Interview courtesy of the Letters to God website
In the movie Letters to God (in theaters in April), Jeffrey S.S. Johnson plays Brady McDaniels, a postal carrier whose life is impacted by a young boy whose letters give him insight into faith and a relationship with God.
How did you hear about the film Letters to God?
Jeffrey: I heard about it just because it was an audition. It wasn't 'til later I knew much about David (Nixon, the director) and Possibility Pictures.
Why did you get involved with the project?
Jeffrey: To tell the truth, it was just a job at first. But it became so much more with every step along the way.
How has the experience affected you?
Jeffrey: It's pretty rare that an actor in my position gets to be involved in something so personally moving and gratifying. I'm just a gun for hire, so to speak. So, when I get the opportunity to tell such a delicate and inspired story, and make so many wonderful friends while doing it, it's really one in a million. I thank God for the chance to make something so beautiful.
Do you have a specific favorite moment from being part of this movie?
Jeffrey: Too many to list. I will say that often times, when I had to dig deep emotionally, I would recall a dear friend of mine who recently passed away, too soon gone, and she would help me get to it. I miss her dearly and was grateful to have her "co-direct".
What else would you like to share from the heart?
Jeffrey: Tanner & I were talking on set one day, and I tried to illustrate to him the importance of something like this. Sure, a gig is a gig, but to be involved with a piece of art that will affect people and affect the world in a good, hopeful, loving way, well, that's rare. I told Tanner, (or "Tiger", as I took to calling him,) that 30 years down the road he'll be able to look back on this experience with profound honor. I know I do already.
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