by: Whitney Ullman
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RJ Mitte who played Walter "Flynn" White JR. on the hit AMC television show Breaking Bad, celebrated his 21st birthday in Atlantic City at Harrah's The Pool After Dark. Playing a character with Cerebral Palsy and having a mild case of it in real life, is truly an inspiration to many and NJ.com had the pleasure to chat with him about it all. Check it out:
NJ.com: How does it feel right now to be here in Atlantic City?
MITTE: I'm happy; I just turned 21. Well, I didn't just turn because it was in August, but for the longest time I avoided casinos like the plague, because if you're not 21 - sorry to say - there really is no point to be there. And you get in more trouble than it's worth.
That's true, so what have you found that you like the best? Do you like blackjack or poker?
MITTE: I only gamble with my life [he jokes]. No, I like Texas Hold 'em, I'll play that every once in awhile, but I'm horrible at gambling. So I'd rather save my 'Breaking Bad' money for rent. I really enjoy it here though, they really do put a lot of work in these buildings, and I've had family and friends who have always been around casinos and I've had friends who have owned hotels and I always admire what they can build in a building, it's insane what they are able to do.
Speaking of insane, 'Breaking Bad 'is just so popular, did you ever think you would be on this hit TV show?
MITTE: Never! I never thought I would be in this TV show. Honestly, me being here is a complete honor. I'm lucky enough to be a part of what I do. Breaking Bad is such a pleasure and is amazing. I wouldn't be who I am today, where i am today and capable of what I am capable of today if it wasn't for Breaking Bad.
You play a character who has Cerebral Palsy and you also have it in real life, do you use acting as a vehicle to make people aware of the cause?
MITTE: Actually, earlier tonight I was about 4 hours south of here in Maryland and I missed my train this morning, I've been having so many meetings. I've been traveling really quite a bit the last 4 or 5 days. I drove down to Maryland for the premiere of Cinemability, which is actually about disabilities and how they are reflected in the cinema and television. It was an amazing documentary.
Can you tell us about what's in store for your future?
MITTE: Yes, I'm actually shooting a video on the 18th and 19th of this month and then on the 20th I will be shooting a show on ABC Family called "Switched at Birth". It's an amazing show and very well respected and I'm excited to work with the people that I get to work with.
What's this whole obsession with breakfast?
MITTE: Oh my G-d, you know it's so funny that people have latched on to that. It's the little things that matter you know. It's the subtle things, that's what people love about Breaking Bad and that's what I love about Breaking Bad. The way Vince writes everything in, it's truly genius the way everything comes together. You know the breakfast thing was about, the only time this family was ever together and ever happy was first thing in the morning.
That's probably for most families?
MITTE: It is, well sometimes, I'm not the biggest morning person, but this was the only time the family was together, except for when something really horrible was happening to them, was in the morning. And that's what made those scenes so special.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.