What is/was the best and worst advice you have received as an actress?
The best advice I have received was to enjoy the process and keep your identity grounded in Christ. There can be a lot of emotional highs and lows in this business but if you center your identity in Christ, and not on getting the next role or becoming famous, it changes everything. Being rooted in who you are in Christ takes the pressure off and frees you to enjoy the creative process, regardless of the outcome. God is the best agent you can have and He will do a much better job than we will when it comes to opening doors that will ultimately give Him the greatest glory.
The worst advice I have gotten was to “Do whatever it takes.” Sometimes “whatever it takes” means compromising your faith and your moral backbone. One day I have to stand before God and I want Him to be proud of the things I was willing to do and even more proud of what I said no to.
Do you relate in any way to the character you play? Or any of the other characters of UDD? If so, how?
I actually do think I related in more ways than one. When I was single, I was so desperate to find “the one” that the search for my spouse superseded my search for God. It wasn’t until after I got married that I realized that my spouse could never be “the one” because only God could fill those shoes. I think the church glorifies and even idolizes marriage sometimes to the detriment of single people. Marriage is a gift from God but no human can be God for us. Humans make terrible saviors. Singleness is a calling just as much as being married is and both married and single people will only be effective for the Kingdom of God when we remove ourselves or others from God’s rightful throne in our lives.
What was your favorite part of being on set for this project?
To me, this project was such a testament to the fact that God has much more in store for a film project than meets the eye. God was very purposeful about who was part of this project. God knew there was hurt and brokenness that needed healing. He gathered his children to facilitate that. At the end of our day of filming, we all gathered together and prayed for one another. It was such an incredible blessing and in such a short time, we were like family. We were all so sad to go! I was also so encouraged by the humility and authenticity that was displayed in Renee and Lance and the rest of their sweet family. Their goals were clear. They aimed to honor God and to love people well in the process of making this film. They far exceeded those goals and went above and beyond in making us feel loved and cared for as a cast!
What is your favorite Bible passage?
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21
That is my life verse because I have seen it in action. There is nothing I have done in my power… it has all been Him, since the beginning, doing immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine. He deserves all the glory!
Stephanie, you feel God always has a secondary reason for you on each project you’re a part of, share about that.
I actually would go as far as to say He has a primary reason for each project I’m a part of. The acting is secondary. God looks at hearts and His desire is to see those hearts draw near to Him. When I am blessed to get to play a role in a film, I have learned to keep my heart open to what other hearts God wants me to touch along the way. Sometimes it is getting to share my testimony with someone on the plane or car ride to set, sometimes it is getting to pray with one of the crew members, sometimes it’s inviting someone (a cast or crew member) to a Bible study so they can deepen their walk with the Lord and sometimes God wants to touch and change my heart in the process. This perspective gives me so much more purpose behind every film I am a part of. It is such a joy and adventure I get to go on with God that deepens my own walk with the Lord too!
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