Katie Leclerc Gives Us the Scoop on Daphne’s Love Life on ‘Switched at Birth’ – Read Our Q&A! (@ABCFsab @katieleclerc)

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The summer premiere of Switched at Birth aired last Monday and shocked viewers with an unexpected pregnancy and financial problems for the Kennish family.

CelebSecrets4U spoke with Katie Leclerc, who plays Daphne Vasquez on the show, to find out more about what we can expect from this half of the season.

“The family struggle right now is real,” says Leclerc. “It’s real in the sense that it’s a looming thing for the family, but the storyline is something that I’ve dealt with in my personal life and I know it’s a very tough subject for a lot of families to deal with. So, Daphne’s really there to be as supportive to the family as she can be and I think that comes in many different ways. She’s there physically with her family, but also just sending good vibes and positivity towards them.

In our interview, Katie alsotalksabout how we will see Daphne develop throughout the second half of the season, her favorite relationship of Daphne’s and what she does in her spare time.

In tonight’s episode, Bay decides to refocus her energy on school and signs up for a Spanish class, only to discover that the new harassment policy has put her in the spotlight. John finds himself under serious financial strain as Kathryn makes plans to produce her musical herself. Meanwhile, Daphne learns that her D in Chemistry will affect her scholarship and she starts having doubts about her compatibility with Mingo.

Switched at Birth airs Monday, August 31st at 8PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

Make sure to read our Q&A with Katie below and check out some clips and stills from tonights episode.

CS4U:How do we see Bay and Daphne, along with the rest of the blended familys relationship, develop and change in the second half of this season?

Katie Leclerc:The heart of the show has always been Bay and Daphne and when Daphne had her downward spiral, her family really jumped in and saved the day for Daphne in a huge way. I think Daphne is still feeling guilt from that and sometimes guilt is bad and sometimes guilt is a huge motivator. So for Daphne, having so much at stake and having her family really risk their livelihood for her, it puts her in a place where she is highly motivated for school and to become a doctor.

Her pre-med quest is really fueled by the love of her family and the fact that she doesnt want to disappoint them again. Pre-meds super hard regardless of whether youre deaf or not, so for Daphne, I think, the big challenge this season and the way that Bay and Daphnes relationship changes is Daphne comes to the realization that she can do it and its going to be a struggle, but shes always got Bay there supporting her and always behind her.

CS4U:What would you say has been the biggest change for Daphne over the course of these seasons?

Katie Leclerc: I think theres been some pretty large changes for her. I was about to say switches, but I guess that wouldnt really apply. I think when she had her food truck and she and Travis were robbed, I think that was an incredibly life-changing experience for her. Shes become more guarded and more protective and also sees some of what the evil in this world canthe damage that that can do.

I think before that, she grew up maybe in a rough neighborhood, but she was never part of the violence. So, I think that was a huge thing, but then also, having that person return and having her treat that person, based on a doctors code; I think that was really full-circle for her in a big way. It created the space for her to have the confidence to do the job regardless of what was in front of her.

In a similar way, I would say when Sharees mom stabbed the head doctor at the clinic, [Dr. Jackson], and she punctured the lungs so the air could get into his lung, I think that was also a really big shift for her. Its another example of just, you know, whether youre deaf or hearing, therere challenges and you cant let you own challenges get in the way of what has to be done.

Daphnes really realized that over the course of the four years. Shes never been one to back down, ever. Thats one of my favorite things about this character. Shes strong in every single way possible. I think as she grows, that really becomes solidified in her and her confidence gets even stronger.

CS4U:What has been your favorite relationship of Daphnes?

Katie Leclerc: If youd asked me last season, I would have to say my favorite relationship was with Wilkie for Daphne. Wilkie was super supportive and definitely didnt have ulterior motives like say, Jace did. Daphne kind of falls into this pitfall of guys that arent necessarily looking out for her.

Mingo, though, is totally on Daphnes side and I love Mingo for Daphne. He pushes her and motivates her in ways that none of her previous boyfriends have and hes really good and I like that we didnt know whether they were going to be friends or enemies at first. They definitely have each others back and I think its a really beautiful relationship.

CS4U:What is it like for you changing courses with Daphne and she and Mingo being that new stable couple?

Katie Leclerc: I cannot tell you how happy I am that Daphne has a solid boyfriend. Shes always been a bit boy crazy. ABC Family is no stranger to having some hunky eye-candy dudes around. Adam Hagenbuch is a wonderful actor, a great human being, super hilarious. I really enjoy having scenes with him and just talking about films. Weve really bonded. Weve really become close friends and I really love Adam.

Its been really great for Daphne to have a stable boyfriend and to see what shes like in a solid relationship. You know what I mean? Shes not bouncing around from thing to thing, shes really grounded and she really knows what she wants and has it right now. Its been really nice to let Daphne settle a little bit.

CS4U:How does Daphne feel about Reginas relationship with Eric and are there going to be any issues with Regina trying to balance her time between these different families?

Katie Leclerc: Well, you know, I think the first time that Daphne saw Regina with Eric was a challenge. We saw that happen onscreen, so that was a fun moment to play. Theres a natural grownup-ness about Daphne now that shes matured a lot and she wants her mom to be happy in whatever way that Regina is pursuing that happiness.

Now that Daphnes in college and living in the dorms, its natural for Regina to feel like the empty-nester. The fact that Regina isnt really experiencing that because she has the coffee shop to keep her occupied and to keep her busy and Eric and Will as well, is a really good thing for Regina as a character. I think Daphnes totally supportive of it, but mostly because Daphnes also wrapped up in her own world.

CS4U:Can you tell us anything about the rumors of a character returning to the show?

Katie Leclerc: I dont know if Im allowed to say who it is or not, but the fact that you dont know who it is makes me feel like I dont think I can [laughs]. Oh shoot. I actually think I Instagrammed a photo of this person, so I dont think its a huge reveal, but Daphne has made some enemies over the past four seasons. Maybe not necessarily enemies, because this person is in a position of power and Daphne was a teenager at the time. Daphne doesnt have any direct interaction with this character, but Bay does. So, Bays malice towards him is definitely palatable, but our girl Bay has a way of getting her way, so I wouldnt worry about it too, too much.

CS4U:What do you like to do in your spare time?

Katie Leclerc: My husband and I have two dogs that we are just totally in love with, so we spend a lot of time with the dogs. I am a wonderful cook, if I do say so myself, so I spend a lot of time in the kitchen as well. Im always trying to come up with something new to cook. Not so long ago it was macaroons. I had this lofty idea that I could make macaroons and they worked once, but then the next five attempts they didnt work, so it was torture [laughs].

Im always trying to find something to do thats creative, outside of acting, but my goal every hiatus is to book a job. As much as I can, I just want to keep working. I feel like Ive been blessed to have such a huge launch pad and such a great opportunity that Im just trying to take advantage of it as much as I can.

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