Kayla Cromer


” I won’t say the word, but I have been called the word R-E-T-A-R-D. And I remember looking around during tests and always being the last to finish. I wanted so badly to fit into social circles, but parties and friends were few. I loved taking things apart and studying how they worked. When I saw Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, I became hooked on acting. They’re both dyslexic and created amazing careers, not letting their disabilities stop them. That was the first exposure I had to someone with a disability in the film industry, and it just wowed me. It brings me joy to entertain people. Autism doesn’t define me. Everyone has their little quirks. I’m just human. And I’m so excited for what my future has to hold.” People Magazine

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