Exclusive interview with Vanessa Marano

May 2, 2014 | Since 2011 Vanessa Marano has been winning the hearts of many fans with her portrayal of confident and artistic Bay Kennish in "Switched at Birth". In our interview she talks about some challenges of the show like learning ASL and fliming dancing scenes and she tells us a little bit from her time on the set of "Gilmore Girls".

Foto: Vanessa Marano - Copyright: Lesley Bryce, glam Elle Leary
Vanessa Marano
© Lesley Bryce, glam Elle Leary

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1. In a recent episode Bay had to draw a memory as an assignment in art class. Which memory of your time on "Switched at Birth" would you draw?

There's way too many to choose from! Usually when we wrap the season, everyone stays after the last scene to celebrate. Every time we do that, it's pretty memorable.

2. Working on a show with half of the people using ASL must be an amazing experience. Your character Bay learns the sign-language quite easily. How did you get into it?

I got into it because Bay got into it. She had to learn; therefore, I had to learn. It's a really awesome language. I was equally excited and petrified to learn it.

3. The show deals with a lot of interesting issues, the switch situation, the communication barriers, the Pilot Program at Carlton. What would you say you have learnt from being on the show?

I had never met a deaf person before working on this show. I've learned so much about that community and ASL.

4. Who do you think is a good boyfriend for Bay? Do you hope Ty comes back or should she stay with Tank? Or would you like to see her back with Emmett?

I think she should be single for a while. Bay always has a boyfriend, it be fun seeing her date a few guys with no strings attached. Though, being the actress that plays her, I might be a bit biased.

5. There were some special episodes like the completely silent one or the dancing episode. What were they like to shoot and what sort of special would you love to see realized?

They were very different. The all ASL episode was tense. There was a lot of pressure put on the situation because it had never been done before. We wanted to do it right, and it turned out beautifully. The dance episode was hilarious. We have so many great actors with major dance experience on this show. I, on the other hand, have no dance experience or musically ability. It was comedically interesting to shoot. We do a special episode every season, and I don't know what I'd like the next one to be. I do know that I don't want it to involve music at all.

6. What one thing about "Switched at Birth" would people not know?

Katieand I stole two of the squirrel props from the Kennish house.

7. You played the role of April Nardini on "Gilmore Girls", one of the best and most warmhearted TV family dramas of all time. What do you remember most from working in Stars Hollow, Luke's Diner etc.?

I was such a big fan of that show. The very first day I worked, I remember running around that set taking pictures of everything.

8. In "Without a Trace" you and your sister Laura played on-screen sisters. What was it like to work with your sister and did the two of you audition together?

We did not. I was booked first, and the casting department started looking for a sister months later. My agent was like "you know, she actually has a sister." We loved working together. We were so young then, it'd be fun to do it again now that we are older.

9. What's on your bucket list?

To do theatre in New York or London. Hopefully both.

10. Since myFanbase is an online magazine about U.S. television shows, what are your favorite shows?

Of all time: "Cheers", "Will & Grace", "Gilmore Girls", "Arrested Development", "Six Feet Under", "Law & Order: SVU" and the "Real Housewives" franchise.

Thank you for taking the time, Vanessa, we wish you all the best for your future!

Nicole Oebel - myFanbase