RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr in the critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad, has been speaking to BBC Ouch about ending the stigma surrounding disability.
RJ recently took time out to share his story with a group of young disabled people – including some aspiring actors and actresses – at a Scope project, which aims to give people the confidence to break into the workplace. The session was hosted by Channel 4 disability lead Alison Walsh. Below are some highlights from the event:
Starting on Breaking Bad
Playing a range of disabilities in his career
What drove him to want to succeed
People thinking he got his job because of being disabled
This is an issue that is hugely important to Scope. Speaking as C4 launched a new diversity strategy, Scope’s chief executive Richard Hawkes, summed it up:
“Attitudes to disability must improve. Often it’s simply down to people not knowing a disabled person and not understanding what it’s like to be disabled. That’s why representation on TV is so important.
“Channel 4 have led the way in getting more disabled people on and off screen. But we have some way to go until disability really breaks through into the mainstream. We need the creative industries to give disabled talent the opportunity to show what they can do.”
Scope research shows:
- Nearly half of the British public (43%) do not personally know anyone who is disabled.
- Two-thirds (66%) said that they would worry about speaking about disability in front of a disabled person, with many worrying they would say something inappropriate or use an offensive term by mistake.
- 9 in 10 disabled people believe that more disabled people in the media would improve attitudes to disability – highlighting the importance of increased exposure of disabled people in the creative industries.