Crosswalk Talk: Celebrity Christian Interviews
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Crosswalk Talk: Celebrity Christian Interviews

Michael Foust

Join us each week on Crosswalk Talk where we interview your favorite Christian celebrities. Hear how famous Christian figures keep their faith a priority in Hollywood and discover the best Christian movies, books, television, and other entertainment.


Some of our favorite interviews include:


⭐️ Chrissy Metz and Bradley Collins Discuss Their Heartwarming Children's Book on Prayer


⭐️ Patricia Heaton and David Hunt Talk Faith, Life and Their Adoption Film Unexpected


⭐️ Willie and Korie Robertson Open Up About The Blind and the Generational Impact of Faith


⭐️ Phil Wickham Talks New Album, Songwriting, and the Deconstruction Movement


Let us know what famous Christian celebrities you want us to interview for the show!

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Christian Filmmaker Jon Erwin Wants to Change Hollywood
January 25, 2024 - 16 min
The award-winning director who helped make Jesus Revolution and I Can Only Imagine box office hits says the goal behind his latest project is to build a faith-based, values-driven movie studio that will transform society with stories of hope and that will stand the test of time by outliving the people who founded it.  Director Jon Erwin last week announced he had co-founded a groundbreaking new independent studio, The Wonder Project, that already has more than $75 million in seed and Series A funding and that will create movies and television shows for the faith- and values-oriented audience. Erwin will serve as the chief content officer, while co-founder Kelly Merryman Hoogstraten, a former Netflix and YouTube executive, will serve as CEO.  Read the companion article: https://shorturl.at/eopvN Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sB8JK7N1fQ  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Actress Rose Reid Wants Viewers to Walk Away Feeling *This* After Watching Her Movies
January 23, 2024 - 9 min
Michael Foust recently sat down with actress Rose Reid to discuss her upcoming show 'A Thousand Tomorrows.' Here is a look at their conversation: Actress Rose Reid didn’t have to think long before accepting a role in the new Pure Flix series 'A Thousand Tomorrows', which follows the story of a female barrel racer who falls in love with a bull rider. Reid grew up around horses. In fact, she was actually a barrel racer. “When I was born, [my mom] was like, this girl is going to ride [horses] before she rides bicycles. So indeed I did,” Reid told Christian Headlines, laughing. Reading the script, she said, was like a dream come true. “This is exactly what I've always dreamed of doing.’ And it was just such a dream to get to work with the animals again,” she said. 'A Thousand Tomorrows' is based on the bestselling novel by Karen Kingsbury and tells the story of a cocky bull rider named Cody Gunnar (Colin Ford) who has a history of pushing people away until he meets Reid’s character, Ali Daniels. Kingsbury and her son Tyler Russell co-wrote the script. The Pure Flix series is about faith, Reid said, but the story is not “sugar-coated.” Watch the Video Interview:  https://youtu.be/3ObSRFgNjt4?si=L1KPKXKdaZZ1Y7XA  Read the Companion Article: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/it-is-a-story-of-faith-actress-rose-reid-says-of-karen-kingsbury-tv-series-a-thousand-tomorrows.html  *Please note: This interview was originally conducted in February 2023. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Chosen's Nick Shakoour Converts to Christianity: 'I Felt Like I Was Given a Brand New Body'
January 16, 2024 - 8 min
A well-known actor in The Chosen is opening up about his faith journey, saying he had never had a personal encounter with Jesus until he took the role in the Bible-based hit series and was influenced by Christians behind the scenes. Nick Shakoour, who portrays Zebedee, said that the series has had a significant impact on his life. His character is the father of James and John. "I literally felt like I was given a brand new body – brand new everything," he said, choking back tears. "... But since that's happened, I don't have the sensation of hunger, and I don't get thirsty. So now I've got to go out of my way to remind myself to drink water and eat – and I [formerly] was someone that would [eat] six meals a day … for the workouts. And it's like God came and went, 'No, you don't need all those six meals.' Read the Companion Article: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/popular-actor-in-the-chosen-converts-to-christianity-i-cant-help-but-talk-about-it.html Watch the Video Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Vinw6ZTnw   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Actress Charlene Tilton Talks Tragedy, Her Christian Faith and Her Movie 'Heaven Sent'
January 9, 2024 - 10 min
Michael Foust recently sat down with actress Charlene Tilton to discuss her PureFlix movie "Heaven Sent." Here is a look at their conversation: The legendary actress, best known for her role in the award-winning television series Dallas, says she has seen God's hand on her life and that her Christian faith is the key to daily peace. Charlene Tilton starred in over 240 episodes of the Emmy-winning series Dallas from 1978 to 1990 before transitioning to movies. Her latest project is the Pure Flix romantic comedy Heaven Sent, which she calls the "best thing I've ever done." She and co-star Karen Abercrombie portray middle-aged friends who get a second chance at romance. Tilton told Christian Headlines that God has guided her through life's storms. She lived in foster care as a child. In 2010, her fiance Cheddy Hart died of a heart attack. "I've… seen the hand of God in my life since I can remember, at five years old. God's hand has been on me," Tilton told Christian Headlines. "And I know His hand's on everybody, but it's just if you choose to acknowledge it, and feel it and be still and listen to that still small voice that will guide you and show you the ways to go." Her Christian faith, she said, means "everything" to her. She noted that she starts every day with prayer and Bible reading, adding that she gets in the "presence of God" because "that's where you find the fullness of joy." Watch the Video Interview:  https://youtu.be/89J_JLNup5g?si=189TPEktfHEctlL_  Read the Companion Article: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/gods-hand-has-been-on-me-actress-charlene-tilton-says-of-lifes-trials.html  *Please note: This interview was originally conducted in March 2023. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Chrissy Metz & Bradley Collins Share the Inspiration Behind Their Bestselling Book on Prayer
January 2, 2024 - 15 min
Michael Foust recently sat down to talk to actress Chrissy Metz and songwriter Bradley Collins about their children's book on prayer. Here is a look at what they talked about: Emmy-award-winning This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz has often said prayer is integral to her daily life, and in a new children's book, she encourages children to pray while telling them that God is by their side, both day and night. When I Talk to God, I Talk About You is co-authored by Metz and songwriter Bradley Collins and includes colorful illustrations of animal families accompanied by text with rhyming verses about prayer. It's intended to be read by a parent or adult with a child.  Watch the Video Interview:  https://youtu.be/wjs0w6kY72k?si=0QuunH2qRx60XPzu  Read the Companion Article:  https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/chrissy-metz-testifies-to-prayers-power-in-new-childrens-book-god-hears-your-prayers.html  *Please note: This interview was originally conducted in January 2023. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Patricia Heaton and David Hunt Talk Faith, Life, and Their Adoption Film 'Unexpected'
December 26, 2023 - 14 min
Michael Foust recently sat down with Patricia Heaton and David Hunt, who produced and executive produced the adoption-centric film "Unexpected." Here is a look at their conversation: A new film by the husband-and-wife team of David Hunt and Patricia Heaton has a life-affirming, adoption-centric message that reminds audience members that everyone is "known to God," they say. The comedy film, Unexpected, is based on the book "Enslaved By Ducks," and tells the story of a couple battling infertility who accumulate various types of animals to try and fill the emotional void. Halfway through the film, the couple faces the possibility of adoption. It stars Joseph Mazzello (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Social Network) and Anna Camp (The Help, 5000 Blankets) in the lead roles. Hunt directed it, and Heaton produced it.   Watch the Video Interview:  https://youtu.be/W_QE1NP2p4Q?si=qLo2DMBxdmP7Aj-x    Read the Companion Article:  https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/everybodys-known-to-god-patricia-heaton-says-of-new-adoption-centric-film-unexpected.html    *Please note: This interview was originally conducted in February 2023. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Max Lucado Inspired Matthew West's New Christmas Song "Because of Bethlehem"
December 22, 2023 - 18 min
Merry Christmas a few days early! In this episode, Michael sits down with Christian musician Matthew West to talk about holiday traditions, his songwriting process and his new special Christmas Concert “Come Home for Christmas” out TODAY! On Dec. 22 at 8 p.m., West’s holiday special, Come Home for Christmas, airs on TBN, showcasing classic tunes and some of his top original songs. It was recorded at Belmont University’s Fisher Center and includes scenes from his annual Christmas-themed event, also called Come Home for Christmas, held in Franklin, Tennessee. The TBN special will also include classic Christmas carols such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Winter Wonderland. It concludes with a prayer by Matthew's father, Pastor Joe West. Read the Companion Article: https://www.crosswalk.com/headlines/michael-foust/matthew-west-finds-inspiration-for-christmas-songs-in-the-summertime.html Watch The Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA9Eqp4m8p8  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Jen Lilley Explains Why “A Paris Christmas Waltz” with Matthew Morrison Is Her New Favorite Film
December 19, 2023 - 12 min
Beloved Actress Jen Lilley has acted in more than a dozen heartwarming films, and this season she’s back with a new Christmas classic, starring alongside Glee actor and dancer Matthew Morrison.  When she’s not filming romantic comedies, Jen is a loving mother of three, two of whom she fostered and later adopted through Childhelp.  Tune in to hear why her latest film is now her favorite movie to date, what makes foster care special, and how her passion for ministry has blossomed over the years.    Watch the Video Interview: https://youtu.be/uVu_FMXMnGk?si=_k-51LtZVuzTwXrg   Read the Companion Article: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/actress-jen-lilley-adopting-children-taught-me-about-gods-love-we-are-heirs-with-jesus.html Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Elizabeth Tabish (Mary Magdalene on "The Chosen") Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Groundbreaking Series & Christmas Special
December 12, 2023 - 9 min
Actress Elizabeth Tabish says a war-torn world needs to hear the messages of peace and hope that are the focus of an upcoming special Christmas-themed movie based on The Chosen.   That movie, Christmas with The Chosen: Holy Night, will be in theaters for six nights, Dec. 12-17, blending two Nativity-flavored episodes — “The Messengers” and “The Shepherd” —into one remastered and re-scored story. It also includes a performance by Andrea and Matteo Bocelli.   “There's so much pain going on in the world right now. There's so much tragedy,” Tabish told Christian Headlines. “... [The movie] is about the birth of Jesus. And it's told through a few different perspectives. But all of it comes down to this beacon of hope, which is the Christ child and the peace and joy and freedom that comes with that and with Him.”   The two episodes, she added, are “edited together in this really seamless way” where it “almost feels like it's always been told this way.”   Tabish also is anticipating Season 4 of The Chosen which will land in theaters early next year. It is believed to be the first time that the full season of a streaming series has debuted at the box office prior to landing on its traditional platform.    The acting by her castmates in the season, she said, is “incredible.”    Watch the Video Interview: https://youtu.be/481t79471vo?si=2a9lOmfS1tpHfyAn    Read the Companion Article: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/exclusive-interview-elizabeth-tabish-on-the-chosen-notoriety-and-faith.html    Thumbnail: SWN Design/Canva Pro/Angel Studios Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Danica McKellar Talks About Her Passion for Jesus: 'Christianity Is Not What I Thought It Was'
December 5, 2023 - 14 min
Actress and author Danica McKellar says her newfound faith has transformed her view on life and that her new home in Tennessee has given her the church-based community she needs! McKellar is known among fans of rom-coms for her Great American Family and Hallmark Channel films and among the education community for her series of kid-friendly math books. Her newest movie, A Royal Date for Christmas, debuted on Great American Family on Nov. 25. Last year, McKellar was captivated by a different story — Christ’s story — while visiting church with fellow Great American Family actress Candace Cameron Bure, who had invited her.  Previously, McKellar said, she had been resistant to Christianity due to the way it had been used to champion evil throughout history.   Watch the Video Interview: https://youtu.be/R4in6tUZtnI?si=ORfDzM8ClIQOUOy2  Read the Companion Article: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/danica-mckellar-opens-up-about-faith-jesus-is-who-ive-been-looking-for-my-whole-life.html  Thumbnail: SWN Design/Canva Pro/©Getty Images/Jason Davis / Stringer Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and culture for more than two decades. His stories have appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Christianity Today, Toronto Star and Baptist Press.

Michael enjoys popcorn, college football, history, hiking, growing tomatoes, and watching his children play sports. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, husband to his amazing wife, Julie, and the father of four super kids.
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