Actor from 'Breaking Bad' to speak at Illini Union
URBANA — Actor RJ Mitte, who starred on AMC's "Breaking Bad" as Walter White Jr., will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Illini Union I-Rooms in the west wing of the building, 1401 W. Green St.
Like his character on the Emmy Award-winning show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, albeit a milder form.
Mitte has a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth" as a pre-med student who was paralyzed in an accident.
Illini Union Board program adviser Jared Eakins said Mitte's speech will focus on his physical disability and how he has excelled in his career, not despite of it but because of it.
"The relevancy of his speech will reach students from all backgrounds, and we believe they will benefit from his message as they find parallels with their own experiences," Eakin said in a release.
Mitte is the youth spokesman for the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour. He is also a representative for I AM PWD: Inclusion in the Arts and Media of People with Disabilities, a tri-union campaign comprised of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors' Equity members.
Recently, he has gotten involved in the cause of bullying prevention. He began to speak out about this topic when teen suicide became a constant headline in 2010. He now works on the national campaign with PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention.
Mitte will be available during a 30-minute question-and-answer session beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Pine Lounge in the northwest wing of the Illini Union.