Actress Lauren Ridloff has been in the news recently for being involved in Marvel’s upcoming film ‘Eternal’. What is her background, and what have been some of her most prominent roles?
Lauren Ridloff is Marvel’s first deaf superhero
Significantly, Lauren Ridloff has been deaf since birth. And Makkari, the character she plays in Eternal, is also deaf. Ridloff told a story the new York Times About an experience on a film set that involved a lot of loud noises. Everyone else was supposed to wear earplugs, but he didn’t.
“I really felt like a superhero at the time,” Ridloff said. “Everyone else was like ‘Wow, that was loud!’”
Of course, in the comics, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) experiences deafness at various points as well. And there has been speculation that he may exhibit some degree of hearing loss in the future. Hawkeye Series for Disney+. But it’s likely that Makri will be Marvel’s first deaf hero. Interestingly, in the comics, Makkari is a person who is not deaf.
This isn’t the first time she’s played a deaf character
Interestingly for fans, Lauren Ridloff is also known for her role as Connie the walking dead. In addition to being deaf, Connie is a courageous character who is adept at reading other people and situations.
After being rescued, he and his group are brought to the Alexandria Safe Zone and eventually settle in the hilltop. In recent seasons, she has become a key player of the series. Connie is also a notable character in comic books.
Additionally, in 2017 he had a role Sign Jean: The First Deaf Superhero. The film is about the world’s first deaf superhero who uses his powers through sign language.
Lauren Ridloff on Theater Accessibility
In the same interview with The New York Times, Ridloff talked about accessibility for people who are deaf to movie theaters.
“We in theaters are an afterthought, and that needs to change. You have to use a special closed-captioning device to watch subtitling in theaters, and it’s a headache because most of the time the devices don’t work,” she explained. Ridloff detailed the frustration felt by many deaf viewers when such equipment did not function properly.
Ridloff also spoke about the pressure of being seen as someone paving the way for deaf actors.
“I’m not going to lie, I feel pressure and stress sometimes, and that can be a burden. I have to remember that it’s not my job to inspire others or be a model – but I have those. There is the ability to make connections,” she said.
Eternal To be released on November 5.
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