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Interview with Paul Kwo of God’s Not Dead 2

After the first God’s Not Dead movie release, I decided to reach out to some of the actors, hoping some might be willing to submit to an email interview I could post to my blog. Several consented! Paul Kwo was one of the actors who readily agreed. He appears in God’s Not Dead 2, and this time, I asked questions prior to the new movie’s release.

Are you thrilled to once again be involved in a God’s Not Dead Movie?

I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of another God’s Not Dead movie. It’s a wonderful pleasure to work with amazing people who are committed to the work of God around the world in the arts. I had a wonderful time in Little Rock, Arkansas shooting the movie and I look forward to seeing it in theaters when it premieres.

On what date will it release?

God’s Not Dead 2 will be released on April 1, 2016 in theaters everywhere. Check out for a complete listing of theaters that will be showing the movie.

Please remind my readers of the role you played and are playing in this second installment of God’s Not Dead.

I play the part of Martin Yip. He was a foreign student from China studying in the US at the University where the first story took place. At the end of the first movie, he was moved by the Spirit of God through the actions of the lead actor and decided to dedicate his life to God. This second installment of God’s Not Dead deals with Martin Yip’s new reality of being a Christian in a family of non-believers. He is now confronted with new issues that he has to overcome and decide for himself what actions to take next.

How many other actors/actresses who played in the first will be in the second as well?

From what I know we have 5 actors/actresses returning from the first movie to the second.

What new faces should we be watching for in God’s Not Dead 2?

Everyone! There are a lot of new amazing talents that have joined the film this time around and they are all great. There are just too many to list. So check out the movie’s website for detailed information about who’s in the new one.

How was it working with these folks on this film?

I got to work mostly with Hayley Orrantia in this film since those are the scenes I had. She was wonderful and super fun to work with. Of course I had scenes with some of the returning cast members and as always, they are awesome people to work with. The whole production has always been fun and positive, so it’s just a pleasure to work at.

How has appearing in the God’s Not Dead movies impacted your personal life and lives of those you personally know?

I have had a few people come up to me randomly in person or online thanking me for my work on this movie. It really gave me the encouragement I needed to know that this movie did have a real impact in people’s lives. That’s the most important part of doing this project. It’s good to know that something I did had a direct positive impact in so many people’s lives and gives me the strength to continue on my journey.

Many people say that when movies come out in extra parts, that none compare to the first one.  Will viewers find that God’s Not Dead 2 is as good as the first?

Unlike a lot of Franchises, God’s Not Dead took a slightly different route. Having new main cast members and a story that’s not bogged down by the first one, it gives it a really fresh take on the issue the movie franchise addresses. I believe God’s Not Dead 2 is different enough and addresses a very different part of the topic that viewers will find it just as exciting as the first one.

Are you working on any other projects at this time?

I’m working on my own Rock album. The single will be out sometime in late March, and the rest of the album will follow around late April. Be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram @paulkwo, or join my facebook fan page to get up-to-date with what I’m doing and how to get a copy of my new album. You can also visit to learn more as well.

I would like to thank Paul Kwo for his willingness to share about this upcoming film. Make plans now to attend God’s Not Dead 2!

Interview with “God’s Not Dead” actor Paul Kwo

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.”

The following is the interview I conducted with Mr. Kwo.

When did you become a Christian?

I came to know Christ early in life. I grew up in a Christian home.  My Dad is a Pastor.  Both my parents are Christians.  My grandparents are also Christian.  I know at least one of my great grandmothers was a Christian.  I don’t know about the others.

How did you come to play a part in “God’s Not Dead?”

I mainly auditioned.  I got cast in it through Billy Damota Casting.  That’s pretty much it. There wasn’t anything special that I did…just a simple audition.  I actually auditioned with Jesse who plays my father.

Is this your first experience with acting?  If not, what other roles have you played?

I’ve done other roles.  I have done co-star spots for Scrubs and Knight Rider (the new one that only lasted one season).  I also do a lot of ADR work for big blockbuster movies and TV shows.  Last year, I worked on Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Gangster Squad, Blacklist and many others.

How did you enjoy working with Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo?

I loved working with them both.  They are both serious actors who take the craft with weight.  The whole cast was just great.  Everyone really wanted to make the acting in the film high in quality.  We definitely didn’t want your typical badly acted Christian film.  I also got to hang out with Shane a lot because we had a similar shooting schedule. He was a lot of fun to be around.

Do you hope to play other parts in future productions?  Is there anything currently in the works?

I’m definitely down for other parts in future productions.  I don’t know what the latest is on the future and if there’s anything planned for me.  Maybe you can convince Pure Flix to keep me around.

Are you surprised by the support for the film on its opening weekend?

I’m not surprised by the support.  But to see the film exceed all our expectations in the box office was amazing.

What is your favorite Christian based film?

I like Passion of the Christ and the Narnia series.  I just like well-made movies.  But there are some foreign small budget Christian films from Hong Kong that I like.

How do you hope “God’s Not Dead” ministers to people?

I think the most important thing God’s Not Dead can do is to get people to start talking. For some, it may directly convert, for others it may not.  But I think the most important thing for us as human beings is to allow ourselves to engage in this conversation. That’s the most important thing. If we stop the discussion and close the book, then there’s a problem. We should over and over re-examine our lives and our Universe and make that determination for ourselves whether we believe God is dead or alive.

Thanks for inviting me to an interview.

I appreciate the opportunity to host this interview with Paul Kwo and hope to post other interviews in the days to come. And remember,

“God’s Not Dead!”

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