“Midnight Club” Star Ruth Codd Isn’t Defined By Her Disability

TV: Were you a fan of Mike Flanagan before?

RC: Well, I think everyone watched Hill House and Bly Manor. One of my favorite movies before I even knew I was working with Mike was Oculus, and Hush. I think I’d pretty much seen all of his stuff before I started working with him.

TV: Are you a fan of horror in general?

RC: Oh, yeah, I love horror. Ever since I was like 9 or 10, I just loved watching horror movies with my cousins and scaring the living daylights out of myself.

TV: What are some of your favorite horror movies?

RC: The Japanese Grudge was horrendous. I was way too young when I watched it. I wouldn’t open my wardrobe for like two weeks afterwards. I think the first horror movie I ever watched was Halloween with my cousins. That has really fun memories. They’re probably my two favorites.

TV: You were quite a hit on TikTok. Why did you quit?

RC: Well, [my popularity] kind of happened by accident, and it did pretty much happen overnight. I started it after being laid off as a barber because of COVID. I really enjoyed it, but when it started becoming more like a job, I was like, “Life’s too short. You don’t have to do it.” I really admire people that can come up with content like every single day, but I just didn’t enjoy it anymore. So, I stopped doing it. But I’m so grateful because it got me to where I am now. I’ll always be grateful for the following I had on social media.

TV: Whether through social media or TV, what message do you want to convey to people with disabilities?

RC: There’s a power in being yourself. I’m not great with my words, which is probably a good thing. I’m an actress, not a writer. But it’s just that there’s a power in just doing. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Just do what makes you happy. Do you. And you’re always going to get ignorant comments. People are going to say stupid things. But that’s not on you.

I had a life-changing injury at 15, and I was really worried that I was going to get left behind in life. But it wasn’t my time. My life changed, and it didn’t turn out the way I expected. But, in the end, it did kind of turn out better. So, just be patient with yourself, and be kind to yourself.

TV: How long did it take you to embrace what had happened to you? And how did you come to do that?

RC: Oh, years. I got injured at 15, and I didn’t get my leg amputated until I was 23. So, those eight years were operation after operation, and, sometimes they kind of worked for a while, and then I’d end up back on crutches. At that age, you think you’re unstoppable, and it was a lot of having to learn a bit too young that sometimes life doesn’t really work out the way you thought it would. But I wouldn’t change it. It made me a really resilient person. I’m thankful for just being able to do simple things like walk around or go on a bike or ride my horse. It kind of teaches you to not take things for granted.

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