Since October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to celebrate our faves!
Sure, it’s National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, but we want to see more differently-abled actors represented in the media all 12 months of the year.
See 5 of our favorite performers with DS who are seriously slaying the stage and screen!
1. With her scene-stealing role in “Glee,” Lauren Potter soared to superstardom:
Most recently, she guest starred on “Veep,” and when she’s not on set, Lauren volunteers with organizations like AbilityPath, Best Buddies International, and the Special Olympics.
2. For five years, Luke Zimmerman played Tom on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
In 2017, Luke will make his big screen debut in “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets.”
3. Edward Barbanell has starred in movies like “The Ringer” and “Dumb and Dumber 2,” and appeared on the hit TV shows “Workaholics” and “Ridiculousness.”
He says, “I was diagnosed with Down syndrome but it is just a meaningless word that does not stop me from pursuing my dreams, hopes and talents and abilities.”
4. In just two years, Sarah Grace’s YouTube channel has racked up over 33 million views! “I can do baseball or ballet, and I like to dance,” she told GMA. “I do hip-hop, and I play soccer, and I do batting, and I always play goalie.”
Sarah Grace’s starring role in her big bro, Matty B’s, cover of “True Colors,” sends such an important message – and it made international news headlines! Take a look:
5. Last but most definitely not least? Jamie Brewer, who stole the show during her three seasons on “American Horror Story” and also guest starred on “Switched At Birth.”
Jamie is an advocate for differently-abled people and made history when she became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week! Next up, she’ll show off her dancing skills as the star of “Kill Off.” GO JAMIE!
In our exclusive interview, watch Jamie speak out about the importance of diversity in Hollywood: