November30 , 2022

    Interview with actress Shari Rigby of hit movie Overcomer

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    The hit faith-based movie Overcomer has grossed more than $34 million and will release on DVD/Blue-Ray on December 17 in time for the holidays.

    The film now available digitally, opened in box offices on August 23 rousing $8.2 million, making it the largest ever opening for a faith-based film.

    Shari Rigby is one of the film’s stars, playing the role of Amy Harrison, the wife of coach John Harrison, played by filmmaker Alex Kendrick. Shari is known for her work in other faith-based films October Baby (2011), Not Today (2013), and The Least of These: Graham Staines Story (2019).

    A gifted director and author, Shari’s directing debut was for her book trailer for Beautifully Flawed, which she co-wrote and produced.

    Her inspirational work of non-fiction titled Consider The Lilies is due to release Easter 2020.

    SoCal Christian Voice caught up with Shari to discuss the movie Overcomer, her acting, directing, ministry, and amazing testimony of faith in God.

    OVERCOMER

    Overcomer is a great family movie. Why do you think this film resonates with audiences of all ages?

    What I think is so powerful is that people can relate with the characters they see on screen. The most beautiful thing about this movie is not only all the characters but that each one is dealing with identity and brokenness. Identity is a huge topic for us all, no matter our age—and that we need to keep our eyes focused on Christ.

    As a mom yourself, how do you think young people will connect with the character of young Hannah?

    We get to go on this journey with Hannah who has no idea who she is. She didn’t start out knowing she’s a child of Christ. In fact, she’s just walking through life trying to fill a void. Then all of a sudden, Hannah encounters these big questions of who am I and whose am I. And when she experiences (identity in Christ) and understands this, she can continue to do her best right where she is at. That is powerful. That is what teenagers and everyone can identify with.

    The message of this film is to keep your eyes on Christ and rediscover who you are and who He created you to be.

    Tell us about Amy Harrison, wife of Coach John Harrison. How did you identify with her personally?

    It was a powerful reminder for me—a boy mom myself (ages 32 and 19 years old) and being married 22 years to a husband that wants to be the hero and provider of the family— that I can speak life into him and over him and be his partner. Amy Harrison got to be that partner and lift her husband up and also others she encountered.

    What is the central messaged conveyed in the film?

    I think the central message is discovering the love of the Father and identity. This movie is rooted in the book of Ephesians with a message woven all the way through of who am I and whose am I? And how do I identify in life? Is it Christ who identifies me, or do I walk in what the world has to say? The message of this film is to keep your eyes on Christ and rediscover who you are and who He created you to be.

    How can we purchase Overcomer?

    It’s available now digitally. For more information go to  http://www.overcomermovie.com/

    About Shari

    How long have you been a Christian?

    My mom was a Sunday school teacher. But I didn’t really know much more than the stories and treats on Sundays. When I was about 13, we attended a church where the pastor was more fire and brimstone. At that age, I just knew I didn’t want to go to hell. The beautiful thing is, I may not have known all about who God was at that time, but He knew me. He saw me.

    I lived a reckless lifestyle for many years.

    When I was 25, my second official date with my (now) husband was to go to church. I was devastated by this because I thought that everyone was going to know I was like this scarlet letter. We ended up going to a Calvary Chapel in Arizona. I just remember that within the short time of attending this church I heard a message of grace that I’d never heard before: no matter where you’re at, Jesus wants