This is hard for me to write. I’ve mentioned it here and there on the blog, and if you know me, you’ve zero doubt of my belief, but trumpeting a label? Well, it’s uncomfortable. This is not because I have any shyness or reserve in regards to what I believe. What’s uncomfortable is how other people respond to you once they hear a label attached. You see, everyone (me included) has preconceived notions and judgments attached to labels. Once you hear that label, you automatically attach expectations to that person based on what your past knowledge and experience has accumulated in respects to that title.
For example: You read essays by a historical writer about the Reagan presidency. You have no knowledge of said writers beliefs, and therefore, you read the writings as history.
Say you found out that the writer was a democrat. Suddenly, an innocuous statement like “The US invaded Granada, a nation so small that American troops had no trouble overthrowing the opposition within days” becomes charged with ‘big stick’ mentality and a not-so-hidden judgment upon US-foreign involvement.
Likewise, when I say I’m a Christian in Hollywood, depending on your background, you’re likely to attach numerous expectations and beliefs that may or may not align with anything I believe or profess. You might think I shouldn’t be an actress. You might think I would only do Christian films. You might roll your eyes and discount me as an artist. You might hear me drop an F-bomb in “The Last 5 Years” and question my belief. You might see me wrestle with a director over a sex scene and question my craft. I think you can see the thorns inherent in this discussion.
If I may, I’d like to take you on a journey of what it means to be a Christian in Hollywood, for me specifically, in my usual candor. I’m sure there are plenty of others who have written on this with better understanding and experience than I, but it might be interesting to you to hear from my perspective. Or not. You know what? Who cares what you think? Go f#*! yourself. This is my blog and I’ll write what I want.
See what I did there? : )