I first became aware of Kimberly as a result of her role in Seven Deadly Words. Then we were able to meet in person at Pan Pacific Film Festival last month in Los Angeles. She’s every bit as beautiful in person as she is on camera and just a very sweet person.
Hi Kimberly. It was so great to finally meet you at the Pan Pacific Film Festival last month.
Thank you Sharon. It was nice to finally meet you as well! Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I live in Connersville, Indiana with my husband Nate. We have 5 children, 4 grandchildren, and 3 very spoiled pomeranians. We are active in our local church Higher Praise Worship Center, where I minister in dance with the Witness Dance and Deliverance Dance Ministry.
When did you first develop an interest in acting?
I remember watching Gone With The Wind as a child and watching Vivien Leigh closely as she portrayed Scarlett O’Hara and thinking to myself, “I could do that!” I never watched another movie the same. I was watching the acting more than I was following the story of the film.
What were some of your early acting roles?
I enjoyed being involved in the drama clubs in junior high and high school. During high school I played Cinderella in a stage production presented by the Stage Crafts Class, and played the leading role of Catherine Marshall in A Man Called Peter presented by the Tri-Epsilon Drama Club.
When did you discover film acting?
My being in film is totally a “God Thing!” One Sunday in church, our Pastor said in his message that “God wants you to re-visit your old dreams – those dreams you’ve swept under the rug and forgotten about. He wants to use you through those dreams.” The only dream I could remember was that of being an actress, but thought that seemed like a selfish dream. How could God use me in that, right? Then later I saw in the newspaper that a faith-based feature film Seven Deadly Words was going to be filmed in Connersville where I live! Leave it to God to drop a movie right in my neighborhood to get my attention!
Tell us about your role in Seven Deadly Words.
I play the role of Destiny, a member of Egypt Valley Church. The church is having financial problems and has just hired a new Pastor who’s ideas about making changes in the church are met with strong opposition from some of the church members. It was a fun role and the film is doing very well. It has received several awards.
What other faith-based films have you been involved in?
I played Cindy Porter (Kristen’s Mother) in the film Jackson’s Run, and am in the film Going On Vocation as myself. It is a documentary film about people who share their faith through their vocation – mine being acting and dance, and it is currently filming. In a video series about modern day Bible characters’ testimonies, I played Martha.
It’s been a blessing to be a part of 12 film projects, as well as 4 television programs and some video projects. While they are not all “faith-based” projects, I use a high moral standard deciding which films to be a part of. I have turned down film and television roles because of the language in the project.
Looking ahead to 2015, I have 2 roles lined up for feature films. In Losing Breen I will portray Breen Losslee, a woman suffering from Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and in The Text, I will play Angela Carmichael. Both films share a message of hope and forgiveness.
Tell us about your experience at Pan Pacific Film Festival?
I had a wonderful time working with producer David Wood and his staff at the PPFF. It was great to meet so many Christians who are involved in the film industry. One thing that blessed me was when two Los Angeles based actresses at different times had questions for me about my acting. They couldn’t understand how my resume was comparable to theirs, when I live in a small town in Indiana and they live in LA, right in the heart of the entertainment world. I explained that my acting is a ministry to me. God is the one who has been opening these incredible doors for me to so many projects. When I am cast in a film, I know it is God’s will I be on that movie set for His purpose-whether it be to encourage or minister to someone, or to just be an example of His love. Whatever it is, I pray for His guidance and all glory goes to Him.
What would be your dream role?
I guess I really never thought about it before! 🙂 I like to do drama with a message that speaks to people. Stories that truly change lives.
Thank you for your time.
Anything else you’d like to mention?
I’d like to encourage every person reading this to DREAM BIG and LIVE YOUR FAITH OUT LOUD! I’ve been told many times in my life that I “can’t” do something. By doctors, by family, by abusive relationships, by strangers and even by some “friends”. If you are seeking God and living your life in a way that is pleasing to Him, there are no limits! Love and Blessings! Kimberly