To R.J. Mitte, for Supporting Hiring People With Disabilities in Hollywood
Dear R.J. Mitte,
I don’t know if you will ever read this, but I wanted to say thank you for speaking up and pushing for more people with disabilities in the entertainment industry.
In your interview with the Irish Examiner, you said something that meant a lot to me. “If we can make this happen, we will in turn help change attitudes toward disability across the world.”
I was diagnosed with autism at 4, and because the entertainment industry took a chance on me, I’ve been able to consult on several films to bring a realistic portrayal of autism to film. You have inspired me as someone who advocates for not only more films focused on disabilities, but also hiring people with disabilities to fill those roles.
I was a fan of yours for your role as Walter White Jr. on “Breaking Bad” (one of my favorite television shows of all time) but you’ve become a role model to me for your advocacy. We need more people like you to help the world become a more inclusive place for all. If I can ever be of help, you will always have me in your corner to help spread your message to the masses.
Like you said, although your disability helped you get the part of Walter White Jr., your acting ability landed you the role. I have several mentees on the spectrum right now whom I hope will one day pursue a career in acting. Let’s give capable actors such as yourself a chance to shine in this industry and have their voices heard.
A version of this article originally appeared on Kerrymagro.com.