DiscoverThe Lucky FewShelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!
Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!

Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!

Update: 2020-02-18
Share

Description

You’ve seen Zack Gottsagen on the big screen during his hit movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and you’ve seen him onstage at the Oscars, but have you ever wondered about the woman who’s supported him since the beginning? In this VERY special interview, we’re talking to Zack’s mom, Shelley Gottsagen, who’s been shouting his worth boldly for 34 years.


Not only was Zack the FIRST person with Down Syndrome to present an Academy Award on stage at the Oscars, he was the FIRST person with DS to be fully included in his elementary school, then the first to attend a prestigious performing arts school for middle school. And when he auditioned for a performing arts high school and didn’t get it in, his mom fought back. Knowing her son was talented enough, she investigated and found out that the school had never let a person with a disability in before. She took this information straight to civil court, and Zack started at that high school the next year.


Tune in to hear more about a lifetime of self-advocacy, fighting systems, Zack’s relationship with Shia Lebeouf, The Oscars, Peanut Butter Falcon, what’s next for Zack, and so much more.


___


Watch Zack present an award at the Oscars with co-star Shia Labeouf here.


Watch The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Zack Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, and Dakota Johnson!


Follow Zack Gottsagen on Instagram! 


LET’S CHAT


Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes.


SPONSOR: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR


Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to jonaspauleyewear.com and use code THELUCKYFEW for 15% off your order!


HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE


Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information!



---

This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

---

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Comments 
00:00
00:00
x

0.5x

0.8x

1.0x

1.25x

1.5x

2.0x

3.0x

Sleep Timer

Off

End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!

Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!

the lucky few Podcast