With the DVD release of I’m Not Ashamed, the inspiring film based on the true life story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student to be killed in the Columbine High School shooting, we chatted to actress Masey McLain who played the role of Rachel.
Please could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you became a Christian?
I grew up in a really great family, I became a Christian when I was seven, I remember I was at this service and I felt the Lord, the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart and I knew I wanted to be different, so I gave my life to Him and ever since then its been a journey of following Him.
I started acting when I was 15, I did other things too I ran cross country, played basketball but I realised how much I love acting so I got an agent for TV and film and stated doing some things like commercials here and there. The first commercial I did was with the Jonas Brothers – that was really fun, specially as a 15 year old girl. I did some jobs with Coca Cola and small guest roles on TV shows and films but I’m Not Ashamed was the first lead role I’ve ever had in a feature film.
Did anything inspire you to start acting?
My mum actually has a huge background in musical theatre and she is an incredible dancer as well. I grew up kinda watching her choreograph plays, we lived in a small town for a while and she would put on these huge productions and they were incredible, she’s probably were I get the love of it from.
How did you prepare for the audition for the role of Rachel?
The auction process took a really long time for me, it took about a year. I remember I first heard about the audition, for some reason I had a feeling in my gut I was going to do it. I was a little actress in Atlanta who had never done a lead role before, so really the odds were completely against me. It was a huge process, I just got callback after callback, at one point they called me a said they had chosen someone else, then about a month before filming started they called me and said they felt like the Lord had told them that I was the one to do it. So I was completely shocked. It was just the craziest process. Throughout it the Lord was doing so much in my heart in preparing me and I really needed that year as preparation.
With such a big story as Rachel’s, how did you prepare for the role?
I didn’t get her journals until I got the part and I was in Nashville filming but I got to dig through her journals and there are about eight of them. So that was huge stepping into her shoes because that’s really where you see the thoughts of somebody and really where they’re at and her heart. I got to talk to her mum a lot, so that was really huge as well.
How did filming this affect your faith?
There’s so many things to take away from Rachel’s life but for me, a huge thing that stood out for me is her faithfulness to God, she wanted so bad to make an impact and to change the world but she didn’t wait to do that, she was really just faithful right where God put her and looked around her to see how to change live right where she was. That ended up changing thousands of people’s lives. So for me it’s just wanting to be faithful right where I’m at with what God has given me.
What do you hope people will take away from watching this film?
Just that they were created with such a purpose, that their lives matter so much to God, what they do with their time and the way they live and love other people. I really hope they walk away wanting to make an impact and first of all wanting to know God in a deeper way and secondly to reach out and change the world by being the hands and feet of Jesus right where they are.
You’ve written a devotional to go along side the dvd release, could you tell us a bit about that?
Writing a devotional was never something I thought I would do, but after the film came out, I felt the Lord just starting to shape the message He wanted me to tell. The 21 days all just boil down to living with purpose, like I was talking about before God has created each one of us so specifically and with such purpose and to live in that and that it’s worth it to follow Jesus amongst all the distractions and chaos and everything that happens in life to have that focus on Him and follow Him no matter what. That’s really where your true joy and fulfilment and freedom is found and your purpose is.
I’m Not Ashamed is available in the US: