Finest Actor Award: Drama Faculties Rejected Son, Wins 2nd Award

I’m taking a break from dusting the mantel (Mud? Who am I kidding? My mantel has topsoil), to share some glad information. The explanation I clear the mantelpiece is to make room for my son’s awards. (Warning! Proud Mum Second Approaching.) Jules simply received his second Finest Actor award for his starring function within the movie Love.

It acquired the primary on the Rome Worldwide Movie Pageant and the second on the London Rocks Worldwide Movie Pageant.

Kathy Lette and her son, Julius Robertson.

When my autistic son informed me on the age of 18 that he wished to be an actor, I had my doubts. How do you flip the creative into autistic? However Jules set me straight. “Mother, I act daily – attempt to act regular.”

My son is now 32 and what he has taught me within the intervening years is that there isn’t any such factor as “regular” and “irregular.” There may be bizarre and extraordinary. And folks on the autistic spectrum have a literal, lateral, tangential logic that’s authentic and intriguing.

With hindsight diagnostic perception, we now know that many distinctive musicians, mathematicians, and scientists, from Mozart and Einstein to Orwell and Steve Jobs, had been on the spectrum. Jules, aged eight, turned obsessive about Shakespeare and memorized complete plates Hamlet. By the age of 12, he knew extra about most Hollywood actors than their very own moms. So, regardless of my doubts, I began on the lookout for an appearing course that may settle for him.


This was not straightforward. Most schools responded with a flat no. However London’s Regent’s College gave him an opportunity. That they had by no means enrolled an autistic pupil earlier than, however the academics had been encouraging and good – and Jules thrived.

I attended his top-notch manufacturing with trepidation… however to my nice reduction, Jules shone. In fact, I attributed my response to the mom’s “love glasses” – moms see all their offspring’s achievements via the misty lens of maternal adoration. However seeing him on stage, effortlessly interacting with the opposite actors, properly, thank goodness for waterproof mascara.

Jules received a university award for excellence and graduated quickly after in educational robes – one thing his mom by no means achieved. (I’m self-taught—it’s clearly a phrase I taught myself.) Once I left faculty at 16—the one examination I’ve ever handed is my driving take a look at—it was a extremely emotional second.