We recently had the chance to chat with Switched at Birth's Constance Marie. The always delightful Constance dished about Regina, learning American Sign Language, her work BFF -- and more. Keep reading to find out all about Constance!
Question: What has it been like working with Marlee Matlin? Did you know her prior to Switched at Birth?
Constance Marie: I had never met her before. I mean, I was a big fan from what I did know and, in doing part of my research I watched Children of a Lesser God, and I just thought, oh my god, she’s absolutely amazing and she is going to play my BFF! Oh my gosh, I’m not worthy.
That was the first thought that went through my head, and then when I met her, she could not have been more warm and sweeter and smarter and funnier and we both [have] this rat nasty same sense of humor. She was just incredibly, incredibly supportive of me and I just never felt judged by her; you know, as far as my signing is concerned. She was just awesome. She is just like the best pretend BFF to have and we’re also Twitter junkies. We talk via Twitter all the time.
Question: Which character do you see more of yourself in, Bay or Daphne?
Constance Marie: Oh, I think I’m a hybrid. I think I was young and rebellious and artistic and feisty, but I also had that wanting to work really hard and do well in school, even though I was kind of average; but considering my circumstances growing up, I was the good kid in my household. I never wanted to get in trouble. So I’d say both of them.
Question: How did you prepare for this role of working in the deaf community?
Constance Marie: Sign language boot camp! I didn’t know anything about it. I watched a tremendous amount of documentaries and I have a wonderful master’s certified sign language teacher, an ASLinstructor who came and literally beat me into submission. I say that in a loving way, but really, I had to hunker down and essentially learn a language that I had no clue as to anything about it.
Question: As you learn ASL, do you have a favorite sign?
Constance Marie: I think my favorite sign is “beautiful” because it’s just done with such flair across your face, like a dance move. It’s like when I watch Marlee Matlin sign, they’re all my favorite because she is just a sexy signer; the sexiest signer I’ve ever seen is Marlee Matlin. She does this full body sign. It’s beautiful to watch; and I’m like, “What did you say,” and she says, “I had to go to the bathroom!” It’s not even anything like really exotic that she’s saying, it just looks gorgeous.
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