Who Is Lily D Moore? She Wants to Be the First Woman with Down Syndrome to Win an Oscar

Edduin Carvajal
Jun 14, 2022
08:20 P.M.

Actress Lily D Moore does not want her Down syndrome to prevent her from winning an Academy Award, so she is crushing it as an entertainer and advocate for people with disabilities.


Most of us remember Lily D Moore as fashion lover Rebecca in Netflix's "Never Have I Ever." Still, she booked her first leading role in Hallmark's "Color My World With Love" opposite David DeSanctis, another actor with Down syndrome.

The firm follows Moore's character, Kendall, falling in love and getting engaged to Brad (DeSanctis). However, her mom Emma (Erica Durance), worries that Kendall and Brad might not be ready to marry.

Lily D Moore in a vlog posted on YouTube on March 3, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Natalie Moore

Lily D Moore in a vlog posted on YouTube on March 3, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Natalie Moore


After learning and teaching lessons about love and understanding, Emma comes to terms with Kendall's decision and supports her as she prepares for the most romantic day of her life.


Hallmark gave Moore her first opportunity to be the lead actress in a project, and she hopes it is not the last one. Moore said that actors with Down syndrome were capable of being leads in films.

Lily D Moore in a vlog posted on YouTube on March 3, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Natalie Moore

Lily D Moore in a vlog posted on YouTube on March 3, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Natalie Moore

She added that people with disabilities had real feelings, so they should be portrayed as regular people who want to fall in love, get married, land jobs, go to college, and multiple other things.

DeSanctis also has high expectations for his career. He has worked on other projects but wants to get out of his comfort zone by developing TV shows and films.



Besides being a promising actress, Moore is also a model and advocate for people with disabilities. She has appeared in multiple projects, including "Dangerous Minds," "Never Have I Ever," "Gifted," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Lift."

Moore has accomplished a lot as a model, too. She has worked with photographers Thomas Dodd and Elizaveta Porodina and walked in Kornit Los Angeles Fashion Week shows.


The "Color My World With Love" star is also a Champion Ambassador for Special Olympics and has worked with Breaking Barriers and Extra Special People.

[Moore] will attend Clemson University to study healthcare.

Moore even created HELP (Helping Everyone with Love and Passion), an initiative focused on supporting homeless people by giving them bags of food and toiletries.



Moore has loved acting since she attended her first drama class at age six. Unfortunately, she knows how hard it is to get rejected, and she hopes to pave the way for other people with disabilities in the entertainment industry.

Winning an Oscar would make Moore's crusade significantly more manageable, which is her goal. She confessed she wanted to become the first Down syndrome actress to win the Academy Award.

Nowadays, Moore has a packed schedule. Apart from appearing in "Dangerous Moms" and "Holy Irresistible," she will attend Clemson University to study healthcare.

Moore knows she wouldn't have done all this on her own. She has credited her "super helpful" parents and older sisters for supporting and encouraging her to achieve her goals. Way to go!

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