“Who Do You Think I Am?” will be launching on CBC Gem on January 7 starring Madison (Maddie) Tevlin.
The show will consist of 10×10-minute episodes featuring Maddie Tevlin having enlightening, eye-opening and heartwarming one-on-one conversations with people who are often misperceived and misinterpreted. As someone with Down syndrome, Maddie Tevlin has spent her whole life being judged at first glance. But it has absolutely nothing to do with who she is.
In this digital series, she finds connections with other extraordinary individuals often misrepresented by their exterior, too. She has been passionate about following her dreams, sharing her passions with the world and shattering expectations from a very young age. Born and raised in Toronto, Tevlin has grown quite the social media presence since going viral after posting a cover of John Legend’s “All of Me” on YouTube a few years ago and through her advocacy work for the Down syndrome community.
Filmed earlier this year, season one will see Tevlin sit down with guests like Canadian singer, Tyler Shaw; Ann Pornel, co-host of The Great Canadian Baking Show; Sarah Nicole Landry of The Birds Papaya; and Juice Boxx (AKA Jo Primeau) from Canada’s Drag Race, to name a few.
Maddie Tevlin On “Who Do You Think I Am?”
What inspired the creation of “Who Do You Think I Am?”
I got inspired to act after I released my YouTube video and saw how people were so excited to see someone with Down syndrome on TV. My friend Sylvia came over and we were talking about being judged and I was really surprised that even though she doesn’t have Down syndrome that she felt judged a lot, too. Sylvia owns a production company and thought that might be a good idea for a show. She brought it to her business partner Jonathan Torrens (who I was in Mr. D with) and they loved it! We filmed a pilot in 2019 and then CBC Gem picked it up in 2020.