Actress With Autism To Debut In New TV Comedy
Autism is set to be front and center on a new television series starring a woman who’s on the spectrum.
The cable network Freeform, which caters to teens and young adults, will introduce the show “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” this month.
The half-hour comedy is about a 20-something who steps in to take care of his two teenage half sisters when their father dies of cancer.
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Matilda, one of the half sisters, is a high school senior with autism. The character is played by actress Kayla Cromer who disclosed last spring that she has the developmental disorder herself.
Cromer has spoken up about the need for people with disabilities and other differences to represent those like themselves on screen.
“So many characters on television today, they’re portrayed by people that do not have a difference. And, honestly, people with a difference, we’re fully capable of portraying our own type and we deserve that right,” she said while speaking on a panel at the Freeform Summit last March. “With so many changes in the industry right now, why not now? Just give us our chance. Include us. We can do this.”
Freeform said the show will tackle “navigating autism, budding sexuality, consent, parenthood, adolescence, family and grief” while following a family discovering the “importance of finding happiness in the middle of really difficult moments.”
“Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” will premiere Jan. 16 with two episodes starting at 8:30 p.m. ET on Freeform.