Zyra Gorecki, a La Brea actress, talks about playing a fellow amputee in a historic television series.
"La Brea" premiered on Tuesday night at 10/9c, and it featured an unusual premise: A sinkhole in Los Angeles separates a family and sends some of the people living around it into a weird realm below ground. As an added bonus, the series introduces viewers to actress Zyra Gorecki, who will be appearing in a variety of roles.
The 19-year-old Michigan native plays Izzy Harris, a teenager whose parents and older brother perish in the sinkhole she discovers. Gorecki is a double amputee, just like her fictional character: When she was 14, she was involved in a logging accident and lost her foot. (Amputee Blade Runners provided her with a prosthetic limb.)
Gorecki's part in La Brea will mark her debut as a series regular on television as a person with a limb difference. "Phenomenal," Gorecki responds when asked how she feels about playing such a significant role in representing her neighborhood.
"Amputees and persons with limb differences need role models they can look up to and say, "I can do that. It's an unbelievable thrill to think, "I can accomplish my goals," "she informs PEOPLE. "After seeing Wonder Woman, I looked my sister in the eyes and declared, 'I can do anything. '" And to others, that's what I aspire to be."
Actors with limb differences should follow Gorecki's instruction "enter there and rock it."
Nobody really minds if you have a prosthetic leg, arm, or otherwise appear to be different. It doesn't matter. No, not at all. It's irrelevant whether or not they do, because "According to her, she claims. "Take a look within and show them what you're made of. Regardless of whether or not they like it, you can always go on. It was never going to work out."
In fact, Gorecki has done precisely that. It was through a buddy and fellow actor at the limb-loss support group Camp No Limits that the adolescent learned about the La Brea audition opportunity.
According to the actress, she had "awful nervousness" prior to all of the auditions but claims that they were over in a flash. And she was overjoyed when the part was made available to her.
While filming, Gorecki helped David Appelbaum depict Izzy as correctly as possible by consulting on how to play someone with limb-difference.
It was like, 'Hey, is this what the experience is like?,'" she recalls. Gorecki is of the opinion. He asked me how it feels to be an amputee, and that made a huge difference to the scene, she says.
Gorecki thinks there will be many more surprises in store for the next series' viewers.
Considering the breadth of the stories, she believes there is much to be astonished by. A unique story surrounds each and every one of the characters, and the stories of these individuals are interesting.