Katie LeClerc was one of the many talented stars to walk the red carpet of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Winter Wonderland. The event took place at Rockefeller Center in New York City to celebrate the holidays and the upcoming new seasons of their hit original programming.
Katie stars as Daphne Vasquez on the hit drama series Switched at Birth. We had a chance to chat with Katie about what fans can expect from the upcoming “What If” Christmas episode, the new episodes of season 4, that heartbreaking episode, and her favorite holiday moments.
Check out the video and transcript of our interview with Katie LeClerc below, as well as a special Christmas message:
Pop City Life: You have the best laugh in the world.
One of the cameramen imitates my laugh now. But he does it spot on so I don’t even care. I’ll laugh and he’ll echo it. It’s great.
Aww. So congratulations on your wedding! How’s married life treating you?
Thank you! It’s awesome. It’s so much fun.
I saw the pictures from your wedding. They were so cute.
Thank you! It was 107 degrees and 70% humidity. We were drenched. But it was beautiful and like, you know when you go on the dance floor and you get like, schvitzy and you hope no one notices? Everyone was super wet and nobody cared. We were all dancing really hard. It was awesome.
So this upcoming Christmas episode…you’ve done switch-up episodes before but how does this one differ? What can fans expect from that?
Yeah! It’s another “What If” episode. I think it’s always fun to explore that area of storyline like…I always jokingly call it our ‘Fringe’ episodes. It’s sort of like “In a parallel universe, what would happen?” It’s kind of fun to see what that would be like. I think it’s fun to use my normal speaking voice. It’s great to go on Twitter the next day and fans are like “Wait…what?!”
Is Regina and Daphne’s relationship going to thaw a little bit in this episode?
I’m so lucky because with my real life mom, I’m so close to her. I guess when I was a teenager I was a little punk *laughs*. I love that relationship because I think it’s very real. They thaw and there’s mending to do and there’s mending that is done. This fourth season of Switched is very …we bring up very hard-hitting issues. It could be uncomfortable. There’s potential with that. But the goal in bringing up these issues is to say “This is real life.” In college kids are making very adult decisions and there are consequences to that. We like to explore those consequences. Season 4 halfway through, Bay has a huge challenge ahead of her. She has a big hill to climb. I’m mostly intrigued to see how fans respond to that.
The last time I spoke to Constance, she told me it was going to be a happier year for Regina. So I feel very betrayed because I’m still crying over it.
Awww! Thank goodness it’s a happier year. Losing Gilles [Marini] was like losing a piece of my heart. Truly, it was so hard on all of us.
Happier questions. Since we’re celebrating Christmas here in Rockefeller Center, what are some of the things you look forward to every year? Holiday traditions, movies… I love them all.
I love that ABC Family does the 25 Days of Christmas so you get to see all the fun films. My family is in San Antonio and my husband’s family is like 15 minutes from my family so we kind of flip-flop between the two. I love that about the holidays. I think it’s a time to be joyous and be with your family and remember the important things in life. Our Christmas special does that as well. They’re very family oriented and they spread apart and they come together at the end. That’s really what the holidays mean to me.
Thank you so much to Katie LeClerc for stopping to chat with us at Winter Wonderland!
Be sure to keep up to date with her by following her on Twitter @KatieLeClerc and tune in to the Switched at Birth holiday episode, tonight, December 8th on ABC Family!