Who Played Jesus In The Chosen

Jonathan Roumie – Wikipedia

Jonathan Roumie
Roumie in January 2020
Born New York City,New York, US
Education School of Visual Arts(BFA)
Occupation Actor
Known for Performing asJesusinThe Chosen
Awards Grace Prize for Most Inspiring Performance for TV, Movieguide

Known for his portrayal of Jesus in The Chosen, a television drama series on the life of Jesus, Jonathan Roumie is an American actor who was born in New York City. He also works as a voice actor.

Early life

Roumie was born and raised in New York City, New York, and is a native of the city. His father is of Egyptian descent, while his mother is of Irish descent. Jonathan professes to be a Christian. His ancestors belonged to the Greek Orthodoxdenomination at the time of his birth. Following that, they became members of the Roman Catholic Church. He graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in cinema.


Roumie has been in a number of television programs, including The Good Wife, As the World Turns, and Castle, among others. He is most recognized for his role as Jesus in the film The Chosen. ‘Once we were Slaves/The Two Thieves’ was his first appearance as Christ, in a traveling multi-media show about the life of St. Faustina titled Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, and his second appearance as Christ was in ‘Once we were Slaves’. Roumie is also a co-producer, co-director, and main actor in The Last Days: The Passion and Death of Jesus, a live production about the passion of Christ that he co-wrote, co-directed, and performed in.

Celebrity Deathmatch is an MTV series in which Roumie has voiced a number of different characters.

He recorded his first original song, “Outta Time,” for the album Unbreakable, which he co-produced.

He is the founder and director of an entertainment fellowship for Christian entertainment industry people.

Personal life

Roumie has worked as a ministry leader and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church during his time in the ministry. He is on the boards of directors of two non-profit media organizations: Catholics in Media Associates and the G.K. Chesterton Theatre Company, where he serves as vice president. Since 2009, he has been stationed in Los Angeles. In 2020, he was nominated for the Order of St. Gregory the Great, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Pope.

The Chosen

A number of publications, including the National Catholic Register, America Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Irish Times, have praised Roumie’s portrayal of Jesus Christ in The Chosen.


Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2022 Movieguide Awards Grace Prize for Television The Chosen, Episode 2.8 – “Beyond Mountains” Nominated
2020 Movieguide Awards Grace Prize for Most Inspiring Performance for TV The Chosen, Episode 1.8 – “I am He” Won


Year Name Role Ref Notes
2019–2021 The Chosen Jesus 16 episodes
2020 Chicago Med Christian Edwards
2019 Ballers Splyce Owner
2017 The Mindy Project Dr. Montpellier
2016 The Good Wife Monte Ecklund
2015 Dog With A Blog Dr. Monfore
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles Perry Gaffney
2014 Interns Felix
2014 The Newsroom Bartender
2014 NCIS Officer Gerard
2014 Hart of Dixie Jeffrey
2014 Castle Serge Belmonde
2012 Parenthood Cop
2007 As The World Turns Jim Fellows 7 episodes
2008 LawOrder Richie Citrone
2006 Oh! Be Joyful! Jim James Indie Pilot


Year Name Role Ref Notes
2023 Jesus Revolution Lonnie Frisbee
2017 Life Hack Greg Scheckler
2016 Let It Bleed The Sadist
2016 Dead Bullet Viktor
2015 YouI, My Dear Ken
2015 The Funeral Guest Luke
2014 Once we were slaves Jesus RenamedThe Two Thieves
2013 A Day In The Country Hal Canon Imagin8tion Contest Winner
2013 Saving Lincoln John Wilkes Booth
2012 K-11 Rookie Stewart
2008 Revolutionary Road Party Guest
2007 West 32nd Lloyd
2005 Prime Bakery Counterman


Year Name Role Notes
2016 Mafia III Additional Voices
2015 Fallout 4 Jack Cabot, Doc Weathers, Honest Dan
2010 Mafia II Italian Civilian, Gangster, Greaser
2003 Batman: Dark Tomorrow Tim Drake/Robin


Year Name Role Ref
2013 Trainspotting Sick Boy
2012 Anaconda(*Best of Hollywood Fringe – 2012) Phil Becker


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NEW You may now listen to Fox News articles while you work or commute! LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Hollywood, there are few things that are more difficult to complete than portraying historical characters. A similar challenge awaits Jonathan Roumie on the set of ” The Chosen,” in which he portrays one of history’s most memorable figures: Jesus. According to the show’s Facebook page, ” The Chosen ” is the first multiseason television series to focus on the life of Jesus. In addition, more than 15,000 contributors contributed more than $10 million to the show’s production.

  • Roumie, 45, is at the heart of it all, and he just won a Movieguide Award for his performance.
  • Fox News Channel (FNC): What exactly is the plot of “The Chosen”?
  • As for the spectators, ideally they will have a similar type of shift inside themselves or at least a new perspective on who Christ was and the people with whom he lived, had his experiences with, and spent his time with throughout the course of the documentary.
  • A humbling experience, and the highest honor of not only my professional but also personal life.’THE CHOSEN’ $10M CROWDFUNDED SHOW IS OUT NOW: ‘EXPERIENCE JESUS IN A WAY THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE’ is the motto of this event.
  • A few years ago, our creator-director Dallas Jenkins cast me in a short film for his church’s Easter service.

After that experience, in which we had a terrific time working together and we had a genuine connection with the material and with my portrayal of Christ, he invited me back twice more over the course of two or three years for different additional projects, all of which were similar in nature.

  • It would be wonderful if you could be a part of it.” “When do we get started?” I inquired.
  • “I usually say that portraying Christ has just made me a better version of myself because I strive to bigger things, to a higher moral foundation, than I did before I began to play him.” — Jonas Roumie’s e-mail address is [email protected].
  • “The Chosen” was my second time around with Dallas, and I was looking forward to delving even deeper into the part.
  • After then, it’s just a matter of attempting to fit it into my regular routine.
  • Roumie:I often say that portraying Christ has just transformed me into a better version of myself since I now aspire to greater achievements and a higher moral foundation than I did before taking on the role.
  • However, it has prompted me to strive to be a better person in general.
  • Fox News Channel (FNC): Can you tell me about how your Catholicism has affected your performance?
  • There’s a lot of history here.
  • When it comes to different religions and various denominations of the faith, I believe that it has shaped me into a really open and accepting person.
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“People want to witness a high-quality program that represents their beliefs, their perspectives, and their ideals, as well as people that they recognize and characters that they are familiar with on a spiritual level that is personally meaningful to them.” Jonathan Roumie is the author of this piece.

  • Fox News: I THOUGHT I WAS A DECENT LEGO BUILDER,’ says Will Arnett, the host of the hit show “LEGO MASTERS.” But after being on set, he learned otherwise.
  • Individuals desire to watch a high-quality program that represents their religious beliefs, their thoughts, and their concepts, and that includes characters that they recognize and characters that they are familiar with on a deeply spiritual level.
  • The first time this has ever been done in terms of a multi-season television series is finally here, and not because there hasn’t been any decent things before.
  • “Behold, I’m doing something fresh,” according to my interpretation of Isaiah 43:19.
  • In the history of television, the fact that you can watch this program by just downloading a free app and then effectively seeing the first few episodes for free throughout the entire world at the same time has never been done before.
  • Fox News Channel (FNC): There have been some comparisons suggested between “The Chosen” and “The Passion of the Christ” in terms of plot and characters.
  • Roumie: A common theme among many who have drawn a similarity between the two films, I believe, has been their emotional response to Jim Caviezel’s depiction of Jesus in the film.


He was also shown to be without a British accent – no insult intended to the British – which was something we hadn’t seen before and which seemed genuine.

What kind of pals did he have?

How did Jesus manage to stay alive while on the road when he was initially starting his ministry?

Getting to portray those aspects of someone with whom I’ve had an intimate personal relationship for my whole life has been a really exciting experience for me as a performer.

And in that regard, we’re distinct from other projects because, unlike “Passion of the Christ,” which was the highest-grossing independent film of all time, we’re the most successfully crowdfunded media project of all time on Kickstarter.

But, I believe, the thing that people have responded to the most is the fact that there is a human side to Christ that is being presented on film, which has never been done previously.

Everything that happens to me is thus something that God has either permitted or forbidden in some way.

Fox News Channel (FNC): What influence has your personal religion had on your professional life in Hollywood?

I also do a lot of voiceover work for video games, which has had an impact on my willingness to take on certain types of projects that could appear gratuitous in some elements of the genre, whether it’s violence, profanity, or something along those lines.

Having an organic shift in my desire to participate in a mode of storytelling as an actor and a player that uplifts people and the human spirit, that demonstrates to people that Hollywood is more than just R-rated films filled with profanity and all sorts of stuff that kids shouldn’t watch or that even teenagers shouldn’t be exposed to, has been a natural progression for me.

  1. As a result, it has given me hope that something like this exists and that people are interested in seeing it.
  2. (“Those Who Have Been Selected”) Fox News Channel (FNC): Do you ever receive negative feedback about your religion or your portrayal of Jesus?
  3. But, you know, this is the first series in which I’ve ever had a leading role, so who knows what may happen.
  4. Whatever happens, I don’t feel that my fate is in the hands of males, regardless of whether they dominate the business or not.
  5. My life is in the control of God.
  6. So I simply continue to put my faith in him, knowing that no matter what happens, he has my back.
  7. According to Fox News, do you get bored of hearing people make Jesus-related jokes?
  8. I have a good sense of humour that holds up very well.
  9. We’ll say things like, “What if Jesus overslept one morning?” or something along those lines when we’re not on set because a lot of these scenes can be very emotional and very heavy.

I believe that the inevitable sense of humour that comes with playing a character like this is always acceptable, as long as it is done in good taste. It is currently possible to watch “The Chosen” online via the onThe Chosen app.

The Actor Who Portrays Jesus in ‘The Chosen’ is Aware of the Honor and Responsibility He Now Bears

In his depiction of Jesus in the television series The Chosen, actor Jonathan Roumie, a devout Roman Catholic, told the Irish Times that Pope Francis’ message of mercy had influenced his work as an actor. In attendance at the Avalon Hollywood 28th Annual Movieguide® Awards was Jonathan Roumie. (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License) “My mother is Roman Catholic—from she’s Ireland—and my father is Egyptian, and his father’s father is Syrian. My mother is from Ireland, and my father is from Egypt.

  1. The Christian believes that “if I truly practice my faith, God is a part of my existence in everything that I do.” “God is a part of my existence in everything that I do,” the Christian believes.
  2. In an Instagram post, Roumie characterized it as “the highest honor of my spiritual life, as well as the fulfillment of a boyhood desire.” The Chosenis a television series based on the life of Jesus of Nazareth that will run for several seasons.
  3. Approximately 75,000 individuals donated to season one’s crowdfunding campaign, and 125,000 people contributed to season two’s campaign, with 86 percent of those who contributed to season one subsequently contributing to season two.
  4. David Guffeyof the Congregation of Holy Cross; Doug Huffman, an Evangelical New Testament scholar; and RabbiJason Sobel, a Messianic Jew.
  5. The episodes were recorded on a set that was built in Utah by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to seem like a recreation of first-century Jerusalem.
  6. In terms of his acting career, Roumie stated that he is “interested in performing projects that enhance the human soul,” according to the National Catholic Register.

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Pope Francis meets actor who plays Jesus in ‘The Chosen’

13:01 p.m. on August 11, 2021 in the Rome Newsroom As part of his trip to Rome this week to see pilgrimage sites associated to the Gospels, the actor who portrays Jesus in the online series “The Chosen” met with Pope Francis on Wednesday, allowing him to realize a longtime ambition. In an interview with Catholic News Agency, Jonathan Roumie, a Catholic who has been bringing Christ to the screen for the evangelical Christian-produced series since 2019, said seeing the pope was “a boyhood dream come true.” From the time I was a child, I had a strong desire to meet the Pope and attend World Youth Day, but I didn’t know how to go about doing so.

His Spanish-language presentation to the Pope was brief, but he expressed his gratitude for Francis’ prayers for him as he continues to represent Jesus in the online series.

In his remarks after the event, Jenkins, an evangelical Christian, stated that the experience was “less of a personal issue,” but that the crowd was “very intriguing.” The musical is about Jesus and Jenkins says he told him, “I’m a Protestant, but I’m putting on a show about Jesus that people of all religions would love.” He was taken completely by surprise by the Pope’s reaction.

And I responded affirmatively.

“And I said, ‘no, no,’ to which he responded with laughter.” In addition to having a wonderful sense of humour, I found him to be an all-around lovely person.” Jenkins expressed his appreciation for the formality of the ceremony, saying, “I enjoy everything of it even if I don’t connect to it.” In Rome, the cast and crew of the television show “The Chosen” had the opportunity to tour ancient Catholic churches that house the relics of apostles and other biblical personalities that appear in the show.

  1. Relics of St.
  2. John the Baptist’s head are housed in the churches, along with the graves of the apostles St.
  3. Philip, among other things.
  4. Known in Rome as the ‘Scala Sancta,’ the marble stairwell, which was given to the city by St.
  5. As he described it, “walking up the steps on my knees.
  6. Peter’s Basilica, where he discovered the bones of St.
  7. Harmon is the CEO of Angel Studios, which distributes “The Chosen.” According to Harmon, there was a lot of history involved with the encounter.
  8. Padre Pio’s grave in the Italian town of San Giovanni Rotondo, which is about a four-hour drive from the capital city of Rome.
  9. Padre Pio for numerous years, which grew stronger during the pandemic as he joined others in prayer via livestream on social media.
  10. “That went on for 40 days,” he continued.

Roumie stated that he has attempted to understand “how Christ would have experienced joy, happiness, despair, rage, and loneliness” through his role in “The Chosen.” According to him, the question is this: “How might I feel the most apparent characteristics of God’s love, mercy, and compassion?” “May you tell me how I can extend that to the other persons on the scene?” (The rest of the story follows below.)

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  • The first season of “The Chosen” focused on the first meetings between Jesus and his first disciples, which included Simon Peter, Matthew, and Mary Magdalene.
  • The first few episodes of the second season deal with Jesus’ rising popularity, and the season concludes with the Sermon on the Mount.
  • The righteous, holy wrath of God has been glimpsed here and there, but I haven’t yet been forced to get to the point where we’re flipping tables.” “I believe that’s going to be incredibly fantastic,” he expressed his excitement.
  • The series has amassed a large worldwide following thanks to its streaming app, which makes the show available in more than 50 different language options.
  • It’s unlikely that most people will watch it the first time they hear about it.
  • She is a Harvard University graduate who has worked in newsrooms on three continents and was given the Gardner Fellowship for her work with North Korean refugees.
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‘God Is Sowing Seeds for a Fertile Revival’ Says Actor Who Plays Jesus in ‘The Chosen’

PARIS, France — The French capital is home to the World Cup. The actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the television series “The Chosen,” told CBN News that he is humbled by the way God is using the show to affect millions of people across the world as he walked through Paris’ iconic Champs-Élysées this week. “Do you find yourself pinching yourself when you realize the significance of the part you are performing and how well the show has performed?” CBN News was the one that inquired. In response, Roumie said, “I’m not sure if I pinch myself, but I’m more like ‘bow my head to the ground’ because I never feel like I’m deserving of the things that are happening to me as a consequence.” Three years after the first episode aired, the series is now being shown for the first time on television screens across France, on one of the country’s most popular television networks.

  1. Despite the fact that we like our platform and that we have a free app that is open to everyone in the globe, being accepted by Canal + has been an incredible honor.
  2. “The connection between the disciples and Jesus, it is something I really admire,” stated one of the audience members.
  3. Moreover, despite the fact that it is available for free on their app, fans have contributed more than $40 million to the production budget, making it the greatest crowd-funded media initiative in the history of entertainment.
  4. And, as of today’s recording, the series has been viewed by more than 321 million people across the world.

Angel Studios’ Jared Geesey told CBN News that “we can’t reach a billion people only by speaking English,” and that “in order to reach a billion people, we have to open new languages.” ***Please subscribe to CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to guarantee that you continue to receive the most up-to-date news from a distinctively Christian viewpoint.

According to Célérier, who spoke to CBN News from Paris, “my aim is that people would connect, not with the program, but with Jesus via the characters in the show.” Célérier has organized hundreds of French pastors and Catholic leaders to hold follow-up outreach and discipleship activities during the length of The Chosen’s seven-season broadcast, which will take place between September and December.

An additional 3,500 Christians have volunteered to host small groups in their homes and other venues to debate the series, bringing the total number of volunteers to almost 5,000.

“We are preparing the fields, we are preparing the hearts with season one, but I hope that season after season people will connect more and more with Jesus,” he stated.

As Roumie explained, “Yeah, I believe it is already occurring, and I believe we are a contributing piece to the tale and to the achievement, by God, and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in ‘The Chosen,’ meets the pope in Rome

It is not every day that the Pope and an actor portraying Jesus Christ come face to face in the Italian capital. On the other hand, on Wednesday, August 11, when Jonathan Roumie met with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, the exact opposite occurred. In the words of Roumie, according to Religion News Service, “meeting the pope was essentially having a childhood dream realized.” This particular moment, spent with @Pontifex. pic.twitter.com/iIRhnGSH2I — Jonathan Roumie (@JonathanRoumie) on Twitter The date is August 12, 2021.

  • Additionally, Roumie has requested the Pope’s prayers for him while he performs as Jesus in the film The Chosen.
  • From the Last Supper to Christ’s Resurrection, Roumie ascended the 28 stairs on his knees, saying prayers from the beginning to the end.
  • The Chosen, which has had more than 300 million views globally, appeals to viewers of a wide range of religious faiths.
  • Many Latter-day Saints have also expressed interest in the show, and a biblical advisory council comprised of representatives from various religious traditions ensures that the language used in the series does not offend people of different faiths.
  • Season one of the show is also available on DVD through the website deseretbook.com.
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The Chosenis the first-ever multi-season television series to be based on the life of Jesus Christ. The Chosen, a film that was made outside of the Hollywood system, allows us to view Him through the eyes of individuals who were close to him. This television show is appropriate for anybody at any stage of their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus Actor in ‘The Chosen’ Talks About Show’s Christmas Special

In my opinion, there will always be some type of spiritual attack whenever you spend your time and energy to serving God and Jesus, as well as making Jesus’ name more widely known over the world. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement saying that The online seriesThe Chosen, which depicts the birth of Christ through the perspective of Mary and Joseph, just released a Christmas special that was shown in cinemas. With EWTN News In Depth, actor Jonathan Roumie talked about the show’s aim and his Catholic faith.

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We may see and meet Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him best, the disciples and his friends, and witness how they were influenced by his life, then we, as viewers, can be impacted by Jesus’ life as well, according to the director.

When asked about the possibility of spiritual attacks, he responded, “I believe there are always types of spiritual attack whenever you commit yourself to serving God and loving Jesus and making Jesus’ name more known over the world.” He claims that The Chosen, which is largely seen through the show’s app, has been downloaded in every country on the planet and has been translated into more than 50 languages so far.

Therefore, he said, “anytime that you undertake such an important duty and mission,” as it were, “you will always find yourself the target of hostile attacks from the adversary.” “However, it’s not a big deal because we all know how the narrative will finish.” In the same way as The Chosen has a worldwide audience in terms of watching, the people who develop and work on the program come from a variety of different backgrounds.

  • Dallas Jenkins, the show’s creator, is an evangelical Protestant, and a wide range of religious communities are represented on the set.
  • “I believe that TV shows, and even just workplaces, could use this as a guideline for how to kind of work and live and create a project truly in harmony,” Roumie said.
  • In his first role as Christ, Roumie worked on a Saint Luke Productions project about St.
  • Faustina.” “I did three days of filming on a project about St.
  • In addition to his personal devotion to the Divine Mercy, Roumie’s father has had a devotion to the Divine Mercy for the last 30 years.
  • Since then, he has included this devotion into his usual prayer routine.
  • Consequently, whenever I participate in the sacraments, I get an amazing sense of serenity.” “I believe that it brings me closer and closer to the degree of human perfection that we are always urged to strive for by Jesus,” he said further.

In a deeper spiritual sense, it is a contemplation on Christ’s life and existence; it is about who he is, what he accomplished, and what his sacrifice was.” In the end, Roumie believes that “everything is supposed to get us closer to the beings that God made us to be.” Roumie believes that

‘The Chosen’s’ Jonathan Roumie reveals what it was like to play Jesus (Part 2)

This is the second part of our conversation with Jonathan Roumie, who portrays Jesus in The Chosen, a new television series based on the Gospels, which will air in the fall. This multi-season television series portraying the life of Christ, written and directed by Dallas Jenkins, is the first crowdfunded media production in history and the most successful in the world. All eight episodes are presently accessible online on the show’s website, YouTube, and the VidAngel streaming app, among other places.

Zoe Romanowsky (Zoe Romanowsky): Many youngsters appear to be enjoying The Chosen (Parents should be aware that sequences of demonic possession in Episode 1 may be disturbing to smaller children), and many parents have informed me that their favorite episode is the one in which the children and Jesus are on the throne.

  • Jonathan Roumie (Jonathan Roumie): Because the entire episode was shot outdoors, it was a great way to start because it felt chronological.
  • I was able to use what I had learned from that experience to my subsequent time with the apostles.
  • The two bookends of Season 1 had the scenes that had the most emotional impact on me.
  • Mary Magdalene’s salvation is brought to you by Dallas and his crew, who wrote it so wonderfully and did such a good job constructing the plot up until this point.
  • That is why I am convinced that the writing is being guided by the Holy Spirit.
  • Then there’s the last episode, with the woman at the well, who is going through her conversion, as well as the hurt and anguish she’s been through, as well as her recovery.
  • It was really emotional for me to witness this woman’s conversion in front of my eyes as we were filming the event.

After that, there’s the scene with Nicodemus.

Again, it was a lovely moment that I shared with Erick Avari, who portrays Nicodemus, and I feel really fortunate and grateful to have had these opportunities and experiences.

I’m aware that there are plans for more seasons – Season 2 is now being written — but I’m not sure what they are.

I’ve got a long list of things I’d want to try.

To give you an example, Zebedee was never planned for more than a couple of episodes, but he just bursts off the screen and is such a joy to watch that they put him into other sequences later on.

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But I’m also aware that Dallas is drawn to material that has an emotional resonance for him; in fact, that’s what he prioritizes.

It’s one of the most powerful passages in the New Testament, and it has a special meaning for me.

Dallas is not obligated to follow time lines in the manner in which they are written.

But I’m looking forward to getting my hands on everything.

For me, what was new was learning about theological connections between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, and how they relate to one another.

I’ve learned about the origins of the Mass as well as the significance of certain events that occurred in the New Testament and how much they correspond to events that occurred in the Old Testament and what the significance was, such as the Passover Seder and what it all means and how it applies to the Last Supper and the Mass.

  1. Learning about Jesus’ culture was fresh to me in a manner that I had never studied before, and it piqued my interest, prompting me to want to learn even more.
  2. I’ve also visited Temple to get a taste of what it’s like.
  3. Because of this, I’ve reached a point where I’m attempting to show more compassion and love to my fellow man on a regular basis.
  4. I believe it has made me more empathetic, more open, more ecumenical, and even more grateful of our religion and the sacrifice of the Mass as a result of my experiences.
  5. You indicated that you recently participated in a 40-day Holy Hour on Facebook, during which you recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet for others.
  6. It was found by my father around ten years before I became interested in it.
  7. I have a narrative of how I came to the conclusion that I wanted to begin praying for it one day.

The Orthodox celebrations were taking place during a period of my life when I was very aware of the arts and the beauty behind them.

on the mailboxes outside my front door.

About three years after I relocated to Los Angeles, a friend forwarded me an audition tape to submit for the role of Christ in a one-woman traveling production about St.

Luke Productions.

John Paul’s commitment to it and how it has been able to genuinely touch the world in a positive way.

It can be difficult to explain this to people who are not Catholic.

As a result, I’m entirely happy with the fact that people aren’t interested in participating in this Holy Hour of prayer at the end of the day.

A lot of people have been inspired by this performance, and particularly by your portrayal of Jesus, and they are looking forward to seeing more of it; but, the intricacies of a pandemic are something none of us could have predicted.

Pre-production typically takes three months, followed by production, which takes around three months, and finally post-production, which takes another three months, therefore it is a time-consuming process.

Everything else is just icing on the cake.

This is a wonderful chance for us to improve our prayer lives and spiritual missions, as well as to truly be a light to the rest of the world, which is currently in the dark.

More information may be found at: It is referred to as ‘The Chosen’s’. Jonathan Roumie talks about what it was like to play Jesus on the big screen. Watch ‘The Chosen,’ an online series on the life of Jesus, for more information.

Jonathan Roumie: I First Portrayed Jesus in My Long Island Backyard

Using two six-foot-long planks and paint to simulate blood, eleven-year-old Jonathan Roumie recreated the crucifixion in his family’s garden on Long Island, New York. He was inspired by the story of Jesus Christ. “I fashioned some reeds to construct my own crown of thorns and walked along the Way of the Cross to the side of the garage—which would serve as my Golgotha,” Roumie stated via a video chat. “It was a beautiful day,” Roumie added. When Roumie first watched Robert Powell’s portrayal of Jesus in the 1977 filmJesus of Nazareth, he was inspired to recreate the crucifixion in his own way.

  • When I first started, I would plant the crucifix in the ground and secure it with cinder blocks, then walk on the cinder blocks and just kind of put my hands up, slipping them in behind the nails.
  • The fact that this set me up in a big sense, decades before I realized it, helped prepare me for what I’m doing now,” he explained.
  • When Roumie took on the role of Jesus in the Gospels years later, he was presented with particular instances of what he saw to be spiritual warfare, which he was unable to explain.
  • It was his first time preaching directly from the Bible on camera, and he enjoyed it.
  • This is something I shouldn’t be doing.
  • The scenario was shot over a period of five days in total.
  • Roumie’s mission was defined when director Dallas Jenkins informed him, “None of us are worthy to be doing this, but we’re presenting this tale so people may know who Jesus is and why he came,” which helped him define his own goal.

“The Passion is not the only thing that the Rosary is about.

” Photo courtesy of the 130 Agency Roumie had committed everything, except his acting career, to God before obtaining the part of Jesus on the television series The Chosen.

“There was this one particular day in May of this year.” I sat up and blinked my eyes open.

I had twenty bucks in my pocket at the time.

I couldn’t see any inspections in the distance.

My credit cards were completely depleted.

According to Roumie, his prayer for years was, “If there’s something else I should be doing, please show me what it is, because this is incredibly hard.” In my head, I genuinely said, ‘I submit.

But when it came to my professional life, I reasoned, ‘I should know better.’ I’ve got this, God; I’m the one who’s playing the part.

Later in the day, he discovered four checks in his mailbox.

‘I’m thinking about making this series,’ he says.

“We’re doing it through crowdsourcing,” Roumie stated.

“It was a really valuable opportunity for me.” My previous experience with real television shows was limited to one or two episodes.” Roumie had a difficult time determining his creative direction.

The idea of becoming a mimic has always been something I’ve wanted to accomplish since I was a child.

He is pleased to have inherited his father’s Egyptian ancestry as well as his father’s drawing abilities.

He worked on improving his sketching abilities and considered pursuing a career as a comic book artist.

I finally decided to pursue a career as a drummer.” Following graduation from college, he went on to play drums in a modern rock band with a friend.

They had finished producing an album and were about to embark on a tour when, according to Roumie, the recording company that was funding the tour went out of business.

I went out and got a regular job.

In 2009, he relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in film and television production.

Eventually, he ran out of money and options, leaving him with only a few credits to his name, one of which was a guest-star role on Mindy Kaling’s sitcom seriesThe Mindy Projectin 2017, in which he played Dr.

“Comedy has a built-in mathematical element to it.

It works practically every time if you follow the steps,” Roumie said.

Roumie received a phone call from Jenkins, the founder of The Chosen, just as he was about to give up.

According to Roumie, “It was an origin myth about how these robbers came to be crucified—what could’ve plausibly transpired to give the penitent thief his conversion on the cross.” Over the next three years, he appeared in two more short films directed by Jenkins, in which he played Christ.

Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, depicting the life of a Polish nun who became a saint in the mid-twentieth century, that he first appeared as Jesus.

Finally, when The Chosen came, Roumie realized that he only had four episodes to make a good first impression since Jenkins instructed him to “put the sandals back on.” “I put the sandals back on, and it was the beginning of the rest of my life,” Roumie recalls, recalling the request.

Some people have gotten a fresh lease on life thanks to the Chosen.

Then he makes an effort to imbue his relationships with a profound feeling of mercy, compassion, and love that he has experienced.

and then he evaluates the significance of those situations.

“The development of the Sermon on the Mount and the rehearsal of it were the most contentious points of controversy for certain individuals.” The Chosen’s season 2 finale, “Beyond Mountains,” had a scene in which he inquired of Jenkins whether there were any phases like the ones described in the episode.

According to Roumie, the Greeks were using stages as early as 3,000 B.C.

As a result, it’s going to be a little bigger than it would’ve been otherwise.

“We’re putting together the story,” he explained.

His explanation was that everything written into the play is based on historical, biblical, and political truth and plausibility criteria, and that the show is a work in progress.


Using historical context, he explained what the customs were and how they aligned with Christian beliefs.

“It’s what Rabbis do.” That’s what they say if they decide to select you.

That is a tremendous honor.

“I received my first Communion as a practicing Catholic.

“I guess that was the end of it,” he replied.

For some reason, I felt compelled to pray during the epidemic last year.

Roumie described the situation as follows: “Everything was on fire, both literally and symbolically.” In addition to people screaming at me and telling me I was in a cult, I would have to put up with a whole host of other things.

This is all these beads do: they simply focus your attention on that—on these prayers, which are designed to just center you,” Roumie explained.

I used to suffer from anxiety attacks, but after beginning to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet, they have subsided completely.

“I have a genuine passion for bringing people together around this one individual whom we believe to be the Son of God.

“I feel as if I was destined for this moment in history.

As long as he doesn’t tell me to do something else, I’ll just try to accept it as best I can,” he said.

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