Just a few years ago, Alaqua Cox was working at an Amazon center, figuring out what she wanted in life. Acting was not on her radar.
“I had no acting experience,” says Cox, 24, who is featured in 사람들의 2021 Ones to Watch package 이번 주 호에서. “I was only involved in one school play in high school, but I was a background actor.”
그 다음에, some friends spotted a casting notice for a role in Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series 호크아이. “They saw the casting call looking for a Native American actress and female deaf actress,” recalls Cox. “It just matched so perfectly, so I decided to go for it.”
Being a trailblazer, she’s ready to be a role model for others. “I had never seen anybody on the screen that maybe looked like me … deaf, an amputee,” 그녀는 말한다.
Cox, who has been deaf all of her life, grew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. 게다가, she has a prosthetic lower right leg — though it certainly hasn’t slowed her down at all.
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When she learned she nabbed the role of Maya Lopez, her parents were overjoyed. “My dad actually cried, and it is rare to see my dad cry,” 그녀는 말한다. “My mom got the champagne — everybody was so excited.”
Her family and friends weren’t the only ones happy with the casting. Twitter exploded, with stars like Nyle DiMarco applauding the news. “I just feel so overwhelmed by support and love,” 그녀는 말한다.
Like all upcoming Marvel projects, the details of 호크아이 are being kept under wraps. 당분간, all Cox can say is, “Maya is a bada– woman. She can pick up fighting moves after watching it one time.”
And Cox loved working with 제레미 레너, who plays the Avenger Hawkeye. “I think he’s one of the coolest guys,” 그녀는 말한다. “I learned a lot from him.”
“It’s crazy how much my life has already changed because I was a college dropout,” 그녀는 덧붙인다. “I worked at a factory. I’m so excited to show people who I am and what I can do, what anybody can do.”
호크아이 11월 초연. 24 디즈니+에서.