Little Voice arrived on Apple TV + on Friday. It features an autistic character Louie King, who was played by an actor who is on the autism spectrum, Kevin Valdez. The actor joined the show’s co-creator Jessie Nelson to explain why it was so important.
“He’s really like me,” says Valdez. “It’s almost as if this role was done with me in mind” … Apple’s service shows, you see, that has a wide range of blind and partially sighted players. “I was so pleased with the distance that Apple was so supportive of finding an autistic actor to play this role,” said Nelson. “It’s a very different moment in history.” Increasingly, autistic actors are playing characters on the autism spectrum. And these characters go beyond the learned male autistic stereotype, says Arianna Esposito, director of lifespan services at Autism Speaks. Having an autistic person playing a role like Louie “really brings authenticity to the character,” says Esposito.