Yes to the second day of cast announcements! Who plays the “better half” of the truly perfect man? It’s Alia Souissi!
What’s it like to be dating the savior of the entire world? Is it a lot of pressure?
Oh, no pressure! We have a lot of fun together. Jesus is a fantastic euchre partner and even more of a killer on the dance floor… Actually, I’m single.
Do you relate a lot to your character in the film?
I was raised Unitarian Universalist, so I am interested in exploring all sorts of religions and spiritual ideas. I’ve been actively encouraged to keep questioning “What is the Great Mystery?” And, of greater importance, “How can we be more kind toward one another and toward our world?” It seems that Mariah has also been searching for her own take on religious philosophy. She seeks herself through various suitors who come from different theological backgrounds, before settling on Jesus. And although I don’t seek religious education through my suitors, I can certainly relate to bringing a lot of dates home and having parents not finding them to be good enough.
What are you looking forward to most about your involvement in Who Would Jesus Date?
I’m looking forward to being inspired by working with a brilliant group of artists and friends.
Tomorrow we’ll meet the actor playing the Father of Mariah, the man Jesus must impress.
The idea behind making the film Who Would Jesus Date? is simple: create a light-hearted fictional story that shows an iconic and hallowed figure in human history dealing with meeting a significant other’s parents. What if they don’t approve of Jesus, of all people?!
This satirical short film is first and foremost an artistic project and is not meant to be a theologically rigorous examination or an opinionated commentary on various religious passages or beliefs. That being said, Who Would Jesus Date? is meant to point us toward what really matters in our own belief systems and spiritual walks -- the core message of love, peace, and acceptance.
Members from the creative team, cast, and crew of Who Would Jesus Date? come from varying faith backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, agnosticism and atheism. The film’s script reflects that with humorous takes and innocent jokes about various religions.
We respect religious devotion and expression, and as a result are not seeking to offend, approve, or disapprove of anyone’s beliefs or any messages in any religious text. We are, however, seeking to challenge ourselves and all those might see the film to take stock of what’s really pertinent to our spiritual walks and what is not. After all, isn’t this what Jesus’s ministry was all about?
Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing this film with you!