Moiri Rossi of Jacksonville, Fla., received her "American Dream" Wednesday.
The National Disability Institute announced that 24-year-old Rossi, who has Down syndrome, won the institute’s "My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities" video contest. The contest encouraged people with disabilities to share and go after their passions.
The big surprise for Rossi, who wants to pursue acting, was when “Breaking Bad” actor RJ Mitte popped up on Skype to tell her he'd be her new mentor.
Mitte has cerebral palsy and plays Walter White Jr. on the Emmy-winning show.
"I have c.p. in real life," the "Breaking Bad" actor told Rossi and the crowd at the ceremony. "This has really been an honor to…help you achieve your dream."
Rossi's been studying theatre since she was eight years old, she told the crowd. She broke down at the surprise announcement
"I'm literally crying right now because I'm so happy. This is the happy I'm talking about," she said. "All of us have dreams, right? If you work hard and succeed and listen to your parents, you will achieve your dreams."
Rossi received the most votes in a contest and received $1,000, an iPad and Mitte as her mentor.
The video is more than seven minutes long. Rossi gets the award at about 2:00. Mitte pops up afer 3:20.
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