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Deaf Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis: “I Am Disabled Because I Live and Work in a World That Disables Me”

“My reality isn’t always nice,” Rose Ayling-Ellis told the Edinburgh TV Festival in the annual Alternative MacTaggart keynote on Friday. The deaf English actress (EastEnders, Dancing With the Stars) offered her perspective on the stark realities of life as a deaf person working in television via a 30-minute address and an interview with journalist and producer Afua Hirsch. […]

A New Report From The Inevitable Foundation Demystifies the Costs of Hollywood Workplace Accommodations (Exclusive)

A new report from The Inevitable Foundation reveals the financial costs of disability-based accommodations for Hollywood productions alongside the personal toll workplace inaccessibility can have on talent with disabilities. The largest known compilation of qualitative and quantitative data about the state of accommodations in film and TV, the “‘Cost’ of Accommodations Report features line budget […]

Marvel’s ‘Eternals,’ ‘Hawkeye’ Earn Recognition for Disability Representation (Exclusive)

Marvel Studios has received another honor, thanks to two of its superheroes. Chloe Zhao’s Eternals and Disney+ series Hawkeye have each earned the Seal of Authentic Representation from the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The Seal recognizes movies and television shows that feature actors with […]

Ukrainian Model and Refugee Stars in Runway of Dreams Adaptive Fashion Show in L.A.

The Runway of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2014 by Mindy Scheier to empower people with disabilities through adaptive fashion, held its first West Coast runway show, titled “A Fashion Revolution,” on Tuesday evening at the Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles. A goal is to make adaptive fashion — designed to accommodate the needs […]

‘I Am Sam’ Turns 20: Director Recalls Studio Battles, ‘Tropic Thunder’ Jab and “Directors’ Jail”

For I Am Sam director Jessie Nelson, whose film this week celebrates the 20th anniversary of its December 2001 release, her project brings back an array of memories, mostly warm and affectionate but some difficult as well. She clearly has a continued fondness for the film, stemming from the love she feels for the disability […]

“Being Different Is Badass”: How to Bring More Authenticity and Dimensionality to Characters With Disabilities (Guest Column)

While filming a supporting role in Mila Kunis’ new film Luckiest Girl Alive, I spent several months getting to know the cast and crew, attending cast dinners and read-throughs and interacting with everyone on set. I shook everyone’s hand. We had great conversations about the characters, the plot and all of the possibilities surrounding our characters’ respective journeys. It was a wonderful experience. And, at no point did anyone ask me […]

‘Hollywood Remixed’: Marlee Matlin on ‘CODA’ and Authentic Deaf Portrayals

Welcome to season two of Hollywood Remixed, The Hollywood Reporter‘s podcast about inclusion and representation in entertainment. Each week, host Rebecca Sun (senior editor of diversity and inclusion) explores a type of identity or story that has traditionally been underrepresented or misrepresented in pop culture, revisiting groundbreaking classics and introducing hidden gems in order to […]

‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Recognized for Disability Representation (Exclusive)

A Quiet Place Part II and Godzilla vs. Kong are among the latest recipients of the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Seal of Authentic Representation, which recognizes movies and television shows that feature actors with disabilities. “It is gratifying to see the two highest-grossing movies of 2021 making authentic representation a priority in their casting,” Jay Ruderman, […]