Before Jonathan Roumie landed a role as Jesus on The Chosen, he ran out of money “and had no other alternative than to completely and wholly rely” on faith.
That’s according to a recent interview Roumie did with NewsNation.
The Chosen is a historical drama and an Angel Original series about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Roumie, who plays Jesus, has also starred in the movie “Jesus Revolution,” which is about the Jesus movement of the 1960s and ’70s.
When Roumie was growing up, he told Adrienne Bankert of NewsNation that he wanted to be an astronaut, but by high school, he knew he wanted to work in film. After deciding to pursue directing, he tried acting to be a better director. And he ended up sticking with acting after booking his first role.
After Roumie spent three years in Los Angeles pursuing his acting career, he realized his idea of how his career was going to go was different from reality. “I got to a point where I was desperate and out of money and out of food and I just realized in the moment that I had no other alternative than to completely and wholly rely on my faith and to just offer everything up in prayer,” he told Bankert. “To surrender my notions, my concept of what it meant to have a career, to be successful, to survive, and just offer that up to God.”
You can watch the interview with NewsNation in the player below and read this full story on Deseret News here.