Thursday, December 13, 2012

Celebuzz 'Switched at Birth' Exclusive ASL Featurette...

Switched at Birth introduced the beauty of sign language not only to its audience but also to a slew of hearing actors who were asked to learn ASL as part of their roles.

The Kennish family learned their daughter had actually been switched in the hospital just after she was born, and when they reunited with her years later, they learned she had fallen deaf as a result of an illness as a toddler. She was fluent in sign language, as was her mother, and as the Kennishes got to know her, they learned to communicate that way, too.

Though Katie Leclerc who plays Daphne was fluent in ASL before getting the role, everyone else has been learning as the show has been unfolding.

1 comment:

janna roam said...

I didn’t realize this show featured ASL. That makes it sound a lot more interesting; I might have to check it out. I haven’t seen the first season, and I’m working a lot of overtime at DISH for the next few months, but I can record the show when it resumes this week and check it out later. I have the DISH Hopper, which can store up to 2000 hours of entertainment, so I’ll be able to save Switched at Birth’s entire season along with all my other shows. That way I’ll be able to watch a few episodes whenever I have time and see if I like the show.