Jamie Brewer

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Jamie Brewer
Jamie Brewer February 2015.jpg
Brewer at the 2015 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, February 2015
Born (1985-02-05) February 5, 1985 (age 31)
California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2011–present

Jamie Brewer (born February 5, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. In its first season, American Horror Story: Murder House, she portrayed Adelaide "Addie" Langdon, the daughter of the main antagonist, Constance Langdon; in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven, she portrayed Nan, an enigmatic and clairvoyant witch, and in American Horror Story: Freak Show, she portrayed Chester Creb's vision of his doll, Marjorie.

Life and career[edit]

Brewer grew up loving all forms of the arts, especially movies and theater productions. She started by taking theater classes in 1999 at a College for Kids class during her middle school years. She performed in dramas, musicals, comedies, and many improvisations during her theater training at Dionysus Theater. Brewer appeared and spoke in PSAs for the Super Bowl of Caring Houston Food Drive in Houston, Texas for two consecutive years which aired on NBC, ABC, and CBS. Brewer continues her stage training through The Groundlings Theater and School.

In 2011, Brewer made her television debut as Adelaide "Addie" Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House.[1] "I first got word of the audition for the show from a friend of mine." She said. "They were looking for a young lady with Down syndrome who could act. My headshot and resume were submitted and I was called for an audition and, to my surprise I got the part. I was so excited."[2] About her role, Brewer stated: "Adelaide is a complex character, but the most difficult part of playing Adelaide is learning how to portray someone who isn’t always viewed acceptable to her mother and society. This is a new challenge for me."[3]

After the show's first season ended, she appeared on Southland in an episode titled "Heat", which aired on February 20, 2013. Also in 2013, she returned to American Horror Story for the third season, subtitled Coven, playing the supporting role of Nan, a young witch who is clairvoyant.

It was announced at the 2014 PaleyFest that Brewer would return to the series for the fourth season, subtitled American Horror Story: Freak Show.[4] Although, at a later date, show creator Ryan Murphy indicated Brewer may not appear during the season. Brewer was later confirmed after appearing in a promo for the final two episodes.[5][6] She both voiced and played Marjorie, the ventriloquist dummy / alternate personality of another character.

In February 2015, Brewer became the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the red carpet at New York Fashion Week, which she did for designer Carrie Hammer.[7][8] Talking about the experience, Brewer said, "It's amazing that the fashion industry are including individuals with disabilities," she said. "It's an amazing opportunity for women, women that are disabled."[9] During Another time she also said,"Young girls and even young women [see me] and say 'hey, if she can do it so can I'. It's a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are."[10]

In July 2015, she appeared as a character named Jamie in three episodes of the popular web series Raymond & Lane.[11][12] While In September, Brewer appeared on Switched at Birth in an episode titled "Between hope and fear".[13][14]

Model[edit]

Brewer was the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the New York Fashion Week catwalk.[15]

Activism[edit]

Brewer at PaleyFest 2014 for American Horror Story: Coven

Brewer has been active in the Down Syndrome community. She is the youngest person with this condition to be elected President of the ARC of Fort Bend Chapter.[citation needed] From there, she was appointed to the State of Texas ARC Board, then elected to the Executive Board as Treasurer. Brewer was then asked to serve on the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for the State of Texas, and while on the committee, spoke with Senators at the Texas State Capitol to persuade them to pass the law for Texas to abolish the word "retarded" from state legislation and to improve recognition of the needs of people with disabilities within the state. The effort was successful and Texas now uses the term "Intellectual Developmental Disability" in their legislation.

Brewer is involved with several other non-profit organizations, including DSALA, DSiAM, BTAP, Best Buddies International, National Down Syndrome Congress, American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States, and Civitan International.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 My Next Breath TBD Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Adelaide Langdon 7 episodes
2013 Southland Amanda Episode: "Heat"
2013–14 American Horror Story: Coven Nan 9 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Marjorie 2 episodes
2015 Raymond & Lane (web series) Jamie 3 episodes
2015 Switched at Birth Teacher's Aide 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Lawton (November 21, 2011). "Interview with Jamie Brewer". Media Mikes. Jamie Brewer plays the role of Adelaide on the hit FX series American Horror Story. Media Mikes had a chance to speak with Jamie recently to discuss the show. 
  2. ^ Adam Lawton (November 21, 2011). "Interview with Jamie Brewer". Media Mikes. Jamie Brewer plays the role of Adelaide on the hit FX series American Horror Story. Media Mikes had a chance to speak with Jamie recently to discuss the show. 
  3. ^ Adam Lawton (November 21, 2011). "Interview with Jamie Brewer2". Media Mikes. Jamie Brewer plays the role of Adelaide on the hit FX series American Horror Story. Media Mikes had a chance to speak with Jamie recently to discuss the show. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 29, 2014). "'American Horror Story' Enlists Michael Chiklis for 'Freak Show'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Stack, Tim (October 9, 2014). "'American Horror Story: Freak Show' premiere: Ryan Murphy talks sex, scary clowns, and season 5clues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitney, Erin (December 18, 2014). "Here's Your First Look At Neil Patrick Harris In 'American Horror Story'". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Jessica Probus, Stephanie McNeal. "Meet The First Woman With Down Syndrome To Walk At Fashion Week". BuzzFeed. 
  8. ^ Lori Grisham, USA TODAY Network (February 12, 2015). "First model with Down syndrome in New York Fashion Week". 
  9. ^ Sarah Flanigan (February 18, 2015). "'AHS' Star Jamie Brewer Talks About Being First Model With Down Syndrome at NYFW". EOline. It's amazing that the fashion industry are including individuals with disabilities," she said. "It's an amazing opportunity for women, women that are disabled. 
  10. ^ http://m.imdb.com/name/nm4661932/quotes?ref_=m_nm_trv_trv
  11. ^ "Raymond & Lane: The Theater Series with American Horror Story's Jamie Brewer". Anon Magazine. Jul 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jamie Brewer, from American Horror Story, guest stars in the Season Two finale!". Raymond and Lane. 
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  15. ^ The Independent. Jamie Brewer. What you need to know about the first Down's Syndrome model to walk at New York Fashion Week

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