'Switched at Birth' Star Vanessa Marano Talks Bay, Boys + More!

Vanessa Marano gives us the scoop on Bay, guilty pleasures, and her ultimate dream role!
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‘Switched at Birth’ Star Vanessa Marano Talks Bay, Boys + More!

Vanessa Marano gives us the scoop on Bay, guilty pleasures, and her ultimate dream role!

-Diana Denza

Switched at Birth fans know Vanessa Marano as the artistic, multi-dimensional Bay Kennish. And with the show in its second successful season, this 20-year-old is poised to take Hollywood by storm. We chatted with the sarcastic (yet totally sweet!) Marano about the gig that made her a star, awkward dates, and where you’ll catch her next.

Betty Confidential: Where were you when you first found out you got the role of Bay and how did you react?

Vanessa Marano: I was with my mom and some friends at P.F. Chang’s. It’s a tradition –we go there after every audition. When I heard that I got the role, I was so excited. I go into everything with skepticism, but everyone realized how special this show was from the very start.

BC: How would you describe Bay’s taste in guys?

VM: Colorful. She goes through a variety of different guys. Bay started out with a preppy boyfriend, moved on to Ty, who was more of a street kid. Then she dated Emmett, an artist. I think it’s safe to say she doesn’t exactly have one type!

BC: Were you supportive of the Bay/Emmett relationship?

VM: In the beginning, until he cheated on her.

BC: Do you believe in second chances in relationships?

VM: It depends on each individual person and what they’re willing to forgive and move past. For me, cheating’s a big no-no.

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BC: Besides cheating, what’s your biggest deal breaker when it comes to guys?

VM: Oh, a variety of things! At the top of the list is not being able to hold a conversation. I always have especially awkward dates. My last one was a blind date –one of my good friends set me up and it was so uncomfortable. There were a lot of awkward silences and we had nothing to talk about. The vibe was all wrong!

BC: Are you anything like your character?

VM: When the show first started, we were nothing alike. We’re still very not similar in our outlook on things and the way we handle situations and people. But over time, my humor and sarcasm became a part of Bay.

BC: What’s your favorite part about your character?

VM: That she’s not too easy to get along with. Too often, characters on television are watered down and simplistic. Bay doesn’t mesh with people right away. She has this layer of vulnerability that you have to make an effort to strip away.

BC: How has Bay grown from the start of the series until now?

VM: She’s changed a lot. Bay went from a rebellious teen with a woe-is-me attitude to someone who goes at things with full-force. She doesn’t let things get to her as much.

BC: What are you most excited about this season?

VM: We have an all-ASL episode coming up [Ed note: The episode will air on March 4, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT]. It’s never been done on television before. It’s a risk, but I think it’ll be so worth it!

Up next: Funny on-set stories, the scoop on Marano’s new movie, and…Adam Brody! 

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