Courtney Lee Simpson has that quality of feeling familiar when she’s on camera. With her sweet smile and beautiful southern drawl, she just seems like someone you’d want to meet and spend time with. I was familiar with a number of her roles and finally at the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival got to see her in action as the love interest in Fat Boys. She did an amazing job of pulling off the role of Amy, a young mother struggling to raise her teenage daughter. 


When did you first develop an interest in film acting?

I started modeling at a young age and worked in theater productions while in school. After college I decided to pursue acting wholeheartedly. I signed with a local talent agent and ventured to New York City for a talent competition called IMTA. While there, I won many awards including Runner up for Actress of the Year. I then decided that film/television was for me.

What was your first film role?
My first acting role was for a television show called Vanished with Beth Holloway, that used to air on Lifetime.


What faith-based films have you been a part of?
I have been a part of seven faith-based films, two of which are in pre-production. The seven films are Fat Boys, Unconditional, Gramps Goes to College, The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah, Hope, The Lion (pre-production), and Love Waits (pre-production).

Tell us about your character in Fat Boys.
My character in Fat Boys is Amy Harper. She has been through struggles in life that make her feel unworthy, but yet is strong and she tries to hide her feelings. She is passionate in the word of God and knows deep down that he has a plan for her. She meets Jack, a youth pastor, played by Daryl E. Hall, and both realize that under different circumstances they still are so much alike. They both, along with other characters in the film, struggle with their own self-worth and they journey to try to find their true identity in Christ.


What was it like playing the mother of a teenager?
Playing the mother of a teenager was different because I have no children of my own. I used the Method Acting technique. Honestly, I really felt like Abi Harper’s, played by Callie Dowd, mother. We both acted like mother and daughter on and off set.


What has been your most challenging role to date?
The most challenging role to date would have to be the role of Josie in Killer in Me, because I wrote this film from a personal experience, directed it, produced it, and edited it as well. Honestly, it was very difficult because I had little to no clue what I was doing behind the camera, but I had a great cast. It was a huge learning experience and I am blessed to have learned so much.



What would be your dream role? What are your film goals?
My dream roles and film goals go together. I want to act in films/roles that have the ability to inspire and impact people worldwide.

Do you see yourself getting more involved behind the scenes as producer or director?
I do see myself getting more involved behind the scenes. I learn more about this industry every single day. I am like a sponge, I just absorb it. Currently, I am working behind the scenes at MissionWorx Films.


Anything Else?
I am filming two movies right now and have four films in pre-production. I am extremely excited about the upcoming projects. You can check out more of my work on my IMDB page.


About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a women’s ministry leader, popular media guest, and award-winning female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. Her filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the AFA “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, four prestigious ICVM Crown Awards including Bronze “Best Picture”, a finalist in the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards and dozens of “Best Writer”, “Best Director” and “Best of Fest” festival awards. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture.

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