The 41-year-old actress, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film, discussed the controversy while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday (February 19).
“I think when people see the film, they will see the amount of love and sensitivity that was put into it,” Kate said. “It is an important conversation to have and it’s not just about this movie, but as a whole, about representation. For me, when I hear that there’s anybody that feels left out I feel terrible.”
There has been controversy over Maddie Ziegler being cast as a nonverbal autistic woman as she’s a neurotypical actress.
“Nobody has really asked me that,” Kate said about the controversy. “I’ve only been asked to sort of comment in a quote, and it’s not a soundbite conversation. I think it’s an ongoing, important dialogue to be had about neurotypical actors playing neurodivergent characters.”
“The spectrum is so wide and should be approached with far more conversation and understanding of how can we be more representative, what are the best ways to do that,” Kate added. “We want to tell the best stories we can. There is no one who wants to upset anybody. When people feel upset about anything, it’s our job to listen and encourage more conversation with other people who want to tell these stories.”
A viral Twitter thread about the movie explained why its so offensive to the autistic community.