GTN Presents: Marlee Matlin on Overcoming Challenges

April 16th, 2013

In this exclusive clip, Marlee Matlin discusses how she stands her ground when faced with a challenge.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
I think the biggest challenge that I’ve been able to overcome, it’s really not confined to just one, growing up deaf I don’t know of any other way I can look at life except that I am who I am. I think that there have been challenges out there where people might have thought of me in a different way, people who have chosen not to pay attention to me just because I can’t hear, people who haven’t perhaps understood that I have certain visual needs, people who might have made fun of my speech, every single challenge that I’ve faced in my life- whether it was about being deaf or being a woman, whatever it may be- I’ve just stood my ground and walked around it. I never have this attitude of I’m going to give up. I tell this to people, particularly to kids- never give up. I stand for who I am, I’m proud of who I am- whether it’s about being deaf, I’m just proud to be here and understand that there is really no time to be a victim, no time to ask for pity, basically just get out there and show that the world is accessible and understand that we can all overcome barriers and challenges. Again, as I said, having been a person who’d experienced domestic violence, overcoming addictions- I just have to work around those challenges and move forward.