Amazon Prime has released a new trailblazing series starring three actors who are on the autism spectrum.
Based on the Israeli series, On the Spectrum, the series centres around three twenty-somethings, all of whom are on the autism spectrum. The show follows their lives as they attempt to navigate the world around them through finding jobs, making friends and falling in love.
So when will As We See it be released and who is starring in the cast?
When will As We See It be released?
From Friday 21 January, Amazon Prime users will be able to watch the series on the streaming website.
The eight-part series was written by Jason Katims, best known for his work on the drama series, Friday Night Lights.
Katims, who has a son with Asperger’s, describes the show as “deeply personal” to him.
Dana Idisis and Yuval Shafferman, the creators of the Israeli show, will be working as executive producers on the US reboot.
Who stars in the cast of As We See It?
As We See It is being praised for its inclusive and diverse cast, and all three main leads identify as being on the autistic spectrum.
Playing the role of Jack in As We See It, Rick Glassman, 37, is a comedian, writer, actor and producer who identifies as being on the autism spectrum.
He is best known for his roles in the TV comedy series Undateable (2014-2016) as Burski and comedy film A Futile and Stupid Gesture as Harold Ramis. Glassman also hosts a podcast called ‘Take your Shoes Off’ which is a talk show, hosting anything between interviews and casual conversations about varying topics.
Glassman has been active in the performing arts since 2010. He is in a relationship with a British woman named Betty, who makes frequent appearances on his podcast.
About the show, Glassman said to the Independent: “People think they know what autism is, and they don’t
“That’s what I’ve learned through my diagnosis, and big-time through the show. There’s this saying, ‘When you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism’.”
Playing the role of Harrison on As We See It, Rutecki also identifies as being on the autism spectrum. He is an actor, with one previous credit in the TV miniseries Aged Fruit (2014) where he played an extra.
About the show and regarding his limits he said to the Independent: “I do have some sensory issues myself.
“There have been a few episodes where it’s really affected me. One of the worst was at a play. During the intermission, suddenly hearing 300 people talking at once, all the discordant sound, everything was just too overwhelming. I had to find a quiet place to hide.”
Rutecki, 28, studied at Hofstra University. He keeps a low profile and is not on any social media.
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Playing the role of Violet, Sue Ann Pein also identifies as being on the autism spectrum. She is an actress and presenter, best known for her role as Newt in the 2016 film Everlasting and her role as a receptionist in the comedy-drama series Ballers (2015-2019).
Pein spoke to the Independent about her upcoming role and said: “I grew up thinking I was weird, hiding things about myself that I thought were hideous
“I thought something was wrong with me. That was the message over and over, repeatedly, given to me. Especially because I’m Asian, so in that community, there can be a lot of pressure to conform. I’m still not sure I do it very well. I have to take on a persona: ‘How would this person be going to visit their family members?’ I act my way through social events.
“There’s so much of me, innately, that understood Violet,” she said. “I know what she feels in that moment, why she’s saying that why she’s doing that. This hidden side of me was finally getting a chance to be revealed.”
Mantegna, a Tony-award winning actor, is best known for his role in Criminal Minds as David Rossi.
Mantegna will star as Rick’s father in As We See It.
Mantenga’s daughter, Gia is also on the spectrum and speaking to the Boston Herald in the US he said: “I’ve been involved in it since its inception.
"They came to me shortly after ‘Criminal Minds’ stopped, and when I read the (pilot) script, I was really knocked out by it … for a lot of reasons. Jason is such a wonderful, beautiful writer, and it had a very personal impact on me.
"They really thought it out to the point where, besides that the three main actors were identified as being on the autism spectrum, they were going to hire 12 (autistic) people on the crew — which is really unheard of.
"You have to go through the unions and all that, and they did that. I hope it’s a sign of the times, in terms of where we’re going with inclusion.”
Sosie Bacon, 29, is an American actress and the daughter of actor Kevin Bacon. She is best known for her role in Mare of Easttown as Claire Layden and as Sky Miller in 13 Reasons Why.
In As We See It, she will be playing the role of Mandy, their support worker.
Eight part series, As We See It, will be streaming on Amazon Prime from 21 January 2022
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