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Ep. 76—Playing Jesus on The Chosen—Jonathan Roumie

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 02, 2020 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Catholic actor Jonathan Roumie plays Jesus in The Chosen, the first multi-season TV series about the life of our Lord. He joins the podcast to discuss his approach to playing the God-Man, the spiritual impact of the series, its groundbreaking approach to funding and distribution—and his devotion to the Divine Mercy.


[1:10] The unique production, financing and distribution of The Chosen

[10:01] Filming locations and research for the first season of the show

[13:48] How Jonathan was cast, his preparation process

[23:00] Story behind Jonathan’s connection to the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

[32:23] Portraying the mundane physical actions of Jesus

[38:27] Humor in The Chosen and depicting Jesus’ sense of fun

[41:40] Portraying Jesus’ relationship with His Father

[49:20] The show’s use of flashbacks and Scriptural typology

[56:52] The cast’s religious diversity; the spiritual impact on the show on its makers and viewers

[1:00:40] The forthcoming second season and growth of VidAngel Studios

[1:03:55] Jonathan’s work as an illustrator and his ideas for future pursuits


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Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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