There was a great line in an old episode of Friends in which Rachel told Ross she never looked at him “that way” meaning romantically before, and he responded with, ‘Well, start looking.’ From that moment on, they were no longer a Will They/Won’t They couple but an Off and On again couple. Switched at Birth already has one Will They/Won’t They with Bay (Vanessa Marano) still not yet ready to forgive Emmett (Sean Berdy), but they are dancing around Daphne (Katie Leclerc) and Travis (Ryan Lane), too. Daphne and Travis have been friends for a long time, so we sat down with the actors on the Switched at Birth set to find out what it would take for Daphne to start seeing Travis “that way.”
“Daphne kind of lost herself in the Chef guy, and she kind of became a puppy dog and followed him around, and how could you not with the adorable Justin Bruening face? I mean, come on! But she starts this season definitely sort of lost, and she needs to find her footing, and she makes closer friends with Travis. They have a great friendship, and he’s a great ally to her, but she has to figure out what she wants,” Leclerc said.
“They get closer, and they blow up at each other, as well, and it’s a great friendship that I think will be long lasting. She’s never thought of him that way, and I think it’s going to take someone else pointing it out—saying ‘Hey, why have you never thought of him that way?’”
Lane had his own ideas for what Travis could—or should—do, though, to be the person that snaps Daphne into awareness:
“Honestly, Daphne doesn’t think that much about him, but he likes her a lot, and if I were Travis, I’d try to figure out how to get her attention. I’d strip down naked or something; whatever would work! Just to make out with her! And she would realize ‘See this guy is here for me.’ Something like that,” he said.
Leclerc couldn’t help but agree after hearing Lane’s pitch: “The big joke on our set is that he’s the deaf Matt Damon, and a little skin never hurt nobody!” She laughed.
But whether or not we could expect to actually see that in season two? Lane could only say he hoped so. You’ll just have to tune in to find out for sure!
Switched at Birth airs on ABC Family on Monday nights at 8 p.m.
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