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American Horror Story Actress Jamie Brewer on Texas and Philanthropy

Mimi Faucett Trahan | November 1, 2018 | Celebrity

Trailblazing actress Jamie Brewer inspires us on-screen, onstage and in her extraordinary philanthropic work.

Jamie Brewer has had a busy few years. “I’ve been hit by a car, chased by zombies and drowned in a bathtub by Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett,” says the American Horror Story actor—and former Texan—who has made a name for herself with both her impressive résumé and her tireless advocacy work for people with disabilities. She was drawn to the stage early in life, joining a theater group in junior high in Missouri City, where she cut her teeth as an actor. After graduating from high school, she got involved with The Arc—an organization that advocates for the human rights and self-determination of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities—and by the age of 18 was the youngest president of the organization’s Fort Bend chapter. “It was an honor to be an active part of changes that would help so many people,” says Brewer. These efforts continued when her family moved back to her native Southern California. It was there, through the affiliation of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, that she got an audition for—and landed—the role of Adelaide on the first season of American Horror Story. (She came back for seasons three, four and five.) In 2015, Brewer walked Carrie Hammer’s runway at New York Fashion Week, an opportunity she acquired through her work with Changing the Face of Beauty, an organization for which she is an ambassador. This spring, she played Amy in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show Amy and the Orphans—the first person with Down syndrome to star in such a role. “Amy and the Orphans allowed audiences to see a person with a disability playing the role of a real person with Down syndrome,” says Brewer, who is set to receive the Industry Excellence in Entertainment Award from The Arc for her performance later this month. “I’m proud that I am able to encourage others to use their voice and listen to their heart to follow their dream.”


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