RJ Mitte from 'Breaking Bad' Wants to See More People With Disabilities in Hollywood
RJ Mitte, aka Walter White Jr. on Breaking Bad, is calling for greater media representation of people who are living with disabilities.
According to the Irish Examiner, research from 2014 discovered that only 2.5 percent of people in major roles in popular media had a disability.
The 24-year-old actor, who has mild cerebral palsy, will be covering the 2016 Paralympic Games for U.K.’s Channel 4 starting on September 7 in Rio.
“I’m really looking forward to co-presenting the Paralympics and I truly hope Rio 2016 will open up further opportunities for other disabled actors in TV,” RJ shared during the Edinburgh TV Festival.
“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without my disability,” RJ continued. “I utilized everything I know about living with cerebral palsy for my role in Breaking Bad. It was my acting ability that landed me the role, although my disability helped get me the part of Walt Junior – like everyone else, I went through a grueling audition process.”
“If we can make this happen,” RJ added. “We will in turn help change attitudes towards disability across the world.”