerc explains with a laugh.
That Wolowitz’s portrayer, Simon Helberg, and other Big Bangers were so quick to pick up on ASL thoroughly impressed the visiting actress, as did their ability to adapt on-the-fly to other circumstances.
“I’m more used to the one-hour drama set up, where we don’t get changes as much as sitcoms do, but Jim Parsons (Sheldon) had to forget his entire script and relearn a new one like two days before we shot,” she notes with more than a bit of awe. “That, and Simon with his sign language skills…. They are all so professional, and so talented.”
Katie’s guest spot on Big Bang Theory airs tonight!
Thanks Diana for the heads up!
From the studio that brought you “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” comes a groundbreaking new drama about the upheaval that two teen girls experience when they discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish, a talented graffiti artist with an edgy streak, grew up in a wealthy family with happily married parents and an older brother. Daphne Vasquez, an athletic teenager who lost her hearing at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. When the girls’ worlds collide, family bonds are tested, new romances are sparked, and they start to learn that it’s who they are inside that matters, not where they grew up.
Relive the girls’ journey and catch up before the mid-season premiere with “Switched At Birth: Volume 1.” Including all 10 episodes plus exclusive collectible iPod skins, this two-disc set is a must-own for every fan! Talent: Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”), Katie Leclerc (“Veronica Mars”), Constance Marie (“George Lopez”), Lea Thompson (Back To The Future, “Caroline In The City”), D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) and Lucas Grabeel (Disney Channel’s “High School Musical”). Guest Star: Marlee Matlin (“West Wing,” “The L Word”).
Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano step out in style at the 2011 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party held at Paramount Studios on Friday night (September 23) in Los Angeles.
The Switched at Birth costars reunited just a few weeks ago, filming promo spots for the new season of the show coming in January.
Katie, who wore a Raoul dress, tweeted, “Doing @ABCFsab promo shots for the continuation of the season Vanessa and I have matching pants! #switchednotseparated.”
Katie also just returned from NYC where she spoke with Tyler Blackburn on the Delete Digital Drama movement.
Katie Leclerc, star of the newly popular ABC Family series “Switched at Birth,” felt powerless when she was bullied as a younger student. But that changed when “one boy spoke up… and in that moment I knew that I was going to be okay. I knew that someone had taken notice that this was a problem and addressed the problem,” she said. Leclerc shared this personal story during the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, a gathering of those who have noticed and are addressing the problem, on Sept 21 in D.C.
ABC Family stars, such as Leclerc, are speaking out against bullying in the “Delete Digital Drama” campaign in partnership with Seventeen magazine. Focused on online bullying, the campaign includes print coverage in Seventeen, a teen star-studded PSA airing on ABC Family, a “Delete Digital Drama” badge that can be added to Facebook and Twitter profile pictures, Charlotte Russe T-shirts and partnerships with Verizon and the non-profit Stomp Out Bullying. “The delete part is the power. It’s not victimizing them. It says that there’s something you can do about this drama in your life… You can delete it and stop it now before it becomes something that is really damaging and destructive,” said Seventeen editor in chief Ann Shoket.
Thanks to the most AMAZING Deelightful for donating such an amazing thing – we’ve got a new layout in the gallery!
According to THE Katie will guest star on the October 6th episode of The Big Bang Theory!
Katie is on the cover of the current issue of Ability Magazine, and you can check the cover out and read the interview HERE
Missed an episode or want to get caught up – with Netflix Instant, you can now watch all 10 episodes over and over!
Katie LeClerc & Vanessa Marano – ‘Switched At Birth’
August 15, 2011
Why Them: As the central “sisters” who were accidentally hospital swapped as babies, Katie & Vanessa have become two sides of the same fantastic coin. “When you’re working with someone who is extremely talented, it makes work really easy,” Vanessa tells TheInsider.com. “They elevate you and make you rise to their bar. I’m just so happy that someone as talented as Katie is doing such a kick ass job. She’s my Switch-ster. That’s what I call it.”
As for Katie, playing a partially deaf character (in real life, she has Meniere’s disease — an inner ear disorder that affects hearing and balance) has been one of the most rewarding parts of this whole gig. “I feel like we’re breaking new ground here. The portrayal of the deaf community is done with tact and respect and class. It’s really great to not only be the first ones doing this, but to be doing it right — that makes the whole experience even cooler.”