Four days. That’s all that stands between us and ‘Switched at Birth’s Season 3 summer premiere — and boy do we have a lot of ground to cover, especially in regards to a certain old flame that has once again reignited (finally!).
We’re, of course, referring to Bay and Emmett’s recent hook-up, which places both characters in the middle of yet another cheating scandal. So how’s it all going to shake out? Luckily, TVRage had the chance to chat with Bay Kennish herself, played by actress Vanessa Marano, during a recent conference call where she dished about the consequences of Bay’s actions and what exactly fans can expect from the rest of the season.
“This coming season, it gets very emotional; and there’s a particular episode, in the middle of the season, that I found very relatable,” the actress teased. “I can’t give you too much information about that. All I can say is that it was a very emotional episode for everyone involved and everyone’s experienced it.”
So where does this leave Bay and Emmett? “I think Bay and Emmett fans are going to be very happy this summer,” Marano hints, while adding that there will still be a few bumps along the way. “It’s Bay and Emmett, so they’re not without their trials and tribulations. It’s a relationship that I think all the fans have been waiting to see revisited and brought back to life. Now that they’re finally there, it’s not without its struggles.”
Like Tank, for instance, who is technically still Bay’s current boyfriend, making her an official member of the cheater’s club, which she will have a hard time dealing with.
“Bay has been cheated on. She’s experienced the heartache of it. She is very sensitive in that situation, and she immediately wants to tell him,” Marano tells TVRage. “Bay is feeling so terrible about herself, and Emmett having no way to really comfort her. I think what hurts the most is in her situation with Emmett, it was someone who cheated on her who cared so much about her, and she cares about Tank, but not in the way that Emmett cares about her. I think that brings up a lot of scars for her as well. The premiere episode is a rough one for everyone involved in that triangle.”
But that’s not the only problem Emmett will have to contend with. There’s still the whole Mandy situation to deal with, and fans will finally gain some insight into Matthew’s motives.
“We find out a little bit more about Matthew and his reasoning,” Marano reassures TVRage. “He is not exactly the most grounded, well-rounded human being in the sense that—that may be with a little bit of an overreaction, but, yes, we definitely find out more about him and his motives behind the whole ordeal this season.”
As for Bay and Daphne’s relationship, the two girls will find themselves working together for a very important cause.
“It’s a particularly difficult season for Daphne,” Marano reveals. “She’s very nervous about her mother’s safety now that she’s involved in this East Riverside Project. In the premiere episode, Bay and Daphne team up to find the guy who threw the brick through the window in order to make peace with him so they know Regina is safe where she is.”
She adds, “I don’t know if that’s going to go according to plan, but again, does it ever go according to plan?” So true!
When asked what would be the biggest piece of advice Marano would give her character, the answer was simple: think things through!
“Girlfriend doesn’t think anything through. She says the first thing that comes to her head. She does not ever think of the negative repercussions of anything. It’s funny because I think that’s directly related to her two mothers. Regina is very independent and very much does what she wants no matter what anybody says. And Kathryn always looks on the positive side of things. Those two combinations create Bay, someone who does what she wants and never thinks anything negative is going to happen.”
Suffice to say, it’s going to be quite the season for Bay & Co. — and will include the return of a few other familiar favorites.
“We will be seeing a lot of the guest stars from last season in this season of ‘Switched at Birth’ as well as some new people too,” Marano confirms without giving away specific names. “I’m not sure that I can reveal too much about who’s coming on, but we love our guest stars!” As do we!
‘Switched at Birth’s summer premiere kicks off Monday, June 16 at 8/7c on ABC Family.