The woman playing Jasmine in Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake of “Aladdin” once served as a worship leader at her church in the United Kingdom.
— Disney’s Aladdin (@disneyaladdin) December 19, 2018
Best known for starring as the pink ranger in the Power Rangers reboot a few years ago, Naomi Scott is also a recording artist and was a worship leader. In fact, her parents are pastors at the Bridge Church in the U.K.
In an interview last year with HypeBae, Scott described God as the “ultimate creative force.”
“Growing up in the church fostered an inner spirituality that also introduced me to the concept of music having a deeper meaning,” she said. “There has always been a connection between my faith, and realizing that music can have a soul and purpose, which has ultimately affected the way I approach the art.”
The Disney star, who has used her platform to stand up for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, went on to say her role as a worship leader “directly” shaped her view of art and music.
So many christians being targeted in Egypt and other areas. Praying for all my brothers and sisters around the world who face persecution.✝️
— Naomi Scott (@NaomiScott) May 26, 2017
Scott told The Huffington Post that she “grew up singing in church actually,” performing gospel music from a young age.
As for her role in the new “Aladdin” movie, she tweeted in October she’s “blessed” to play the part of Jasmine.