My Church family attended opening night of “God’s Not Dead,” and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I posted a blog about the film, a synopsis and some personal thoughts, but then I decided to contact some of the actors/actresses and see if they’d agree to an email interview for my blog. The first to graciously accept was Paul Kwo, who played “Martin Yip” in the movie. (For those familiar with the movie, he played the foreign student and the first to stand and proclaim, “God’s Not Dead.”) Then Cory Oliver agreed to answer a few questions. (She played “Mina” the Professor’s romantic interest.) Now I’m excited to share with you my third email interview. This time you’ll be hearing from Trisha Lafache who played “Amy,” the reporter.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m from New York and not married. I attended both college & law school, but I was acting professionally even when I was in law school.
What is your religious background?
I’m Catholic…always have been. My father’s cousin is a priest and I grew up going to hear him every Sunday. I’ve never struggled with faith. I’ve always had it…always believed in God.
What part did you play in the film?
Amy, the reporter.
Can you relate to the character you played in “God’s Not Dead?”
I can relate to my character Amy in many ways…specifically, her drive. I think I know a lot of people who are singularly minded about their career. I think being a story teller is a beautiful thing especially when you get to tell a story that touches so many people. Sadly, in my profession, there are a lot of narcissists. There is a lot of narcissism. To me narcissism & selfishness & being self-obsessed is really glorified with people constantly on their phones & taking “selfies” but really people are more lonely as a result. I think Amy is really lonely. She clearly has a boyfriend who does not care for her. They cut a scene, her final scene in the movie, when she calls her mother from the Newsboys dressing room and it’s clear they haven’t spoken in some time. I missed that scene because I thought it was really important. So do I relate to her? My answer is I understand her. I mean I understand how she got lonely…busy…isolated. I understand how she thinks by “winning” she’ll be a winner. I’d like to see Amy be of service to others. I think that would make her feel better about her life than the things she tries.
Did you enjoy working with the leads Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo?
I think Shane & Kevin are terrific in the film but we did not work together.
With what part of the cast were you able to spend time?
I worked with the Robertson’s who were sweethearts. Willie kept moving forward and they kept telling him not to and he said: “I’m sorry, she’s just so AGGRESSIVE.” That was hilarious. I also worked with the Newsboys, who were pure joy.
Are you surprised by the response to “God’s Not Dead?”
I’m completely shocked by the film’s success. Pleasantly, obviously.
Tell us some of your favorite parts of the movie
My favorite line in the movie is,
“Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life without trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God.”
I love the scene. I think the actress does such a great job. I think my favorite thing about the film is that it celebrates the beauty of faith. I think that most people who don’t have faith lost it because hard things happened to them and I think that’s when you need faith the most.
After watching the film together with friends, we left the theater feeling very joyful. I like that about the movie as well. I think Benjamin & David’s scenes are so happy & light.
Have you heard any negative comments about the movie?
People have criticized the film for portraying the theists as mean and awful people. I find it funny only because I play a theist and the feedback I’ve been getting is that people were crying their eyes out when I break down at the computer and when I pray with the Newsboys. Also I feel, and I can only speak for my performance, that it was important for me NOT to play her as completely unlikeable/evil. I was very clear with our fabulous director, Harry Cronk, I was not interested in playing her as one dimensional and he was very supportive. I don’t think theists are mean/awful people. I think people are people. Being kind and full-hearted can sometimes be challenging. I believe faith helps.
Thanks so much to Trisha Lafache for taking time to answer some questions. You can follow her on Twitter @TrishaLafache.
Be watching for future actor profiles!