Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte: End stigma around disability


Actor RJ Mitte rose to fame at the age of 14 when he was cast as Walter White Jr in cult series Breaking Bad.

He has cerebral palsy and was bullied when he was younger because of his disability. “I had my hand broken, my foot broken, I was slammed on the ground,” he says.

Now he says it is time to end the stigma surrounding disability.

Working with charity Scope he is travelling the country giving talks around the misconceptions around disability.

One recent talk was at the Oxford Union – at 22 he is one of the youngest people to have had that honour – where he said that acting in Hollywood is extremely difficult if you’re disabled.
“This industry is very negative and harsh to people with disabilities,” he says, “because of the idea of perfection… which technically doesn’t exist.”

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