Katie LeClerc Talks Daphne’s College Experience on “Switched at Birth” – Read the Q&A! (@KatieLeClerc)

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Switched at Birth‘s biggest finale yet is only a few days away and CS4U has the scoop on what you can expect from the drama-packed episode straight from the cast!

In the season three finale titled “There Is My Heat,” Bay (Vanessa Marano) surprises Emmett (Sean Berdy) with a visit to Los Angeles while he’s shooting his first big class project with intent on making their relationship work. Daphne (Katie LeClerc) is distraught with her performance in school and the idea of letting Bay and her family down. Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and Toby (Lucas Grabeel) get the chance to have their musical produced. Meanwhile, Regina (Constance Marie) is shocked by Eric (Terrell Tilford)’s reaction to a buyout offer on the coffeeshop.

CS4U recently caught up with Katie LeClerc, who plays Daphne Vasquez on the show, to get you the deets on what’s to come on Switched at Birth! In our interview, Katie talks about Daphne’s biggest challenge, her college experience, Daphne and Emmett’s future as friends, and what we can expect from the Switched at Birth season three finale. Katie also gives YOU advice on how to handle college! Make sure to read the Q&A below.

Make sure to tune in to the spring finale of Switched at Birth on Tuesday, March 10 @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

CS4U: What has been Daphne’s biggest challenge and what’s coming up for her down the road?

Katie LeClerc: “Daphne has been through a lot this season.  I think what was hardest for Daphne was what Bay went through.  In seasons past my character kind of fell off the deep end and I got to explore different sides of this character, and this season was all about Daphne’s compassionate side, and that doesn’t let up in the finale episode either.  Daphne is one of the kindest human characters that I’ve gotten to play, and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to.  She loves with all of her heart, she has the biggest heart of anyone that I’ve ever not actually met. In the finale episode I think her compassion gets tested again with her friends sort of in a different way than it has been with her family.  But her connection to her sister is so strong that I think everything they went through was very difficult for Daphne as well.”

CS4U: Do you think Daphne made the right decision to attend UMKC instead of Gallaudet?

Katie LeClerc: “Oh, heck yes!  I think Daphne is one of those people who bloom where she’s planted, so I think she would have been great at Gallaudet as well.  But especially because of everything that happened with her family this season I think it was really monumental for her to be close to her family.  She’s so emotionally close to them that I think being that far, I think it would have worn on her, so I think it’s good she stayed at UMKC.  Plus she’s with Melody, so that’s even better.  I get more Marlee Matlin time.”

CS4U: Do you think we’ll see her college experience lighten up at all?

Katie LeClerc: “I think so.  The sorority thing was an interesting thing for Daphne to try. That probably would have lightened her up a little bit, but she’s very intense so I’m not sure she lightens up too easily.”

CS4U: Is there any advice that you would give to a girl in college or going into college from the experiences that you’ve gone through with your character?

Katie LeClerc: “Absolutely. For me, college was a really good experience; it was way better than high school and it was 10,000 times better than middle school.  I think as you grow up things just get better, it gets easier, you gain perspective, and if you have the patience to let whatever the situation is play out in the big picture — in the long run things that feel so heavy and so important don’t necessarily stay as highlighted when you look back on your life. My advice would just be to stay positive and try to think about the big picture.”

CS4U: Will Daphne and Emmett ever get back to the friendship that they used to have?

Katie LeClerc: “I think Daphne and Emmett could absolutely be friends.  It also depends on timing how the Bay and Emmett situation plays out. If they end up on good terms then absolutely Daphne and Emmett could be friends right away, but if it doesn’t actually go the way that Bay is hoping it might be a little bit harder for Daphne. She’s pretty defensive of Bay.”

Written by Juliet Schroder

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