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Zyra Gorecki: didn’t see many individuals who looked like her on film or in fashion magazines after losing her leg in a logging accident when she was just 13 years old.

So she resolved to be the one to make a difference. “I wanted to make something that genuinely shows people that you can do it—whatever it is—regardless of what you look like,” the Michigan native says over Zoom.

Meet Zyra Gorecki is a 13 Years Old  How Every Scene on NBC Stolen?

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Modeling was a natural decision for Gorecki, who stands six feet tall. “When I went out to find an agent, she said, ‘You have a big personality.’ ‘Let’s get you some acting work.’

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Gorecki’s ambitions have come true just a few years later, as she stars in NBC’s new sci-fi drama La Brea at the age of 19 years old.

Gorecki stars as Izzy Harris, a cool kid whose life is turned upside down when her mother and brother fall through a massive sinkhole in the centre of Los Angeles into an apocalyptic world in the network series, which premiered on September 28.

Izzy must band up with her somewhat estranged father to try to save them after escaping the accident uninjured.

Zyra Gorecki didn’t see many individuals who looked like her on film or in fashion magazines after losing her leg in a logging accident when she was just 13 years old.

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So she resolved to be the one to make a difference. “I wanted to make something that genuinely shows people that you can do it—whatever it is—regardless of what you look like,” the Michigan native says over Zoom.

Modeling was a natural decision for Gorecki, who stands six feet tall. “When I went out to find an agent, she said, ‘You have a big personality.’ ‘Let’s get you some acting work.’

Gorecki’s ambitions have come true just a few years later, as she stars in NBC’s new sci-fi drama La Brea at the age of 19 years old.

Gorecki stars as Izzy Harris, a cool kid whose life is turned upside down when her mother and brother fall through a massive sinkhole in the centre of Los Angeles into an apocalyptic world in the network series, which premiered on September 28.

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Izzy must band up with her somewhat estranged father to try to save them after escaping the accident uninjured.

“I think it’s fantastic that they wanted a real amputee to play the amputee character. “It’s enormous,” she says.

“I understand the mindset that comes with having a lot of things happen to you when you’re young.” Moving forward required a “sick sense of humour” and the kind of fuck-it attitude required to pull off your leg in the middle of an interview to show off the craftsmanship for Gorecki, who was dealing with the traumatic loss of her leg at the same time as her mother was recuperating from breast cancer. Without further ado, meet Zyra Gorecki in the latest issue of Glamour.

Glamour: Can you tell me how you obtained the part of Izzy?

Zyra Gorecki: I started going to Camp No Limits for limb-difference kids less than a year after I had my leg amputated, and I’ve been going there ever since.

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One of the guys is an actress, and he managed to make touch with La Brea. “Does anybody know anybody?” he asked in an email sent to everyone at Camp No Limits. As a result, I emailed it to my agency.

“Be less furious,” they said at my audition. You don’t despise your relatives. Let’s give it another shot.” “Alright, cool,” they said when I re-auditioned. You’re going to Los Angeles.”

I love how you said, “Yeah,” when he asked whether anyone knew someone. Me.” Where do you draw your self-assurance from?

My grandmother and mother. They get the job done. Oh, my goodness. My mother works as an engineer.

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She was an engineer who was “a few classes away from her doctorate” before deciding, “I’m going to be a stay-at-home mom because I care more about my kids than a job.”

“Make hay while the sun shines,” she used to urge us when we were kids. “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can accomplish today.”

What did you do to celebrate getting the part?

After filming a portion of the pilot, COVID struck. I assumed it was completed. So we just went on with our lives. When we were in Florida, we received a call.

“Hey, it’s still going on,” they say. You’re taking a six-month trip to Australia.” We had dinner at Cracker Barrel.

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As a kid, what was your favourite thing to watch?

I used to love The Beverly Hillbillies when I was a kid. “Oh, certainly, go to the TV,” my folks didn’t say. We just had outdated tapes that had them on them. That, or my father’s horror movies, were what we had in the house. But I didn’t pay attention to those.

What would you say to an actor you’ve always wanted to meet, and who would you say it to?

Robin Williams is a well-known actor. “Thank you for teaching people that even when you’re not feeling well, you can still put on a happy face and serve others,” I’d remark. He impacted so many people’s hearts, and I don’t believe he understood it, which is why I’m crying. This is completely absurd.

You don’t have to be depressed simply because you’re down in the dumps. Even if you are, you can still keep going.

Have you ever met any actors who made you feel like a celebrity?

“Listen to me,” my mother said when I first started out and was terrified. You don’t have to be intimidated by anyone at any time. We all poop the same way.”

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Were there any scenes that made you nervous while filming?

Stunts. I was up on a gigantic platform with a little rope strapped to my butt for the pilot scene where I’m reaching down to hold my mother (Natalie Zea).

I was on the verge of collapsing. Although it was completely safe, I am frightened of heights.

“If I fall right now, my head is going to be smashed open—this does not seem like fun,” I thought. It was, however, a lot of fun.

What did you take away from your experience filming La Brea?

As an actor, resist the need to immediately get to the emotion you want to go to.

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That, I believe, is also critical for mental health. Because, as someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression for much of my life, you have to make the decision, “Nope, we’re not going to battle this.”

This has been a truly enjoyable lesson. Well, I’m not sure that fun is the correct word…. It’s been a fascinating education to take in.

When you’re anxious, how do you deal with it?

I turn on my music. I don’t communicate with anyone. Yoga. Breathing through both nostrils at the same time. That was a new one for me. Look it up on the internet. You breathe in one side before switching to the other. Take a deep breath out.

In addition, I have this problem because my mother is my person. So when I’m feeling particularly nervous in public, I simply grasp her elbow.

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[My onscreen father, Eoin Macken] was really laid-back. I’d go sit next to him on set if I was feeling really anxious, and we wouldn’t have to say anything.

Did your on-set makeup artist recommend any items or give you any makeup tips?

The Tarte cream blushes, yes! They’re lovely, and they do a fantastic job of blending your makeup into your skin.

What else do you have in your cosmetics bag?

Definitely concealer. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind is a product that claims to reverse the effects of ageing. I grew up shopping at the drugstore. I’m still trying to get some very excellent things.

What do you want to support or raise awareness about with your platform?

Blade Runners with amputations. I’m going to pull my leg off and display it to you when you get your first leg. Please bear with me. [She shows off her prosthetic.] This is a fantastic first step. Amputee Blade Runners inspired this.

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An artificial foot normally does not bend at all. It’s a disaster. It’s impossible to run on it because it aches. Then there’s the matter of blades.

You’ve definitely seen a blade in the Olympics and other places, but it’s not covered by insurance because it’s deemed recreational.

As a result, Amputee Blade Runners is a non-profit organisation dedicated to restoring people’s lives. They create the finest legs ever, and they’re completely free to the recipient. And you might be able to accomplish things again.

How did you come across them?

We have seven amputees in my small community of 1,000 people. Amputee Blade Runners provided one of them, a friend of mine, with his blades. I contacted them after having my leg amputated and realising that it was like walking in clogs.

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Because your leg is mending, the requirement is that you must be a year out. When we held this enormous fundraising for them and raised around $5,000 from our small community, I wasn’t quite there.

“You may come down and we’ll give you a leg,” they responded after we emailed it to them.

I’ve never been able to get another limb anywhere else. Ever. They create the best legs and are the nicest, most lovely folks you’ll ever meet.

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