Meet the Actress With Down Syndrome Who Dominated Hollywood and Broke Barriers in “American Horror Story”
Jamie Brewer, 38, succeeded in making history that some people never thought possible — she was the first person with Down syndrome to help lead a theatrical show on Broadway. But this isn’t all she’s doing. Brewer is here to prove that no physical condition can stand between you and your dreams. And just because of that, we are here to let our beloved readers hear her story.
Breaking stereotypes has become nothing but a hobby for Jamie Brewer.
Jamie Brewer, 38, walked the runway in the Role Models Not Runway Models show, which featured women who are breaking boundaries in their respective industries. Brewer, who has been a vocal advocate for people with disabilities, wants to break down the barriers for people like her. And as far as we can see, she is doing it with all the enthusiasm in the world.
Brewer is not afraid of being seen as a role model. “Young girls and even young women...[see me] and say, ’Hey, if she can do it, so can I.’ It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are,” she said.
“Put your whole heart and soul into it, and then whatever you do, it will shine through,” Brewer explained.
Brewer has been a part of the American Horror Story franchise since its first season. She has appeared in several episodes and her inclusion on the show has helped bring visibility to people with disabilities in the entertainment industry and has been widely praised by the Down syndrome community.
She is proud to be called a “pioneer.”
Despite the many things Brewer has accomplished in Hollywood, she is most pleased about being a “pioneer” for actors with Down syndrome. Her work has helped to raise awareness of the abilities of actors with Down syndrome and has inspired others to pursue careers in the entertainment industry. Through her performances, Brewer has demonstrated that actors with Down syndrome have a lot to offer and can bring unique perspectives to stories that are told on TV and in film.
“A lot of people often say about me, I’m a pioneer,” the 38-year-old star exclusively revealed in an interview, adding that it’s “a joy” to help pave the way for others.
“Being one of the pioneers...[I’m] showing the life of an individual with Down syndrome — and showing every aspect of [how that fits in] the entertainment industry,” explained the actress. Brewer worked on numerous seasons of Ryan Murphy’s aforementioned FX horror anthology alongside A-list actors, like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Neil Patrick Harris after landing her very first TV audition for the show more than 10 years ago.
And now she encourages everyone to embrace themselves the way they are.
Brewer’s fans on social media express their appreciation for her because her narrative encourages others to follow their dreams. “And showing who we are, speaking out and using our own voice and showing our hearts because the biggest thing that matters is the heart. Speaking from the heart. And through there, the biggest thing is inclusion. We’re the same as everybody else,” said Brewer.