Exclusive: Vanessa Marano Talks “What-If” Episode on Switched at Birth (@abcfSAB)


What if Regina had told the hospital about the switch when she discovered it years ago? And what if both girls had been raised in the privileged Kennish household from age three?

Switched at Birth viewers will find out in a brand new episode on MONDAY, JULY 8th at 8:00PM.

In “Ecce Mono,” this alternate reality is revealed: Daphne has a cochlear implant, and doesn’t know American Sign Language. Having been spoiled by her parents to make up for the switch, she’s manipulative and not the best student. Bay, on the other hand, is a straight-A student, often trying to compensate for being the Kennishes’ non-biological daughter. In addition, Kathryn is a successful author of bodice-ripping novels and, while still married to State Senator John Kennish, their marriage is far from perfect.

CelebSecrets4U had the opportunity to chat with Vanessa Marano where she reveals details about the “what-if” episode. Check out what she has to say below.

What kind of moments should we be looking forward to this season?

V. Marano: This season is summer, and so we think of summer so bright and happy and fun in the sun, and it’s a very dramatic season, particularly for Bay it’s quite life changing for her. 


Could you tell us more about the upcoming “What-If” episode and how it affects the families?

V. Marano: The “What-If” episode is probably my favorite episode this season.  I think it’s going to be a very satisfying episode for fans and it’s a whole “what if the families found out that the girls were switched at age 3 rather than at age 16?”  “What if Regina had told the Kennishes what she had found out about the girls being switched?”  And so I think it’s going to be very satisfying for fans because they get to see that, it’s in this whole push-and-pull of “did Regina do the right thing?”, and they get to see whether or not she did.  And a lot of it has to do with John’s justification of what Regina did, and he’s still so angry about it and how everything would have turned out for each character.  

So it’s really fun, because you get to play a character that you’ve been playing for so long but you also have completely different circumstances than what your character had grown up with.  And Switched has always been about nature versus nurture, so this is what if the nurture wasn’t what it was because everything changed when the girls were three.


Will the change in family dynamic continue this season or will she be able to repair her relationships within her family?

V. Marano: Well, she repairs the relationship with Daphne, which is nice.  I like that those two can’t stay mad at each other as much as they used to.  They used to really be able to stay very mad at each other.  They’ve also evolved more into sisters.  But this is a really big season for Toby.  He’s usually a character that’s in the background that you lean on for support, but it’s a very big season for him.  He’s talking about getting married, and whether or not that’s the right decision, and so it’s a lot about growing up and figuring out if you’re doing something for love, if that’s the right decision or not. 


Will Emmett and Bay be able to be just friends?

V. Marano: Again, we will see.   It’s funny, part of the “What-If” episode is a what-if for Emmett and Bay, so we get to see circumstances changed, what they would have been.                   

Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

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Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.