10 Things To Know About Switched At Birth’s Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc

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We watched Switched at Birth and we like it. There. We said it. And we don’t know whether it’s because the plotline is so cool and different, the guys are so hot and dreamy, or the two leads, Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano, have the best chemistry, but we’re basically obsessed. So, natch, we had to dig up more info on the show’s leading ladies to find out just who they are and what they were doing before Switched At Birth. And you’re dying to know too, right?!

So from how they got started in Hollywood to one of the girl’s very hot celeb crushes, click on for 10 must-know facts!


Katie Leclerc

1. Katie plays Daphne, a deaf girl, on the show, and she's hearing impaired in real life, too. And that's what helped her snag the gig!

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Vanessa Marano

2. Vanessa has been on a ton of TV shows before Switched at Birth, including Gilmore Girls, Without a Trace, Dexter and The Young and the Restless! Quite an impressive resume already, eh?!

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Katie Leclerc

3. Katie speaks with what she calls a a "deaf accent" on the show, but in real life she speaks normally. She worked with a dialect coach to perfect the voice before filming!

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Vanessa Marano

4. Vanessa's little sister, Laura, is also an actress, and they played sisters on Without a Trace. Laura was also on Dexter, but the two played two unrelated characters at two separate times. Ha!

Katie Leclerc

5. Katie's celebrity crush is Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Good choice, Katie. Good choice.

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Vanessa Marano

6. Vanessa also has tons of movies under her belt, like The Clique, Finding Nemo and Dear Lemon Lima with Meaghan Martin!

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Katie Leclerc

7. Katie grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but after getting bullied by girls at school, her family moved to California. And that's how and when she started acting!

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Vanessa Marano

8. Even though she's a full-time actress, Vanessa is still in school! She got an Associate's degree from a community college and now attends USC in California, where she's working towards her Bachelor's.

Katie Leclerc

9. Switched At Birth is Katie's biggest role yet, but she got her big break when she was cast in Veronica Mars with Kristen Bell in 2005!

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Katie Leclerc

10. Vanessa Marano has guilty pleasure TV just like the rest of us. She's obsessed with The Real Housewives! "If the marathon’s on, forget about it, I’m hooked. I’m there all day," she's said.

Switched at Birth airs Monday nights at 9pm on ABC Family! Are you into the show? Who’s your fave character so far, Bay or Daphne? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Abaseen

    I just love Vanessa Marrano and her acting.

  • pandagal

    i think that bay should give regina a ch and ance. I love daphane! she’s so pretty and smart. I think it’s soo mean how the other basketball team asked her to play with them because she was handicapped

  • casy101

    bay is such a bitch cuz she thinks everything is about her her her and every time daphne hangs out with someone bay hates BAY always tells her not to for no reason

  • Kylie

    Really Regina is a total bitch and needs the crap slapped out of her. My fave character is bay because i absolutly love her on switched at birth

  • Bay103192

    Bay is my favorite character. I look just like her!!! Just go on my Facebook page and u will see… and I was born the same day as her!! P.S.I was talking about Vanessa marano 😉

  • Bay225

    i think that bay is the best charecter on the whole show. i think she should date who ever makes her happy. i hope daphne doesnt come between them because bay is very happy with emmett.

  • Jewel

    emmett and bay forever I can’t believe regina knew all this time about bay!

    • Bay225

      i think she should have came clean earlier

  • Autumn Venters

    i absuluttly love emmit hes sooo sweet and him ad daphney should get 2 gether…and bay and daphneys brother ….reginas in trouble ..she new all about that bay was her real daughter thats wy she didnt akt suprised at first..im 11

  • coolkid36

    hey vannessa and katie look great and they are great actors

  • Francheska

    i think that bay the one that hate the girl that is depth should not hate her is because they were switched when they were babies and her parents just want to know her better the same thing for bay and her real mom