On September 10th, nearly 600 students packed Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center for a night with RJ Mitte, one of the stars of AMC’s Breaking Bad.
Though many flocked to the event in hopes of hearing some spoilers, the event, co-sponsored by RUPA and the Office of Disability Services, addressed topics affecting anyone, not just a fan of the show.
The actor, whom has lived with a mild form of cerebral palsy all his life, discussed overcoming adversity and living beyond your own preconceived potential.
Speaking as someone with a disability, Mitte reflected on his journey to where he is today, urging the crowd to believe that whatever adversity they may face could just be the stepping-stone to something greater than they could have imagined.
This notion of encouragement was shared with the executive director of the Office of Disability Services, Bill Welsh. “I hope the guests are able to leave seeing that people with disabilities are just like anybody else, capable of doing anything possible,” Welsh said. Welsh hoped to get exposure for The Office of Disability Services and expand awareness.
Mitte spoke of his real life experiences with physical therapy, use of crutches and bullying as his inspiration for Walter White Jr., a character modeled after a friend of the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan.
The actor also addressed his hopes to serve as an inspiration and it was easy to see this hope coming to fruition while watching the packed crowd, intently listening to his story.
Written by Delia May
Photos by Emily Dalton
Video by Eric Francisco