Question: What kind of music do you like?
Katie Leclerc: I really like folk music. I just went to a festival called Outsidelands. I really like rock music. I'm going to go see The Black Keys when they come to L.A.
Question: How did you get the role on Switched at Birth?
Katie Leclerc: I found out about it through my agent, and I came in for an audition. I was really nervous! I remember the day that I left the screen test, which is the final audition, I went home. I was so nervous during my audition that I sweat through my armpits and left a stain! I'm so glad they overlooked it!
Question: Have you ever been picked on or teased growing up? If so, what advice do you have for kids who get bullied?
Katie Leclerc: Most definitely. I was severely bullied in middle school--so much so that my family moved to California. If someone's going through something similar to that, they should find an ally in an adult and inform someone about what's happening. It's hard to open up and share when you're feeling vulnerable, but you need someone on your side.
Question: What was your biggest struggle when perusing acting?
Katie Leclerc: There's a lot of rejection in acting. They say an actor books on in 60 auditions, and you're lucky if you get 60 auditions in a year. At one point, I moved to San Antonio for a while before realizing I needed to be in L.A. And then a year later, I booked Switched at Birth!
Question: What is your relationship with the rest of the cast off screen?
Katie Leclerc: Fantastic! We are a big, loving loveball!
Question: How accurate are the signs in the show?
Katie Leclerc: Very accurate! We have ASL masters on set, standing by to step in at a moment's notice!
Question: Once you learned that you had Ménière's disease how did that impact your life?
Katie Leclerc: I was really lucky because I knew ASL prior to being diagnosed. It is a major inconvenience at moments, but it's really easy for me to stay positive because without it, I wouldn't be able to play Daphne!