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How Jonathan Roumie Navigates Fame: Everything ‘I Have is Because of [Jesus]’

How Jonathan Roumie Navigates Fame: Everything ‘I Have is Because of [Jesus]’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Jonathan Roumie’s big break in acting came when he secured the role of Jesus in the hit TV series THE CHOSEN.

THE CHOSEN’s reach has grown immensely over the years, and so has Roumie’s following.

In an interview with Crosswalk Headlines, the actor explained that the one thing that keeps him grounded is knowing “everything that I have is because of Him.”

“Jesus is the ultimate,” he responded when asked how he remains humble. “And if I’m trying to model my life after Him, He was the supreme example of humility. You look at the cross. There’s no one that was more humble than He was. And so I have to remember that everything that I have is because of Him — everything that I went through was to get to this point where I surrendered to Him. And as a result, He’s taken me out of the pit and put me here with you guys and [director] Dallas [Jenkins] and [actress] Liz [Tabish] and an incredible place.”

“I pinch myself every day. Words cannot really adequately describe how I feel, but all of it goes back to Him. And without Him, I am nothing,” Roumie continued.

He wants to give back to God to show his gratitude for how He has blessed him. Roumie does that by sharing his faith on social media and in the different places he travels.

He recently delivered his “first Commencement speech as Fellow Graduate and recipient of a Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa (honorary degree) at the Church’s own university, The Catholic University of America.”

“Surrounded by brilliant minds; artists, academics and students alike, all on fire for the Lord, the ceremony took place in Washington DC on the steps of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception,” he wrote in a post on Instagram. “Beyond gorgeous day.”

He encouraged the students to emulate Christ no matter where life takes them.

“I’ve realized that just because I play Jesus on a TV show doesn’t mean I can or I should stop being Christ to everyone I know when the cameras turn off, and neither should you,” he said.

“Just because you’re not an actor playing Jesus or a priest or a nun doesn’t mean you’re not meant to represent him at all times, wherever you go.”

Movieguide® recently reported on Roumie’s reflection on his life over the last six years:

“Six years ago, on this date, May 12th, 2018 (a Saturday), I was at the lowest point in my life without any glimmer of hope or aspirations of change,” Roumie wrote. “All I would do in this moment was submit to Jesus my existence and my purpose. By the grace, mercy, and mystery of God, through an act of complete surrender, my life would be changed forever, mere hours later.”

Having already spent decades failing to make it as an actor and down to the last $30 in his bank account, Roumie fully placed his confidence in Christ and was met by a sense of peace from the Lord that he was supposed to continue working in the entertainment industry. Later that day, he received multiple checks in the mail for residuals that hadn’t been paid out in months.

“Little did I know that six months later, I would be in Texas four episodes of an obscure faith-centered, crowd-funded, historical streaming TV drama about the life of Jesus called @thechosentvseries with this insanely talented band of brothers and sisters,” Roumie said.

“Everything was in God’s hands, with no guarantees. And we were all OK with that,” he continued. “It’s still astonishing to see how far we’ve come in that time, but an undoubted testament to the power of submission to the Lord and how much further He will take you if you let Him into your life, and specifically, your trials.”

“Thank you God for the abundance – nay, the embarrassment of riches more like – You have provided me in these subsequent six years,” Roumie added. “I am nothing without You. With Your help, for as long as I am able, not a day (or an anniversary) will go by where I do not reflect and give thanks to You for this sacred transition, this watershed turning point granted to me, Your unworthy servant, by Your loving hand in Jesus’ Holy Name I pray. Amen.”


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