The popular series Speechless got a special guest star, Bella Thorne, who popped in to play an oblivious actress who agrees to go to prom with JJ to pick his brain for a new wheelchair-bound character she is playing in a movie.
People Magazine reports that Thorne plays Cassidy, who agrees to help JJ make his girlfriend Izzy jealous by going to prom with him, but en route in the limo, he finds out why she really wanted to meet him.
“I can’t believe you’re here! What made you agree to come?” JJ asks.
Thorne as Cassidy spills that the movie she’s in is coming down on the “wrong side” with some people with disability issues. She says she thought JJ was cute and wanted some insight about his experience because of a movie she is doing about a character who’s in a wheelchair. She adds that she’s concerned about the people picketing.
Cassidy says that people in wheelchairs have been protesting at her film set daily, and she can’t figure out why, but the more she talks, the easier it is to see why people are alarmed.
Cassidy describes her character as someone who doesn’t want to live if she has to be in a wheelchair.
“Actually, I’m not in the chair the whole time. See, I dance in the second half after I get healed. So basically I want to die because I can’t walk, which means I can’t dance, which is like what I’m born to do. So, right before I throw myself off the cliff …”
Thorne’s character realizes that the movie might need some serious rewrites. The episode ends with Cassidy singing and a troupe of wheelchair dancers participating in a routine to songs from the movie Grease.
Speechless has been attracting big-name talents as the core cast of Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarborough, and Micah Fowler deliver week after week.
Driver has also been an advocate for all victims in reference to the #MeToo movement and shared her own story when the Harvey Weinstein scandal first broke.
Driver said she was 16-years-old visiting Greece when a man asked her to dance, and she said no thank you.
“This guy elbow-grabbed me, and said, ‘You’re going to dance with me,’ and I said, ‘No.’ And I pulled my arm away from him, and he grabbed me by the back of my hair, and I tried to kick him and then he punched me.”