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How my diversity interests paved the way for RJ Mitte

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

The question of more diversity is not new to Hollywood. In fact, every decade or so, the matter returns to tinsel town as a matter of contention. As a need for more changes that reflect the more inclusive world we all live in. After reading an article in the LA Times, greater inclusion became a cornerstone of my work in the 1990s. Something struck a chord with me, and I started getting more involved in what diversity meant. I volunteered for the screen actors guild to educate myself. I opened a management company that included a diverse roster. I trained actors of different races, skill levels, genders, abilities, and disabilities. When RJ Mitte came to my studio at age 13, I knew the kinds of diversity that my company would promote. And because RJ had cerebral palsy, I got to delve into an entirely new level of inclusion that literally took me and RJ around the world. Breaking Bad is a phenomenal series, and it was a great joy to be a part of its history. The AMC series starred Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Betsy Brandt, and Dean Norris.

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