Lauren Ridloff Plays Makkari in Eternals, Spurs Interest in Learning Sign Language

Lauren Ridloff Plays Makkari in Eternals, Spurs Interest in Learning Sign Language

It’s just in, people are officially charmed by Lauren Ridloff in Marvel Studios’s latest film under the MCU called Eternals. The 43-years old actress plays the character Makkari, one of the newly introduced superhero lineup in Eternals. Makkari is among a group of diverse superheroes called Eternals. She is a speedster who also happens to be deaf and communicates in American Sign Language.

Previously well known for her role as Connie in The Walking Dead, Ridloff was born deaf to hearing parents. Lauren is now married to Douglas Ridloff, a poet who writes original works in American Sign Language. The couple are currently a family with two children, who are seven and nine respectively.

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Back in 2012, when the Avengers went for Shawarma after their death-defying New York battle, popularity around the dish skyrocketed. Apparently, Makkari’s appearance also sparks huge interest among fans, this time to learn sign language. 

As reported by the Independent, there has been a 250 per cent spike in searches for “learn sign language for beginners” since the release of the movie. Search for Ridloff has also escalated worldwide by 550 per cent since 1 November 2021. People who search “first deaf superhero” also doubled in number since November 2020.

After hearing the news, Ridloff feels overwhelmed and shared her joy with her followers on a recent Twitter post:

She then added: “What would be even more amazing is to see Google offer up courses by Deaf teachers!! Best to learn straight from the source-people who sign daily!”

During the filming for Eternals, Ridloff’s co-stars all learned American sign language so that they could communicate with her on set. She later told how she ‘cried tears of joy’ watching her co-stars use sign language, knowing that millions of people around the world would see it.

Lauren Ridloff as Makkari

Speaking to The New York Times about the significance of her roles: “It means my two boys, who are also deaf, will grow up in a world where there are superheroes who are deaf. It means they’ll be able to dream a bit more wildly.”

Well, more power to you Lauren! Looking forward to Marvel’s more and more inclusive and diverse characters!

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