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GLEE star Lauren Potter Known as "Becky Jackson" Visits WFFT Local

Lauren Potter, better known as "Becky Jackson" from the hit show GLEE was in Fort Wayne and was the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual "Abilities Abound" Celebration.
"I think it's so important that they know they're just unique, beautiful in their own way, outside and inside out."
Lauren Potter, better known as "Becky Jackson" from the hit show GLEE was in Fort Wayne and was the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual "Abilities Abound" Celebration.

Lauren was born with Down Syndrome.  In addition to Abilities Abound, she is also involved with the national campaign to end the use of the "R" word.

WFFT's Tara Petitt sat down with the TV star and spoke with her about the campaign.

Lauren always dreamed of becoming an actress.  By the age of 16, her dream came true when she landed her first role in "Mr. Blue Sky".  Just 2 years later, she became a TV star on FOX's hit show GLEE.

"They treated me like a person, and I love it, really.  I was saying 'Lauren Potter, an actress'!"

It wasn't an easy road for Lauren.

"I have been bullied since I was 3 years old.  Pushed down, made to eat sand, called the "R" word.  It hurts when people say the "R" word to you.  It's not them to say that to another person who's like us and it's terrible."

Lauren didn't let any of that s top her from following her dreams.  It only encouraged her to share her testimony with others.

"I think it's so important that they know they're just unique, beautiful in their own way, outside and inside out."

In addition to Abilities Abound, she is also involved with the national campaign to end the use of the "R" word...retarded.

"Say enough is enough.  Different is different.  Different isn't bad."

Lauren plans to continue acting while she brings awareness of the accomplishments of people with disabilities.
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