THE WICKED WITCH - Liz Wheeler
If you’d told Liz ten years ago that she would leave a successful corporate career to return to university, become a public speaker and an actor and spend most of her time with a dog by her side, she wouldn’t have believed you. If you’d told her that she’d do it all with her eyes closed and a smile on her face, she’d have been sure that you were lying. But it’s all true. It took the loss of more than 95% of her sight and the addition of her guide dog, Poppi, for Liz to gain the vision she needed to lead a purposeful and fulfilling life.
Liz wanted to try acting to challenge her fears, and so, when she heard about Sweet Tooth, she decided to audition. Luckily, it turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made as she found it to be a completely transformative experience. Poppi was beside her all the way!
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(Please be advised that the above clip contains numerous spoilers! It is best watched after having viewed the film.)
ON AUTHENTIC CASTING
It was of paramount importance to the Sweet Tooth team that no seeing actor would play the role of a vision-impaired character, as feminism without intersectionality negates itself.
Liz was a seeing child but became legally blind due to a degenerative disease. Her story mirrors Sweet Tooth’s with auspicious accuracy and this profoundly moved everyone involved in the casting process. Right down to their piercing green eyes, Liz and Julia were the perfect match which, initially, many believed would be impossible to find.