Out actress Tucky Williams new spokesperson for epilepsy
There are plenty of actors who have had to act out seizures on television drama series and/or in films. Take for instance longtime “Young & The Restless” character Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) who was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy; and Grey’s Anatomy’s very own Dr Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) who refused to give up on his patient who had an epileptic seizure; or even actor Jeff Goldblum’s GLEE role, “Hiram”, who created much controversy when he declared “I’m going to fake an epileptic seizure”.
But for actress Tucky Williams, the creator, writer and lead actress of the overnight sensation online lesbian-themed TV drama series dubbed “Girl/Girl Scene, epilepsy is no acting matter; Rather, it is a reality that is all too real as she is part of the 3 million people in the US who are currently diagnosed with epilepsy. It’s a fact: one in 10 Americans will have a seizure in their lifetime according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Yet despite its prevalence, many people still do not understand the disease, and what persists is the phobic fear of epilepsy.
Myths, misperceptions and ignorance about the condition have caused discrimination and bullying in the workplace, at school and everyday life because people with epilepsy are mistakenly considered dangerous or possessed by the devil.
But luckily the tide is slowing turning and Epilepsy is fast becoming a hot topic in the news as more celebrities don’t turn a deaf ear to what everyone else doesn’t want to hear and are speaking out about it.
Joining the movement is Tucky Williams who is now taking on a new role speaking out on behalf of those 3 million Americans with epilepsy, to educate people, explain the need for more research to find a cure and fight against the stigma associated with it.
Williams has been diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2009 while teaching a yoga class. She collapsed into a tonic-clonic seizure in front of a class of about 25 people. In the front row was a pulmonologist who with the assistance of a nurse performed CPR until she began breathing on her own. She’s since been on a combination of medications that have been preventing seizures – including as well a low-sugar diet and regular exercise routine.
Ever since her first seizure, Tucky Williams has made it her goal to raise awareness about Epilepsy through advocacy.
Becoming the spokesperson for the fight against epilepsy is particularly relevant for Tucky Williams who draws close similarities between epilepsy and homosexuality. For her dealing with epilepsy is no different than dealing with what it means to be gay. As she puts it “most people with epilepsy are ‘in the closet’ about it because they are worried that if others know they will be treated differently and perhaps even rejected. While I’m openly out about my sexual-orientation, basically with epilepsy, I get to be gay all over again.”
Williams hopes her voice can positively impact her community and help reach LGBT audiences effectively. And she is not alone in her awareness efforts.
Other celebrities have rallied around the campaign openly sharing their stories to help make a difference.
One of the most outspoken celebrity is “Heroes” actor Greg Grumberg, whose 15-years old son Jake was diagnosed with the condition. Rock star, Prince, recently revealed that he experienced Seizures as a child and was picked on frequently. He said as a result he decided to be as flashy and loud as he could be. Daniel Craig along with Dame Judi Dench openly support Epilepsy Action in England. Also Leonardo Di Caprio, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner, Courteney Cox, Sylvester Stallone, Donald Trump, Neil Young, Danny Glover, Claudia Schiffer, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie and Larry King have all lent their support.
For Tucky Williams Epilepsy Awareness isn’t just an event in November: it’s a way of life; yet a way of life she has fully embraced (just like her homosexuality) and does not see as a curse. Her goal is to enlighten people who think otherwise, and eradicate the stigma of madness attached to the condition considered demonic.
Call her crazy all you want – and perhaps you do have to have a screw loose to dream this big – but Tucky Williams is not one to take NO for an answer.
Now certifiably Kentucky’s biggest breakout success story, Tucky is cementing her status as an enduring talent who has skillfully pioneered the new formula for acting superstardom with her overnight sensation online TV drama series dubbed “Girl/Girl Scene”- now in its second season.
Raunchier, sexier and more thrilling than ever, GGS is certainly looking different this season with a distinctively new signature high-production quality ahead of most web-series, as well as new characters and even more provocative and controversial story-lines. With Kayden Kross, American adult entertainment industry actress, joining the cast, and Abisha Uhl from the band Sick of Sarah returning as a series regular, GGS is definitely heating things up this season. In addition Tucky is turning her show into an advocacy and educative platform for Epilepsy by writing into her script a story line in which her character suffers from the condition.
Based on the lives and loves of four young friends, GGS boldly goes where no other shows has gone before – between the sheets and into the minds and hearts of unapologetically queer women in America. But underlying the many shocking and controversial moments is an important drama exploring the intoxicating extremes of modern day life and love. GGS delivers an original brand of online TV series that offers a genuine, petulant, raw, bold and blunt reflection of today’s young lesbian culture.
Refreshingly non-judgmental and atypical in its embrace of stereotype, with its sometimes funny, always provocative (and brutally realistic) storylines, GGS is a vibrant, and honest reflection of today’s young lesbian culture and what it means to be a lesbian in middle America – an online TV series that, episode after episode, is taking on more cultural resonance with audiences around the world. The series, created by Tucky Williams is executive produced by Bill Bossert and Nic Brown, and directed by Eric Butts.
Tucky Williams surely has cyberspace wrapped around her fingers!