Gianna Simone, well-known for her roles in the blockbuster Christian films like “Unbroken,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “God Bless the Broken Road” and “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” believes that every person has been given a platform to reach others, and how they use it is important.
In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Simone said that the greatest thing she ever did was start talking about her faith publicly.
“It’s the greatest thing you can ever do in your life — bringing God and showing people that He loves us through our deepest and darkest times, through our most beautiful glorious highs, and that He’s constantly with us, that He’s not mad at us, that He’s madly in love with us,” she said.
“I love God because it’s so true and real to me and God has brought me out of my deepest, darkest times too,” Simone shared. “I speak from experience — I have been in some serious lows in my life, horrible times.”
The actress, who stars in “Run the Race,” written by Jake McEntire and produced by brothers Robby and Tim Tebow, also noted how she loves how many faith-based films have been produced recently.
“I love that there’s more and more faith-based films coming out. It’s a beautiful thing to show people that believing in God is cool and believing in God is a good thing,” she said.
Simone, who grew up in the Boston fostercare system, shared with the CP that she has learned from her own personal experiences how even in bad times, God still lives in us and takes care of each of us.
“It makes you wake up and realize that there’s horrible things going on in the world and that we’re not alone. That there’s good people out there, that there’s God who lives in us through the Holy Spirit. And when we accept Christ into our heart the Holy Spirit comes in and then we can help each other and really be the hands and the feet of Jesus, loving on each other, taking care of each other, making sure that others are OK,” Simone said.
“People have done that to me,” she added, “so I think this film [‘Run the Race’] will really inspire people and show people that God’s here and even if it’s dark and dirty, God will bring you out of it and you’ll be better off for it.”
“Run the Race” tells the heartfelt story of two brothers who, after their mother dies and their father abandons them, struggle to find purpose and comfort in life.
In an interview with Faithwire, the film’s screenwriter, Jake McEntire, explained that the film is all about “how God changes one brother’s heart through the other brother. That’s what I think is encouraging about this.”
“And it’s not just the brother, it’s every character — the nanny, the coach, his girlfriend. The Holy Spirit is working through all of those people to woo this guy’s heart and bring him to himself,” McEntire added.
Simone, who plays the role of Dr. Stevens in “Run the Race,” pointed out that just like McEntire using his platform to glorify God, every single person has the ability to do so.
“I think God gives people platforms for a reason, and it’s my honor and privilege to show people and encourage people in this area because it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” Simone said. “It’s the most beautiful decision I’ve ever made in my life. And it’s not a bad thing!”
“Believing in God is so cool. Believing in God is so beautiful. There’s nothing bad about believing in God. It just blows my mind,” the actress said.