There is already a lot of hype surrounding Marvel’s upcoming Eternals and while the superhero cast is full of superstars, newcomers Lauren Ridloff found time to shine as the franchise’s first deaf superhero.
Ridloff, who formerly played Connie in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” went to Tamron Hall to share what the role means to her and how her acting skills and fame have enabled her to serve as an advocate for the deaf community . Ridloff shared how she came from a family of creative artists and that influenced her to start writing and acting – and how she never let numbness stop her from achieving her dreams. She said, “It means so much to me to be able to break through barriers. And I want to tell you that I’m not the first deaf actor out there. I am beyond that. And I’m not the first to star in a movie, you know, I’m not, but it’s a really good time for deaf talent right now. And I think what it means to me to just be able to play a superhero means that we can finally show the world the idea of deaf win. I don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘Gosh, I’m deaf. What challenges do I face today? What do I have to overcome? ‘ Not me, that’s not how I go through life at all. To have the opportunity to play a very powerful woman who happens to be deaf and because of her deafness is able to do great things that other people cannot, I don’t know, it’s a blessing. ”
Ridloff, who recently appeared on the cover of Elle, also shared what’s next for her after the highly anticipated film, saying, “I’d love to be part of something that is really real-life focus . I mean what it’s like to be a normal deaf person. You know, going through life, not a story of overcoming challenges. I feel like that’s done. We are ready for more. And I want a story that tells the truth. And you know, and I still have this dream about writing. You know, I really want to see this, you know, maybe a book for young adults. And simply, you know, supporting children who have to explore different intersectionality of identities. “
Eternals’ release date was November 5th, making it one of the first major post-pandemic movies to make a major box office debut.