Known for his role as Walter White, Jr. on the it series “Breaking Bad”, 20-year-old actor RJ Mitte spoke at the University of Arizona on April 9, about learning to overcome obstacles and taking on challenges.
Mitte never intended on becoming an actor and never imagined that he would be where he is today. In 2006, he moved to Hollywood for the sole reason of supporting his sister who was moving into a new line of commercial and print work. Since his sister was an actress, Mitte was often around the studio and ended up training with Addison K. Witt, a talent manager from Los Angeles. Not long after, Witt encouraged Mitte to audition for different commercial and television roles.
It wasn’t until 2008 that Mitte made his most prominent appearance on the “Breaking Bad” series where he plays the role of Walter White, Jr. who is a boy with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Unknown to most who watch the show, Mitte was born with the disease, but has a milder case of CP than shown in his character.
With the desire to inspire others to pursue their dreams and let nothing hold them back, Mitte has taken multiple opportunities to speak out about his disabilities.
“I like to challenge and inspire people when I come to talk,” Mitte said. “I do a lot of work with disabilities and communities. It’s really important that as we grow up and get older and as we do what we do, we try to build our community.”
Mitte said the journey of having CP and being bullied at a young age has made him a stronger person and that although it’s been hard, he doesn’t regret the life he has lived.
“I’ve always been lucky enough to be able to have the challenges that I have,” said Mitte. “Everyone has a disability that you have to overcome. If you didn’t have it then you wouldn’t be who you are today. When you want to give up, you just have to keep moving forward.”
After he was done talking, Mitte answered some questions from the audience and then took pictures with students who attended. The final season of “Breaking Bad”, which is the second half of the fifth season, will be on AMC this summer.