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This Hallmark Movie Is the First to Feature Two Lead Actors With Down Syndrome

How many teens or 20-somethings get to do something so consequential that it raises hopes, dreams, and possibilities for millions of people, while changing society as a whole? Two young, seasoned actors who happen to have Down syndrome are doing just that with their new Hallmark movie, “Color My World With Love.” This is the first Hallmark movie to feature actors with Down syndrome in lead roles.

Lily Moore, age 19, has been acting since 2014 amassing over 23 acting credits. She is best known for the Netflix series “Never Have I Ever” where she plays Rebecca. Lily started acting classes at age 6 because several medical conditions left her unable to participate in physical activities many children take for granted. To date, she has had 11 major surgeries. Lily took to acting right away, and it wasn’t long before it was obvious to her family and others that she was a very good actress. Lily is also an experienced model. She learned early to make the most of her talents and always has a positive and strong attitude. Lily’s mantra is “Everybody has an inner star. No matter what it is, find it and let it shine.” She is a senior in high school and lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

David DeSanctis, age 29, is best known for playing the role of Produce in “Where Hope Grows” in 2014. He was the first actor with Down syndrome to star in a nationally distributed film. David’s outgoing and witty personality was well known in his hometown of Louisville, KY. The producers of the film were searching for someone exactly like David, and were steered his way by David’s community. The rest is history. David is a national public speaker who has presented to audiences all over the country displaying his love of fun, dance, and witty sarcasm. He also uses his presentation skills to advocate for people with disabilities on a national level. David still lives in Louisville, KY.

David and Lily’s parents are extremely proud of their children and this movie. Their children have worked hard to get to where they are. They are so excited to see the barriers that will come down when those with disabilities see this movie — and what can be.

Lily Moore burst out in tears when she got this role as her dream of a leading role was coming true. In a statement after filming, she said, “Everyone has a dream to fall in love and get married one day, even people with disabilities. I hope viewers take away that ‘Color My World With Love’ is about painting your own story through your emotions and that we all have endless possibilities.”

David DeSanctis was grinning and jumping with joy when he got this part. After filming the movie he said, “I just had an awesome time making this movie. I became friends with a lot of very special people. I hope everyone who sees the movie will realize, with the backing of good, caring family figures, they can accomplish amazing things in life.”

“Endless possibilities” and “accomplish amazing things in life” are goals millions of people with disabilities can now see just a little bit clearer. They are also facts that our broader society will see on their TV screens, which in turn will organically break down centuries of stereotypes. Representation matters!

“Color My World With Love” premieres June 12, 2022 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.

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