From Amazon Worker to Hawkeye Star: How Alaqua Cox Beat

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Just a few years ago, Alaqua Cox was working at an Amazon center, figuring out what she wanted in life. Acting was not on her radar.  “I had no acting experience,” says Cox, 24, who is featured in PEOPLE’s 2021 Ones to Watch package in this week’s issue. “I was only involved in one school play in high school, but I was a background actor.”  Then, some friends spotted a casting notice for a role in Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series Hawkeye. “They saw the casting call looking for a Native American actress and female deaf actress,” recalls Cox. “It just matched so perfectly, so I decided to go for it.”  Being a trailblazer, she’s ready to be a role model for others. “I had never seen anybody on the screen that maybe looked like me … deaf, an amputee,” she says.  Cox, who has been deaf al …
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