Lea Thompson appreciates varied fan base 'Switched at Birth' brings

“Switched at Birth” star Lea Thompson discusses her role as mom Kathryn Kennish and the extended fan base she's acquired on the ABC Family drama.
BY MELISSA HAYER mhayer@opubco.com Published: September 10, 2012
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Thompson has firsthand experience with this topic, having raised two teenage daughters herself.

“I've just lived through those years, and I know how they need good role models and ways of speaking about issues with their moms. And, sometimes when you see it on TV, it's a great way to talk about things.”

Thompson and the rest of the “Switched at Birth” cast aren't given information on what's going to happen on the show ahead of time, which is also helpful in relating to the fans.

“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' ... 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,” Thompson said.

In the show, while the focus of Thompson's character has always been her family, a memoir she recently wrote has brought new opportunities to her, creating transition in her life and marriage.

“I think it's one of those things where you've been married for a long time and then all of a sudden the person that you thought you knew everything about changes and your perspective on them changes,” Thompson said.

“Kathryn is just coming into her own. She's getting a voice of her own.”