A recent interview with Channing Tatum conducted by Carly Fleischmann, 21, is unlike any you've seen. Not only does the young interviewer ask fresh and hilarious questions about the actor's love life, childhood, his beginnings as a stripper, and his current acting career, but there is a twist to the whole thing — Carly is a woman with autism and a motor condition that prevents her from speaking.
But this doesn't inhibit her ability to communicate. Using a computer, Carly is able to type her thoughts and have them be heard with the help of an electronically generated voice.
Armed with this technology, she is creating her very own talk show titled Speechless with Carly Fleischmann, where she interviews celebrities.
Tatum had the fortune of being her very first guest.
The interview is full of laughter and plenty of LOLs from Carly, as she asks Tatum such questions as, "If your daughter was able to date today, which one of your actor friends would you forbid her from dating and why? I'm asking because I want to know who to stay away from in Hollywood. Or who I should be running into if they're not that bad. LOL."
Not only is the episode fun to watch, but it's a testament to Carly's success in a world that didn't always understand her. According to a book she co-wrote with her father that details her story, Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism, her doctors predicted "she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child." Such assumptions and misjudgments are often made about nonverbal children with autism, as it's hard to know what is really going on in their minds.
For this reason, Carly's achievements have significance not just for her and her family, but for the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) community as a whole. Through typing, Carly has been able to act as a voice for those who may not have one, and in the FAQ section of her website, she answers a range of questions posed by parents of children with autism, people who are curious about the disorder, and others who have it themselves.
"I think people get a lot of their information from so-called experts, but I think what happens is that experts can't give an explanation to certain questions," Carly writes on her website. "How can you explain something you have not lived or if you don't know what it's like to have it? If a horse is sick, you don't ask a fish what's wrong with the horse. You go right to the horse's mouth."
To learn more about Carly and her new series, watch the video below: