We Love This Glee Star’s Advice for Fans With Disabilities
Lauren Potter is an actor with Down syndrome best known for her role on Fox’s popular television show, “Glee.” On the show, Potter played Becky Jackson, a member of the school’s elitist cheerleading squad and henchman to its head coach, Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch).
Last night, “Glee” received recognition at the National Down Syndrome Association Masquerade Ball for its inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Mighty had the chance to catch up with Potter at the event. The 24-year-old actress was there to accept on behalf of the show.
“I love playing Becky,” Potter told The Mighty. “I love her spunky little attitude.”
Since her rise to fame, Potter has become an advocate for people with disabilities. In 2011 she was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and she also works with the National Down Syndrome Association, the American Association of People with Disabilities and serves as a board member of Best Buddies International.
When asked what advice she had to offer other people in the disabilities community who want to pursue a career in acting, Potter had this to say:
“Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. Dreams are dreams, and it’s normal for all of us.”