We got to chat with the stars of the show, Vanessa Marano (Bay Kennish) and Katie Leclerc (Daphne Vasquez)!
Switched at Birth has so many fans. What has been your favorite experience or reaction from one of the fans?
Vanessa Marano: Katie, you want to take that?
Katie Leclerc: Sure, yes. I have to tell you, I Tweet and I love Twitter. It’s just the immediate response that is so readily accessible. I love going on and we’ll get comments from fans that are small mementos like, ‘I learned how to be patient with my deaf cousin because of Switched at Birth’, or big mementos like, ‘I understand the importance of and the need for interpreters so I changed my major to ASL because of Switched at Birth’. I mean, it’s a very broad spectrum, but I think the response has just been overwhelmingly positive and I understand why. When we working on it, I think all of us felt like we were doing something that was special and important. Now that those fans have kind of responded similarly, I’m just proud to be a part of it and thankful to have been along for the ride.
Vanessa Marano: Katie and I both did a signing at Planet Hollywood in New York and it was amazing to see the hearing fans and the deaf fans; how many of them there were and to see them together and to see each community that there is not necessarily a divide between, but both joining a program for different reasons and similar reasons. I think that that’s been the most amazing thing is that we have such a colorful group of fans because they’re hearing, they’re deaf, they’re teenage, they’re mothers, they’re male – a lot of them which is surprising. And I think that that’s great.
With such a broad range of fans, what do you think is the connecting thread that this show seems to connect with so many different people?
Vanessa Marano: I think it’s because it’s so relatable. There’s a character for everybody to relate to. You’re a Daphne, you’re a Bay, you’re a Kathryn, you’re a Regina, you’re a John, you’re a Toby, and you’re an Emmett. I think that what really resonates with people is that there are so many story lines and to top it off, you’re learning about culture and community that a lot of people weren’t introduced to beforehand.
Did you miss the Project Runway Season 10 Finale last night? No worry! It’s available to watch for free on MyLifetime.com.
before you click away to see the last episode, be sure to watch our interview with Nina Garcia. It’ll only take a couple of minutes. 😉
I love what you wear on the show. How do you choose what to wear on Project Runway?
Nina Garcia: I choose what I feel comfortable wearing, and what will look good on TV. I try to keep in mind what looks good on TV and makes me feel comfortable, which not always goes hand-in-hand, but I try my best.
Have you ever had times when the guest judge is not helpful or maybe even make the judging process harder?
Nina Garcia: Yes that has happened. I will not name names but some guest judges come on and they decide to not really speak their mind or they—what can I say they are skeptical about really hurting peoples’ feelings, but this is a show where it’s about giving them constructive criticism. It’s about helping them through your observations. I’ve never been of the school to tell them something just to help ease the blow. You are there to really help them, mentor them, help them grow, and some judges feel very uncomfortable with doing that.
It wouldn’t be Project Runway without Tim Gunn! Tonight the Season 10 Finale premieres at 9/8 central, and the winner will be revealed. If you miss it on TV you can watch it for free on Friday on MyLifetime.com.
Yesterday Style Savings Sarah chatted with Tim about Season 10 and has shared that interview here with us.
Do you think the challenges on Project Runway are getting more demanding on the designers each season?
Tim Gunn: No… I don’t think the challenges are more demanding. I will say the dramatic turn for me, and it’s been true the last several seasons but especially this past one, the challenges are getting shorter. This season (I think I’m correct) with the exception of one challenge (the last one) they were all one day challenges, and Heidi will occasionally talk to me off camera and ask, “Why doesn’t this work any better?” And my response is give them more time. I mean it’s really a matter of time more than anything else.
I mean I think that they’re all very demanding, all the challenges, and I make my experience with each season of designers … this to my experience teaching and every semester I would have a whole new group of students with different DNA and different chemistry among them as a group, and that’s what you just don’t know when we launch a season of the show. You just don’t know how the designers are going to respond to the challenges, how they’re going to respond to the ever increasing level of exhaustion both physical, emotion, creative, and mental exhaustion. It’s really daunting.
On the one hand the longer they stay on the show hurray congratulations. On the other hand can I please go home? It’s really very demanding.
Tim Gunn: Is your perception that the challenges have become more difficult?
Thrifty Divas: Not so much the challenges, the time crunch. It just seems like they’re shorter and shorter.
Tim Gunn: Oh yeah. And I actually am quite serious about it. I always say to the designers this challenge begins and ends at Mood. If you can’t fashion work for me you don’t have what you need or the ingredients aren’t correct you’re really in trouble, and it’s harder to pull out of that.
Thrifty Divas: I guess you’re going to have to make sure the next designers know that very well.
Tim Gunn: Well, actually I had a very serious talk with them the first time we went to Mood (this seasons group of designers) about … issues having to do with time constraints and materials. I mean for instance why if you’ve never use a silk chamois before why would you choose it? I mean it’s incredibly difficult to work with. Work with things that you’re familiar with and that you feel you have command over as opposed to things that are ruling you and dictating to you. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Thrifty Divas:Thank you Tim for your insights on everything. I love you on Project Runway! It wouldn’t be Project Runway without you.
Tim Gunn:Aww… thank you, Sarah. Well, I’ll tell you as long as there’s Project Runway, I’ll be there. Even if I’m in a wheel chair or an iron lung.
I’m hooked on the ABC Family show “Switched at Birth.” It’s compelling, dramatic, and interesting not just for teens but for adults too. In fact, for those of us either old enough to be fans of “Back to the Future” (or for the younger crowd that caught it on TBS reruns) the famed Lea Thompson plays Kathryn Kennish, one of the mothers affected by the mistake at the hospital. Yes, she plays the sweet, rich parent, but she’s surprisingly dynamic and as usual for Lea, completely likeable. 🙂
If you haven’t caught onto the Switch at Birth craze, you are in luck! You can watch the entire series, all 29 episodes (as of October 16) for FREE on ABCFamily.com.
Best of all, we got to chat with Lea Thompson herself!
Do your daughters watch Switched at Birth? And what do they think of the show?
Lea Thompson: My daughters love ABC Family and they love the show. And they’re always squealing, and it’s really fun, we all get in my bed and watch the show, which is really fun. I love that it’s a show that they like to watch. They’re 17 and 21, and they’re both actresses, and so it’s just great. And they’re fans of all the actors and they geek out, and it’s really, really awesome.
There are so many twists and turns on Switched at Birth, do the writers let you know what’s going on ahead of time, or do you find out these surprises as you get each script?
Lea Thompson: They do not tell us what is going to happen ever. And the only reason that Lizzy Weiss, the creator, doesn’t tell us is because she loves watching us go, Oh, I can’t believe that happened. She really just literally gets some kind of sadistic pleasure out of it, I don’t know, and so it makes for fun. And also always the re-dos, because we always do a re-do, it’s always really fun, sometimes we don’t get the script until right when we’re going to read it through and so we’re right there. What’s nice about it is that we can understand how much fun it is for the fans to discover these things as they happen.
Okay… this isn’t exactly a freebie because I’m not sure if you’ll be able to watch this one for free on MyLifetime.com after the premiere Sunday, October 7th at 9pm.
But… I do have a free treat for you. Here’s our interview with Executive Producer and Star Queen Latifah, plus Co-Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan!
(Listen to the interview in this video)
I love that you choose positive and inspiring work. What is your personal criteria for choosing which projects to do?
Queen Latifah: Well first of all it’s the quality of the material and also it’s who’s involved, you know, who’s a part of what we’re going to do. And then it’s also, you know, I like to kind of service the full audience of America at least. So I try to do things that are maybe just real artistic.
They don’t have the most money but it’s a great piece of work. Then there’s like big, fun comedies, big animated movies for kids like I want to do things for my nieces and nephews. So I mean my – it’s always been a kind of a full circle moment for how I choose material.
But I think, you know, a lot of it is based upon, you know, what the material is and then who’s involved, you know, and who is it going to service. You know, because ultimately we’re trying to deliver something entertaining to an audience.
So as long as it can entertain the audience, if it makes me laugh I think, you know, if it makes my, you know, my nephew laugh or my niece laugh then I think it’s good. You know, if it makes someone laugh or cry then those things are good.
I mean it’s a very varied, you know, I definitely service, you know, my African American audience but I also want to service other audiences, you know, of different cultures.
So if there are other cultural things that can be involved in it I like to make it diverse because I grew up in New York and New Jersey and so I’m used to growing up around a different, you know, different cultures.
So if there’s something that can, you know, kind of be involved in that sense I always want to, you know, give a little something there. So it varies, you know, but ultimately those are the main things.
As long as we service the audience, we give people the entertaining night, you know, that’s kind of how I choose things.
And I always have like a woman thing in there.
And then for all three of you, since all three of you produced this, what were the biggest challenges to overcome to produce this new version of Steel Magnolias?
Queen Latifah: Location. Location. Location.
Neil Meron: Well location but, you know, I actually didn’t think about this or I don’t think any of us did think about challenges to overcome. I think it was just the challenge to make the best movie we could. And, you know, I don’t think any of us really looked at the past.
We just looked at what we had. And what we had is something that we loved and so we just made the best version of that.
Well it’s true actually. I mean we never said oh, they did this before like this. No, we didn’t. You honor the material you have.
It’s Christmas movie season! I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for a cute Christmas chick flick. 😉
This one is such a fun twist on a traditional theme with a fresh soundtrack, relatable plot device (hello recession), and of course a heart warming twist that makes it a romantic Christmas movie. ABC Family presents “Desperately Seeking Santa” starring Laura Vandervoort and Nick Zano. The movie premieres Sunday November 27th at 8/7 central on ABC Family. It will be posted online at ABC Family Monday November 28th (so even if you don’t have cable, you can watch it for FREE online instead).
I got a chance to chat with Laura Vandervoort about the movie “Desperately Seeking Santa.” Can I just say she’s adorablely sweet in real life? Don’t fall for her tough character, it truly is an act. 😉
Thrifty Divas – Desperately Seeking Santa is such a fun twist on that money miser Christmas theme. When you first read the script, what did you like about it most?
Laura Vandervoort – Honestly, the fact that she was human was a small portion of the reason I chose to take it because I’d been playing so many out of this world characters, which is a lot of fun to do, but it was nice because I actually felt like I related to Jennifer more than the other characters. She’s a bit of a workaholic like myself and I tend to forgot to have fun sometimes because I am so serious and much like Jennifer. In the film she learns that it’s not all about working hard and being focused. You can actually have fun and relax and I had a chance to do on this film.
It was the first role where I really thoroughly enjoyed the process. We were laughing. We were improvising. We were being silly. The smiles in the film are all real. It was just a great cast and I was finally able to relax. So it’s sort of ironic that what my character went through was sort of what I was going through, which is just learning that it’s not all about work. But, it has been a great year for me and the work has been fantastic and now I’m learning to just really enjoy it.
Thrifty Divas – Do you have any favorite Christmas traditions?
Laura Vandervoort – I do. I’m going home this year. I’m from Canada and I just moved out to L.A. on my own, so I’m looking forward to going home. Every year, both sides of my family—my mom’s side and my dad’s side—we do kind of family reunions and we see the grandparents and all the cousins get together. So that’s nice, but really the tradition I enjoy the most is just having a fire with my parents.
This year, we’re going to our cottage up north and there’s snow and we have deer that come right up to the door, so it’s like a pretty beautiful Christmas. We’re lucky. Much like the movie, as we get older, it’s not about the presents, it’s about the fact that you don’t get to see your family as much as you’d like, especially in this industry. For me, I’m traveling alone a lot of the time, so it’s really special for me now more so than ever to be with my family and also my mom’s broccoli casserole.