The eldest child, she stood by her mom and dad during medical appointments, trips to the store, family gatherings and parent-teacher conferences, mediating the world for them — even handling situations some would consider too mature for an 8-year-old.
“I had to learn how to grow up very quickly,” said Callis, now 33. “At the same time, I felt good. … I could help my parents.”
That sense of loyalty and calling brought Callis unexpected fame as a sign language interpreter for then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath.
At Bloomberg’s right side during news conferences in fall 2012, Callis inadvertently stole the spotlight from the dry and dour-faced mayor. Her emotive facial expressions and gestures generated buzz on social media and beyond.
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