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Lifetime's 'Switched before Birth': 5 things you didn't know about Skyler Samuels

Lifetime's latest release sees a cast of famous names including Skyler Samuels, and Justina Machado in lead roles
UPDATED OCT 23, 2021
Skyler Samuels and Justina Machado in 'Switched before Birth' (Instagram)
Skyler Samuels and Justina Machado in 'Switched before Birth' (Instagram)

Lifetime's latest movie 'Switched before Birth' throws light on the lives of two women. One of them is Olivia Crawford, who struggles with several miscarriages and IVF treatments that have backfired. She is on the moon when she finally hears some good news about her pregnancy. During one of her appointments, she meets and instantly hits it off with Anna Ramirez (Justina Machado), who is facing similar problems. As Anna too becomes pregnant after constant struggles, she bonds with Olivia as the two celebrate their happy news. 

Having said that, what was supposed to be a new and lifelong friendship doesn't last long. When Olivia gives birth, they discover that the two babies are not twins - one of them is biologically Anna and Gabe's, implanted into Olivia by mistake. The two women cannot meet each other's eyes while Olivia aims to keep the baby she carried and birthed, Anna is willing to fight for a son that's her own. 


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Skyler Samuels as Olivia Crawford

Skyler Samuels players the role of Olivia Crawford in the movie. After several miscarriages and several failed IVF trials, stretching the couple to the limit financially, Olivia finally receives the joyous news that she’s pregnant with twins. The film walks us through her newfound friendship with Anna Ramirez, but with a shockingly surprising twist.

Here are some interesting facts about Skyler, that you may have not known:

Skyler caught people's attention when was only eight with her essaying the role of a junior correspondent on TV. This stint billowed into her becoming a Disney Channel regular on shows like 'Wizards of Waverly Place', 'The Suite Life' and 'That's So Raven'.

At 16, she scored the lead role in the ABC Family's 'The Nine Lives of Chloe King'. The talented American actress and model is also known for playing Esme, Sophie, and Phoebe Frost on FOX's 'The Gifted'. Other shows where you may have seen her are 'American Horror Story', 'Scream Queens' and as Andi Bates in the ABC supernatural drama 'The Gates'.

Skyler was born in Los Angeles, California in April of 1994. She is the daughter of Kathy and Scott Samuels, a producer for unscripted television series and a US marshal. She has three brothers, Cody, Harrison, and Jack, and one sister, Heather.

Skyler's role in the 'Scream Queens' meant that she had to take a quarter off from Stanford University, where she studied Marketing and Intellectual Property. She graduated from Stanford University in June 2016.

As of 2021, Skyler is not dating anyone. Skyler is 27 years old.

Skyler Samuels (IMDb)

Justina Machado as Anna Ramirez

While going through her latest round of IVF, Oliva meets and becomes fast friends with Anna Ramirez, played by Justina Machado, who is struggling to have a child of her own as well. When Anna becomes pregnant as well, the ladies celebrate and begin to prepare for their babies. Will the two become the best of friends or will the tables turn against their favor?

Justina Machado (IMDb)

Aside from the actors in the lead, the spotlight is also shared by Yancey Arias as Gabe Ramirez, Charles Green as ER Doctor, Michael Rose as Pete, Alex Sgambati as Lily, and Bo Yokely as Brian Crawford.

'Switched Before Birth' premieres on October 23, at 8 pm ET on Lifetime.