ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” is back with all new episodes this summer, beginning Monday, June 16th. In the summer premiere, Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) find their lives more turned upside down than ever before as they work to save Regina (Constance Marie) from those who oppose the East Riverside Project. Emmett (Sean Berdy) is still reeling from being “cat fished” and after reuniting with Emmett, Bay finds herself in an awkward situation when she’s sees Tank (Max Adler).
Gilles Marini’s character Angelo, who is one of the dads in Bay’s and Daphne’s life, is in for a drama-filled season as well on the hit show. As the season opens, it focuses on Angelo’s relationship with Daphne, which has been strained at times.
Classic TV Examiner caught up with Marini to get his thoughts on the new season and to find out what’s ahead for Angelo.
Check out the interview below:
Phyllis: “Switched at Birth” is coming back for season three. What is Angelo up to this season?
Gilles Marini: I’m doing something enormous this season that will change quite a bit of things.
Phyllis: What about Angelo’s relationships with all the ladies on the show? Last season he and Daphne were not seeing eye-to-eye.
Gilles Marini: Yeah, he going to be spending a lot of time concentrating on working out things with Daphne. I thought it would be an absolute important thing to do, and then a massive shocking event happens in season three that I really want everybody to watch. Angelo is really starting to learn all about sign language and really love that about the character this season.
Phyllis: This show is so important and so many people watch it. How do you feel about being a part of something that represents the deaf community so well?
Gilles Marini: It’s important because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from or whatnot, you’re going to encounter people that you are either going to help…I’m involved in amfAR and in the deaf community more than ever. I never really was with that community much before the show and they are extraordinary. I’ve been blessed to be a part of something…this show, and a part of those associations and charities because it makes me feel complete and alive and I’m proud of what I do. And playing Angelo is fantastic for me. I’m loving it.
Phyllis: So the season begin in June. What have you been doing with your time off?
Gilles Marini: (Laughs) I have no time off.
Phyllis: If you had some time off, what would be the first thing you’d do?
Gilles Marini: I would take a flight to Bora Bora and live that forever. No actually, when I have time off I go to my cabin home in a secluded part of Idyllwild. I feel so alive there.
Phyllis: What would you say is the most important thing to do keep a strong relationship with your wife and did you have any concerns about that?
Gilles Marini: We all make mistakes, probably the man most often. The most important thing in your life is to be happy, to be patient and to learn to love life and do everything you can while we are together. Being the wife of an actor, I often wondered how she would handle the aspects of the job. Traveling everywhere, me going from project to project, so I guess that was [my only concern].
Phyllis: You seem to have such a great relationship with your son and daughter…
Gilles Marini: My kids…
Phyllis: As an actor, how challenging is it to raise a kid in Hollywood?
Gilles Marini: Actually, I will have no challenges with my son; I’ll have all the challenges with my daughter. My daughter is going to kill me. My son is so simple and sweet and beautiful and kind. He’s what his mom is about. On the other hand, my daughter is like me so I’m in trouble.
Catch “Switched at Birth” this Monday, June 16th at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC Family.