Sarah Ford | September 16, 2014

RJ Mitte Explains How Having Cerebral Palsy Taught Him To Pity Bullies

By Kira Brekke

When RJ Mitte first moved to Los Angeles to begin his acting career at 13, he let his cerebral palsy speak for itself, only providing details to those that asked. But when he was cast in “Breaking Bad” as Walter Jr., who also has CP, Mitte was able to embrace his disability on a much larger scale.

Before his days consisted of auditions, badass photo shoots and award shows, Mitte lived a life of physical and emotional pain with countless surgeries, braces and bullies.

“I had kids that would push me and shove me. I had my hand broken,” Mitte said.

However, with the help and support from his family, he was able to find sympathy for those who teased him.

“Dealing with bullies and dealing with it growing up, it was interesting, but it taught me to show — I hate to use the word — but to show pity to bullies,” Mitte said. “At the end of the day, whatever they’re going through in life … I feel bad for them because they’ll never grow. People like that never learn.”

While Hollywood has certainly given more exposure to people over the years with different skin colors and sexual orientations (for better or for worse), the same coverage hasn’t been extended to those with disabilities. Mitte speculated that he is just one of a handful of actors with a disability who works in the industry, which serves as motivation for him to inform. He explained:

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