Actress Patricia Heaton offers her view about The Purpose in Life.
On a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the three-time Emmy award winner and actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, Carol’s Second Act) explained how glorifying God rather than herself led to her successful acting career.
The Ohio native, started off her interview bragging about her father, Chuck Heaton, covered the Cleveland Browns for fifty years reporting for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She attended many sporting events, including the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. She joked that being a Browns fan was much like being a Catholic, “it builds character, you know, to follow the Browns…suffering. It goes with the Catholicism.”
Heaton was raised as a devout Catholic. One of her proudest moments was her fourteen months of sobriety, stating it affected her thinking and speech.
While attending Ohio State University, she became a sister of Delta Gamma Sorority. She later graduated with a bachelor of arts in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper. Heaton made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don’t Get God Started (1987), after which fellow students and she created Stage Three, an off-Broadway acting troupe.
Heaton stated that at the beginning of her career, God “shut every door.” She mentioned that when it was her time to go to Los Angeles to begin her acting career, it was detoured towards a missions trip.
Heaton said that “the first month I was there I went to an orphanage in Mexico with a Church.” She continues, “When I came back, I had a huge sense of peace that I never had before. I realized that I had been making the acting career the center of my life. You know as a Catholic, that there’s only one thing that can be the center of your life, and that’s your faith.”
“I wasn’t doing that, and I think God was withholding that until I made sure that He was the center of my life and not the career.” She focused on her faith in God and not her career because she believes she “can’t rely on those things because they don’t last. You have to know that the purpose of your life is glorifying God with your life, not glorifying yourself with your career.”
In the last few days, the trailer for the latest faith-based film from Kevin Sorbo, has gone viral on our YouTube channel, but not in a positive way. Within 3 days the views for the trailer went from under 400 to over 5,500, with over 130 comments – not in support for the project, but in jest.
The Reliant (2018), was awarded “Best of the Fest” at #GLCFF2019, has had a surge in views from those curious about what the film is about, after several people reviewed and shared it, not to help promote it, but to mock it, and criticize its content. Many YouTube users posted their sarcastic remarks, to oppose the films 2nd Amendment theme, calling it “propaganda” and a call to fight against AntiFa. Within the first month of posting, there were several “likes” to the trailer.
As of this post, there have been over 130 dislikes as a result of the negative viral trolling on the page. Most internet trolls create accounts for the sole purpose of masking their identity, so they can comment on various content and remain anonymous. One user, under the account (supertacticalbacon), stated “Damn you’ve exposed the secret antifa supersoldier plan now we’ll never destroy Christmas.” The comment is one of the top “liked” comments so far. The ratio of “Likes” to “Dislikes” on the trailer is is 2-to-1, in favor of the “Dislikes.”
With mass shootings in America on the rise, such as tonight’s shooting at a Pittsburgh Christian School Football Game, should Christians continue to support and defend the 2nd Amendment? Will the faith-based community, or supporters of the 2nd Amendment, step it up in support of the project? The Reliant is scheduled to be screened across the US for One Night Only in October 2019. For more on the project go to the page on our site: The Reliant (2018)
Our team is hard at work reviewing all the submitted films and scripts and will be posting the notifications on FilmFreeway by June 24th. We are excited about this year as we’ve had more submissions than ever. We have over 89 hours of films to watch and hundreds of pages of scripts to read. We are blessed to have a solid group of judges this season.