We recently had the chance to chat with the adorable Lucas Grabeel, who plays Toby (the brother of the girls who were switched when they were born!) on the brand-new ABC Family original series Switched Birth. You probably remember Lucas from High School Musical! But did you know he’s a huge fan of one of his Switched at Birth co-stars? Find out who – and much more about Lucas and his new character in the Q&A below!
Question: What can you tell us about Toby?
Lucas Grabeel: Toby is the biological brother of Daphne and the switched brother of Bay. He is just like everyone else in the family. He’s kind of caught up in the craziness at the beginning when it all happens. But, since he’s not a parent or the actual child, I think he’s got a kind of objective point of view of the whole thing and is slowly taking it in and getting to know his new sister and getting to know this new situation. He’s a pretty normal teenage guy with exemplified problems because he’s rich.
Question: What is the one thing that you are most excited for people to see in the June 6 premiere?
Lucas Grabeel: I’ve only seen the pilot myself and watching it, I was surprised at how everything was—the feeling of the whole show is not fantasy. It’s just real, and when you watch it, you kind of get taken on this journey and you get to know these people and you want to know more. So, hopefully, that’s what other people take from it. Because, I loved it. So, I’m excited for people to see it!
Question: What do you think is going to draw people in to Switched at Birth?
Lucas Grabeel: It’s got a lot of heart. It’s kind of an interesting concept because it’s not something that we think about on a day to day basis. We woke up one day and found out that the people who raised us our whole lives were not our real biological parents and that we had been switched at birth. Kind of a crazy thing to be put in as that position! But also, coming from the parent’s point of view, raising this child that you think is your kid…You call this love and you think you’re doing everything that you can to be right and everything flips upside down and you have to deal with the madness. So, it’s a very interesting concept. I think that’s really drawing me to loving the project even more.