'Where Hope Grows' makes history featuring actor with Down syndrome

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
'Where Hope Grows' Makes History Featuring Actor with Down Syndrome

Where Hope Grows is a new film about a retired baseball player who is down on his luck and having trouble raising his teenage daughter until he meets a young man with Down syndrome who lifts his spirits.

David DeSanctis stars as 'Produce' in his first film and is making history as the first actor with Down syndrome to play a leading role in an American feature.

Read: Player with Down Syndrome Scores Special Touchdown

He told INSIDE EDITION, "It was an incredible moment when it dawned on me that I'm going meet the actors and actresses that I've dreamt of meeting my whole life."

David beat out other actors with Down syndrome vying for the role with his personality and charm. But he has other future plans, too.

"Since I was 11 years old I always dreamed of acting. Now, I have got other ambitions besides acting. I want to direct and I want to do my own networking company. I want to work with three dimensional printers in the building of the future," he said.

Read: Dolly Parton Sings Duet with Young Down Syndrome Fan

His co-stars in the film Kristoffer Polaha and McKaley Miller explained what it was like working with David.

Miller said, "It was amazing working with David. I wasn't really sure what it was going to be like and what the environment or set was going to be like. But, gosh, you meet David and he is just like the coolest person and comes to set so prepared."

Polaha said, "It really shattered every type of stereotype I ever had. I never had any personal experience with anyone with Down syndrome. What I learned was is that you can't judge a book by its cover. David is capable of doing everything you or I are able to do but with a lot more joy."

Where Hope Grows opens in theaters on Friday.

9 PHOTOS
where Hope Grows down syndrome actor
See Gallery
'Where Hope Grows' makes history featuring actor with Down syndrome
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Producer Sev Ohanian, producer Milan Chakraborty, producer Simran Singh, actor David DeSanctis (front ) director Chris Dowling and actor Kristoffer Polaha attend the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Producer Simran Singh, former MLB player Nate Robertson, actor Kristoffer Polaha, actor David DeSanctis (front), producer Jesse S. Jones, producer Milan Chakraborty, producer Sev Ohanian and director Chris Dowling attend the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Former MLB pitcher Nate Robertson, actor David DeSanctis and actor Kristoffer Polaha attend the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Singer/actor Ray J and actor David DeSanctis attend the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Actors McKaley Miller, David DeSanctis, Michael Grant and Kristoffer Polaha attend the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Actors David DeSanctis and Goldie Hawn attend the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Actor David DeSanctis attends the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at The ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: David DeSanctis attends the premiere of Roadside Attractions' & Godspeed Pictures' 'Where Hope Grows' at ArcLight Cinemas on May 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL and get the top celebrity, movies, music and TV news delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Man Felt Something Inside His Nose - But What Doctors Pull Out Leaves Everyone Stunned Man Felt Something Inside His Nose - But What Doctors Pull Out Leaves Everyone Stunned
20 Folks Recall Shocking Interview Moments That Made Them NOT Want the Job 20 Folks Recall Shocking Interview Moments That Made Them NOT Want the Job
Woman Feels Strange Lumps Under Her Dog's Fur - Then Realizes What Happened In Her Own Woman Feels Strange Lumps Under Her Dog's Fur - Then Realizes What Happened In Her Own