Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Disability Scoop: Down Syndrome Takes Center Stage on Glee

Excerpt from Disability Scoop.com: An interview with Lauren Potter

By Michelle Diament
APRIL 12, 2010

The hit show “Glee” returns Tuesday for a nine-episode run on Fox this spring and so too does the show’s inclusion of characters with disabilities.

Last fall, actress Lauren Potter, 19, who has Down syndrome, debuted on the show as Becky Jackson, the school’s newest cheerleader, or Cheerio. Now, Potter is back for two more episodes — “The Power of Madonna,” airing April 20, and “Home,” airing April 27.

The experience mirrors real life for Potter in many ways. The bubbly teen tried out to be a cheerleader at her Riverside, Calif. high school, but didn’t make the squad. Then, after graduating last year, Potter beat out 13 other girls for the role on Glee. Nowadays, Potter splits her time between acting and attending a life skills program.

In a candid conversation with Disability Scoop, Potter (pictured at left with castmate Jane Lynch) chats about life on set and what’s next for Becky.

To read the interview, please click the following link: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2010/04/12/lauren-potter-glee/7618/

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