At noon on Wednesday, March 23, in the Compton Union Building Junior Ballroom, actor RJ Mitte, well known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on “Breaking Bad,” will speak about his experience living with cerebral palsy and how it has affected his career.
Everyone on the Pullman campus is welcome to attend this programme at no cost. There will be no online streaming of the presentation.
What Condition Does Walter JR Have
The Access Center at WSU is sponsoring a presentation and meet-and-greet with the TV celebrity for students, teachers, and staff.
Director of campus environment and community building for the Office of Student Affairs Matthew Jeffries exclaimed, “I am really excited for this event.” This is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime experience that will stick with pupils long after they graduate.
At the age of three, Mitte was given the diagnosis of cerebral palsy; after the diagnosis, his legs were cast for six months to straighten his feet. He walked with the use of leg braces and crutches throughout his youth.
After relocating to the Los Angeles area in 2006, Mitte sought roles in films that would allow him to use his acting skills to raise awareness about his condition. He was cast in the lead role of “Breaking Bad” in 2008 and continued to feature in the show until its cancellation in 2013. In that same year, he also got a Media Access Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his contributions to an excellent ensemble in a drama series.
Mitte has been a leading voice for disabled performers and advocates for the inclusion of individuals with impairments in the entertainment industry.
In addition to “Breaking Bad,” Mitte has acted in the horror films “Stump” (2011) and “House of Last Things” (2012). In addition, he was the documentary “Vanished: The Tara Calico Storyexecutive “‘s producer.
Dismantle The Prejudices We’ve Built Up
Due to staffing issues and competing commitments, Jeffries explained, the annual Disability Awareness Symposium at the Access Center was postponed this year, and Mitte’s participation will serve in its stead.
He thinks the audience at Mitte’s talk will come to understand that everyone has unconscious prejudices that affect their judgement.
Having “these kinds of learning chances” is “essential to becoming aware of them and to being able to chip away at them,” he said. The more we know, the more likely it is that we will be able to identify our own ableist behaviours, at which point we can dismantle them and replace them with something more inclusive.
Mackinsey Mascali, a senior at WSU Pullman, is an intern at the Access Center, and she is looking forward to learning more about the media’s portrayal of people with disabilities.
“I think people will leave with a better awareness of how impairments are portrayed on film, whether accurately or inaccurately, and the effect it has on individuals with disabilities,” she added. What an amazing opportunity to learn from a renowned expert in the field!