Win with ADHD: Bex Taylor-Klaus
Actor Bex Taylor-Klaus didn’t let attention deficit get in the way of their dream: a career in show business.
Bex Taylor-Klaus, 19, has come a long way since their third-grade after-school drama class. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Taylor-Klaus now travels between Los Angeles and Vancouver to play roles on the hit TV shows Arrow, The Killing, and House of Lies.
Taylor-Klaus has also come a long way from their struggles with childhood learning disabilities and ADHD. “I’ve never been anything but different, that’s for darn sure,” Taylor-Klaus said.
Taylor-Klaus didn’t respond well to ADHD medication as a child. Instead, a dramatic shift in symptoms came after following a gluten-free diet and taking high doses of fish oil. “When off gluten, [they] went from being emotionally reactive to normal within two weeks ,” says ADHD coach Elaine Taylor-Klaus, Bex’s mother and founder of Impact ADHD.
Taylor-Klaus always wanted to act. At 18, they landed an internship in a Los Angeles casting director’s office. “I thought it would be good for me to learn the inner workings [of the industry],” Taylor-Klaus said. Sitting at a desk pushing a pencil, however, proved to be an eye-opening experience. “I quit because I just could not deal with it. I lasted two weeks at the job. Never again!”
Taylor-Klaus needn’t have worried. In the summer of 2012, their acting career was launched with a role as a series regular on The Killing.
The actor sometimes finds that hyperactivity gets in the way of the job, especially if there’s a lull on the set. Playing games like Minesweeper and sudoku helps through thos down times, but “as soon as they shout ‘Action,’ I can put my own brain away and bring out a new one,” they said.
Working on two series at once is a natural fit for someone with ADHD, says Taylor-Klaus. “I have two jobs going at once, flying back and forth from LA to Vancouver. I am constantly working, playing two different characters. I love it.”
Taylor-Klaus’s advice to ADHDers is: “Embrace it. It may be a nuisance, it may be hard to deal with sometimes, but you can learn to manage it. Don’t ever try to get rid of it entirely. Attention deficit makes you special.”
Updated on June 7, 2021