Pacific Grove native lands Disney movie deal


Pacific Grove High School alumnus Chelsie Hill has signed a film deal with Walt Disney Pictures for a film loosely based on her life. Hill serves as an executive producer and consultant for the upcoming Disney drama Grace, which follows a disabled 17-year-old dancer’s big break from a top dance company. In 2010, Hill, then 17, was involved in a drink-driving accident off Skyline Dr. that injured three other teenagers. Hill was sitting in the backseat when the drunk driver veered off the road and crashed into a tree, crippling his waist. After the incident, Hill contacted six girls on social media who were also disabled and formed The Rollettes, an all-female wheelchair dance group now based in Los Angeles. “Honestly, the idea of ​​bringing people together was part of it because I really wanted friends. I wanted to find other girls like me who were also paralyzed,” Hill said. In 2014, Hill moved to Los Angeles and carved out a career as an artist, social media influencer and disability rights advocate. Hill and her dance team went on to develop The Rollettes Experience, a seminar and network for girls and women with disabilities. “We have girls who come from all over the world. This year we had girls for a ten-year anniversary who came from ten different countries. And they are all different types of diagnosis of cerebral palsy, spina bifida, chronic illness, spinal cord injury, all women who use wheelchairs,” Hill said. Hill is expecting her first child in January. She says she plans to document her experience as a disabled pregnant person on her YouTube channel.”You know, being a young woman with this spinal cord injury and giving birth, there’s not enough education about it,” Hill said.And I’m excited to educate people on what it’s like to not only carry a child, but also to give birth and become a mother. Next year is going to be crazy.”

Pacific Grove High School alumnus Chelsie Hill has signed a film deal with Walt Disney Pictures for a film loosely based on her life.

Hill is an executive producer and consultant for the upcoming Disney drama Gracewhich follows a 17-year-old disabled dancer’s big break from a top-tier dance company.

In 2010, Hill, then 17, was involved in a drunk driving accident off Skyline Dr. that injured three other teenagers.

Hill was sitting in the backseat when the intoxicated driver veered off the road and crashed into a tree, paralyzing Hill from the waist down.

After the incident, Hill contacted six girls on social media who were also disabled and formed The Rollettes, an all-female wheelchair dance group now based in Los Angeles.

“Honestly, the idea of ​​bringing people together was part of it because I really wanted friends. I wanted to find other girls like me who were also paralyzed,” Hill said.

In 2014, Hill moved to Los Angeles and carved out a career as an artist, social media influencer and disability rights advocate.

Hill and her dance team went on to develop The Rollettes Experience, a seminar and network for girls and women with disabilities.

“We have girls who come from all over the world. This year we had girls for a ten-year anniversary who came from ten different countries. And they are all different types of diagnosis of cerebral palsy, spina bifida, chronic illness, spinal cord injury, all women who use wheelchairs,” Hill said.

Hill is expecting her first child in January. She says she plans to document her experience as a disabled pregnant person on her YouTube channel.

“You know, being a young woman with this spinal cord injury and giving birth, there’s not enough education about it,” Hill said. And I’m thrilled to educate people on what it’s like to not only bear a child, but also to give birth and become a mother. Next year is going to be crazy.”

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