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‘Give us a chance’: American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer on tackling Hollywood with a disability

June 01, 2016

If you’re a fan of the American Horror Story anthology, you’ll be more than familiar with Jamie Brewer. The 31-year-old actress has played three separate roles over the course of the Emmy-winning series’ life. In the first season, she was Addie, the daughter of Jessica Lange’s Constance Langdon. In the third season, she played Nan, a clairvoyant witch. And most recently, she voiced Marjorie, a ventriloquist’s (played by Neil Patrick Harris) demonic doll.

As an actor with Down Syndrome, she’s a shining example for what can be achieved when filmmakers commit to authentic casting and recognise the value of actors who may not fit the typical able-bodied mould.

Brewer is in Australia this month to shoot a short film with Bus Stop Films, a Sydney-based non-profit dedicated to facilitating a film school experience for students with disability. We had a chat to her about following her dreams and making her mark in tinsel town, on the catwalk, and even in politics.

 

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