Candace Cameron Bure: 'God's My Best Friend'
The former 'Full House' child star talks about being a Christian in Hollywood and actors who use faith for publicity.
It doesn't [happen] in our family. There's a lot of people who aren't Christians, and we have a lot of friends who aren't Christians—who are Buddhists, who are Jewish, who are Hindu, and we still have great get-togethers. We love to share our faith in Christ, but it's not about being judgmental in that sense. It's about sharing and wanting them to see their need for Christ. We're certainly strong in sharing that. But, it isn't uncomfortable because it isn't a battle. We love Jesus and want to share Him.
In one scene in your new movie, the main character, an actor, is told by his director, "No one can relate to your archaic Christian ideology." Have you ever encountered someone who reacted that way to you in response to your beliefs?
No one's been as rude to me as that director was in the "The Wager," but certainly people have thought I've been a little crazy for having some of the beliefs that I do or just standing firm to the beliefs that I hold and not willing to do certain things.
I know that Christ doesn't say it's gonna be an easy life, but he's there to get us through it. I believe with all my heart the Bible to be true. So, no matter what comes before me in those trials or those arguments or those people who have those things to say, that's okay.
How hard is it to be a Christian in Hollywood?
It's very difficult to be a Christian in Hollywood, although it's easy to just say no. That's my choice and I can always say no. I have an easy out or an easy answer if I want it to be easy.
There's not a lot of family content, moral content, or faith-based films out there that are great-quality films. That's why I'm so supportive of a film like "The Wager."
Are you now choosing your film roles based upon whether they are family-friendly, wholesome, and Christian?
Absolutely. I will only do family-friendly films or television. They don't have to necessarily be Christian films, but I want to be in things that I'm comfortable having my children and husband watch. They come first in my life, not the film industry.
There are great scripts out there and we have found them, and those are the scripts and movies and television roles that I want to be a part of, and just keep urging producers and directors out there to keep making them because I know the public really wants them too.
Interview by Dena Ross
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