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Sasha Pieterse, Vanessa Marano & More Share Favorite Books For Disney's 'Magic of Storytelling' Initiative

Sasha Pieterse, Vanessa Marano & More Share Favorite Books For Disney's 'Magic of Storytelling' Initiative

Sasha Pieterse, Vanessa Marano and all our fave Freeform stars teamed up for the best thing ever – BOOKS!

Katie Leclerc, Cierra Ramirez, Shay Mitchell, Emeraude Toubia, Katherine McNamara and Sherri Saum, plus Vanessa and Sasha picked up their fave books to pose for “Shelfies” to support the Magic of Storytelling campaign.

It aims to inspire families’ imaginations, cultivate a lifelong love of reading in kids, and bring books to underserved communities across the country.

Sasha showed off her fave, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems, because she thinks “it’s really funny and cute for kids. It’s the type of book I loved to read when I was little.” So cute!

Shadowhunters star Emeraude picked “Mango, Abuela, and Me” by Meg Medina, because it reminds her of her grandmother. It’s a book she would want to read to her kids in the future.

TELL JJJ: What’s your favorite book of all time?

Psst, if you didn’t know, Disney and ABC have teamed up again with First Book, and are aiming to donate over one million books this year to the nonprofit, which provides new books to educators and organizations serving children from low-income families by the end of March!


Disney Magic Of Storytelling – Freeform Stars Guess Their Fave Books
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'Switched At Birth' Recap: What Will Daphne Do Now After Campus Racism in Last Night's Episode?

'Switched At Birth' Recap: What Will Daphne Do Now After Campus Racism in Last Night's Episode?

Switched at Birth just got so real on last night’s episode.

During the show, Daphne (Katie Leclerc) and Mingo (Adam Hagenbuch) were accused of racism after attending a costume party where Mingo dressed up as Lil Wayne.

While Mingo and Daphne tried to figure out why dressing up like their favorite musician was racist and he can’t figure out why no one at the party had a problem with them but now it is a huge deal, most of their friends, including Iris (who pointed it out), aren’t taking to them.

“On the one hand she’s deaf. She’s Puerto Rican, or she thinks of herself as Puerto Rican even though her skin is white, but who has a bit of a blind spot or a different perspective on race,” creator Lizzy Weiss opens up about the storyline.

“To really throw her into that so that she starts off confused by why something that happens is causing such a stir with her black friends. Then to really take her through a journey, but eventually we shift and we put our black characters at the forefront of the story.”

So, what’s ahead for the show and Daphne? “[She] really struggles to figure out both what she did wrong and truly understand that and then try to mend it.”

Lizzy adds, “As we shift and slowly start moving towards the perspective of our black characters, Iris in Episode 2 really grows in importance. We get to hear her voice and really hear from our black characters [about] what it feels like to walk around a campus in black skin. What are things that white students and white viewers don’t realize? Let’s really ask them.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the episode last night?

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Vanessa Marano & Katie Leclerc Took Squirrels From the 'Switched at Birth' Set!

Vanessa Marano & Katie Leclerc Took Squirrels From the 'Switched at Birth' Set!

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Switched at Birth, you know that Kathryn Kennish’s (Lea Thompson) home is covered in squirrels — and that’s just what stars Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc swiped from the set after wrapping the series.

“I definitely have one of Kathryn’s squirrels at home,” Katie was quick to admit in a recent interview.

Vanessa adds, “I know Lea stole a squirrel. Katie stole a squirrel. I also have a squirrel. So, apparently, we just all steal squirrels.”

While watching the final season, be on the lookout for all the squirrels — Kathryn’s apron even has a squirrel on it!

Vanessa also admitted that she really wanted to take something else: “There’s a dresser that I want. I don’t know how I’m going to get it into my car. I might have to pay for it. I’m not sure how I can steal it.”

Lea, along with SAB creator Lizzy Weiss, and co-stars D.W. Moffett and Sharon Pierre-Louis, and Beyond cast Burkely Duffield, Eden Brolin, Jonathan Whitesell, and Romy Rosemont are also pictured below at the aTVfest 2017 presented by SCAD in Atlanta, Ga.

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VIDEO: Catch Up With 'Switched At Birth' in New Video Recap!

VIDEO: Catch Up With 'Switched At Birth' in New Video Recap!

Do you remember everything that happened last season on Switched At Birth?

We know we don’t — and that’s majorly because of the year long break in between the seasons. Who else had a year long break?

Thankfully, Freeform debuted a new recap of the show, catching us all up on what happened and what’s going to come on the hit show.

“I have a lot of respect for the creators to be able to take the risk to go there,” star Katie Leclerc shared in her interview with NKD mag about taking on a deaf show.

She adds of playing Daphne, “My favorite thing about Daphne is that she is just a high school girl. The deafness is secondary to everything else and I think fans responded to that.”

Switched At Birth premieres TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on Freeform.


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'Switched At Birth's Vanessa Marano Recalls Her First Impression of 'Swister' Katie Leclerc

'Switched At Birth's Vanessa Marano Recalls Her First Impression of 'Swister' Katie Leclerc

If you’ve been following Switched at Birth and its’ cast since the start, then you know that stars Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc are insanely close.

So close, that in event of a zombie apocalypse, Vanessa would be with Katie over everyone else: “I know the one who’s going to survive is Katie. Katie is very prepared for a zombie apocalypse.”

JJJ spoke with Vanessa about bonding with the cast during the first season of the hit Freeform show, and she did us a solid, remembering her first impression of just about everyone!

“We all get along really well. I have a very specific memory of us shooting in the Kennish house and it wasn’t a set yet,” Vanessa recalls. “It was a real house we were shooting in we had to be upstairs in the attic, which was our ‘holding area’.”

“The first thing [I remember] was Katie teaching us all a dirty sign. That was our first bonding experience (laughs).”

She continues, “I remember Constance [Marie], D.W. [Moffett] and Lea [Thompson] all trading stories about Jimmy Burrows, the director because they had all worked with him before that. We all just got along so well.”

Want more? Click inside to read more of Vanessa’s first impressions of the cast… More Here! »

VIDEO: Vanessa Marano & Katie Leclerc Thank The Fans In 'Switched at Birth's New Season Promo

VIDEO: Vanessa Marano & Katie Leclerc Thank The Fans In 'Switched at Birth's New Season Promo

The new promo for Switched at Birth‘s final season is here!

The brand-new visual doesn’t have any new scenes to reveal, but it’s still giving us all the feels because of Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano‘s sisterhood.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics from Switched At Birth

Lucas Grabeel, Marlee Matlin, D.W. Moffatt, Constance Marie and Lea Thompson also appear in the vid, thanking fans for giving them five seasons full of drama and family.

Switched At Birth premieres on Tuesday, January 31st on Freeform.


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Maia Mitchell Looked Like A Million Bucks at 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Premiere

Maia Mitchell Looked Like A Million Bucks at 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Premiere

We just can’t take our eyes off of Maia Mitchell at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere in Hollywood!

The Fosters actress wore her hair back and donned a silky wrap dress that seems so effortless, and looks majorly hot!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Maia Mitchell

Maia joined her fellow Freeform stars Emily Osment, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Katie Leclerc and Harry Shum, Jr. at the event.

Famous in Love actress Georgie Flores, Hairspray Live‘s Garrett Clayton and singer Jorge Blanco were also at the premiere.

See even more pics of Maia, Emily, Katie and others inside!

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Switched At Birth's Katie Leclerc To Star in go90 series 'Confess'

Switched At Birth's Katie Leclerc To Star in go90 series 'Confess'

Katie Leclerc has a brand new job!

The Switched at Birth star will be starring with Eye Candy alum Ryan Cooper in Confess, based on Colleen Hoover‘s novel of the same name.

Here’s what we know about the role: Katie will play Auburn Reed, a single mom who is determined to put her challenging past behind her and get her future on track. She’s also in the middle of a nasty custody battle for her son, too.

However, she stumbles upon Owen Gentry’s (Cooper) art studio, and a new romance is born!

Sherilyn Fenn, Amy Pham, Brittany Furlan, Lukas Gage and Rocky Myers will also star.

Awestruck’s Confess is set to premiere in early 2017 on go90.

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