Los Angeles | Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Steven Spielberg has opened up about his dyslexia for the first time.
He admits that, instead of letting it affect him, it actually helped his film career.
In a video for the website Friends of Quinn, the 65-year-old director explains that he dealt with dyslexia by “making movies.”
In the video, Spielberg – who was officially diagnosed with a developmental reading disorder just five years ago – revealed that as a child growing up in New Jersey it took him more than two years to learn how to read.
He received poor treatment from his classmates and teachers, who described him as “lazy” at the time.
He prevailed, however, and says in the video that: “Movies really helped me, kind of saved me from shame, from guilt, from putting it on myself … when it wasn’t my burden. I think making movies was my great escape, it was how I could get away from all that.”