BC: How hard is it to sign while acting?
VM: Very difficult, but I’m getting better at it. I’m essentially doing three things at once: walking, talking, and signing. Usually, I have trouble doing two things at once!
BC: Which actor would you most want to work with?
VM: There are so many talented actors out there, and I’ve never really given it a thought. I’d like Bay to date a super nerdy guy. Do you know of any super nerdy actors?
BC: I’m blanking out. Hmm… what about Adam Brody?
VM: Yeah, that’s the type of guy. I think he’s a little old for me, though!
BC: Adam aside, what are your guilty pleasures?
VM: I’m a musical nerd, so that’s a big one. I saw Les Mis three times in theaters.
BC: You have a sister in real life, who’s also an actress. Do you ever feel competitive with her?
VM: Not at all. We’ve been doing this for 12 years, and it’s so nice to have someone who gets it. She’s my best friend.
BC: Do you have any funny stories from the set?
VM: Oh, a lot of different ones! This one time, we were shooting a scene where Bay is kind of being bratty to her father [played by Gilles Marini]. The director wanted me to eat sushi and say my lines, so I had to swallow really fast. I was eating so much of it that everyone was convinced I was going to throw up. Finally, during my close up, Gilles just starts laughing hysterically. He couldn’t stop!
BC: You’re going to star in Restless Virgins on Lifetime. What drew you to the script?
VM: It’s an incredibly well-written script. It’s very different from the tone of Switched at Birth, and I thought it was time to shake things up a little.
BC: How does your character in the movie compare to Bay?
VM: Bay is someone who grew up well-off and privileged. Emily didn’t –she went to a prep school with rich kids and was never popular. She wants to take down the system, whereas Bay is simultaneously part of that system and an outsider.
BC: What else have you been up to?
VM: I’m an ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which works to cure spinal cord injury.
BC: You’ve wanted to be an actress for most of your life. What would be your ultimate dream role and why?
VM: I believe in just working. Consistently working is my dream, whether it’s television, theatre, or movies. As an actor, I love theatre. It’s a big passion of mine and anything in it would be a dream role.
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.