Is the actor who plays Jack Damon visually impaired in real life?
It’s us reintroduced viewers to the character of Jack Damon, played by Blake Stadnik, during “Four Fathers”, the third episode of the show’s final season. Going forward, Toby and Kate’s son seems to have achieved extraordinary professional success as a musician. He is also married to Lucy (Auden Thornton). In the series, the character is visually impaired. Is Stadnik also visually impaired?
Blake Stadnik is a musical theater actor
According to Good Housekeeping, Stadnik is a trained musical theater actor.
Stadnik hails from the same area as his fictional television family, Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Penn State as a major in musical theater.
According to an LA Times report, Stadnik was able to navigate the theater stage by “remembering [stage] directions, practice the moves and keep it all in your head.
“He can’t recognize faces, but he can see shapes. Thus, he can detect where the other actors are and somewhat pick up their body language, which serves as his stage cues,” the newspaper reported.
Stadnik starred in Newsies, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street, and guys and dolls.
Is Blake Stadnik visually impaired?
While looking for the right actor to play the role of Jack Damon, Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate’s son (Chrissy Metz), It’s us, Showrunner Dan Fogelman and his team have prioritized finding someone who is also visually impaired.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, showrunner Dan Fogelman explained why Stadnik was cast in the lead role.
“It was an interesting casting process because we wanted to cast a blind actor. We started our casting process very early, even in our offseason. I was looking for a leading man who was blind and who could be funny, charming , approachable and kind,” Fogelman explained of finding Stadnik.
“We wanted to find an actor who could be a leading man and [was] very handsome and very funny and looked great with his bare abs on national tv but also being able to stand up in greek [Theatre] in front of a live audience and performs and sings a song. There were a lot of boxes to tick,” Fogelman continued.
What ‘This Is Us’ Fans Know About Jack So Far
It’s us viewers were initially given little information about Jack Damon’s adulthood.
In the series opener for Season 4, It’s us, viewers were introduced to adult Jack during a dinner scene. There he met a waitress named Lucy. They hit it off right away, fell in love, got married and had their first daughter.
In the latest episode of It’s us, fans learned more about Jack’s life in the future.
Jack sustains an injury related to a smoker bought by Toby. The Damon family patriarch believed the item would create happy family memories for Jack, Kate and Hailey. Instead, it marked the beginning of the end of his marriage to Kate.
It’s us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.
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