We recently caught up with Natalie Grant to discuss her acting debut in the movie “Decision” — premiering Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 pm and 9 pm EST on Gospel Music Channel.

Also, be sure to check out Natalie’s tour schedule at www.nataliegrant.com to see if she will be coming to a city near you on the Women of Faith tour this fall or The Story tour in December.

TSO: What do you hope people will take away from this movie?

Natalie: This role is very honest — a woman who was struggling, had just lost her husband, trying to figure out how to raise a teenager on her own, having serious financial problems, working outside of her home, pregnant and just trying to make ends meet. I feel like so many people can identify with these struggles of life, and I appreciated the realness of the script. In the movie, it shows my character really making that decision to turn to the Lord in the midst of all these struggles.

The biggest lesson that I hope people will take away from this movie is that faith in Christ really is an anchor that keeps you from sinking. We may feel at times like we are going to drown, but the Bible clearly says that He will not let the waters come up over our head. I think that this message is shown clearly throughout the film.

TSO: How are you juggling all these projects — singing, acting, touring, raising a family? What’s your secret?

Natalie: (Laughs) Oh girl, I have no secret! I’m trying to find the magic formula, as well. Most days, I fail miserably at it. Spinning all these plates, and most days, several of them will fall to the ground and break. But that’s where grace comes in and I try again the next day. Just one day at a time.

TSO: How are your girls doing?

The twins are 4 ½ and Sadie is almost 10 months old. The twins are in preschool and just went on their first real field trip — to a pumpkin farm.  It’s such a cliché, but it just doesn’t seem right that they’re growing up so fast!  It’s so fun watching them grow and learn new things!

TSO: Have you been wanting to do acting for a while?

Natalie: No, it’s not anything that I was seeking out. It was not even on my bucket list. But they called us. It’s a movie production company out of Los Angeles, focusing heavily on faith-based productions. They said the role was written with me in mind. I guess they were confident that I would say yes, but I’ve never even taken a drama class. I’ve never even been in a skit before. It was really pushing my comfort zone, but I thought it sounded like a fun challenge.

TSO: What was it like filming this movie while being pregnant?

Natalie: Well, I didn’t have to work very hard to cry during the scenes because I was already emotional. Everybody was so gracious and very understanding when I needed to take a break. They were almost doting on me, and I kept having to reassure them that I wasn’t about to go into labor at that moment. It was long days and I was wiped out at the end of filming each day, but I really enjoyed it.

TSO: Would you like to take on other projects like this one in the future?

Natalie: I think if the opportunity presented itself again — if it was the right script and worked for my family, I would be open to it. I had to turn down another role because I was on a tour. This one worked out perfectly because they were filming only 45 minutes from where I live. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it.

TSO: Switching gears a little — a cause that is very close to your heart is to help victims of human trafficking. Share about how you got involved in advocacy for these victims and how people can help.

Natalie: For me, that is the heartbeat behind what I do and the platform that God has given me. I took a missions trip several years ago that changed the course of my life. I saw 4, 5 and 6 year old little girls for sale on the streets. I saw a little girl in a cage. I saw things that forever changed me and marked me. I came back to the U.S. and found out that slavery is still happening here. There are more slaves today than any other point in our history. Most of them are underaged girls, forced to do the unthinkable every single day. I saw on the local news that a brothel was broken up that had 12 girls under the age of 15 — just one mile from my house in Nashville. So I started a foundation called The Home Foundation.

This year, we’re going through a re-branding so we’re now called Abolition International. We have helped build and support shelters in Greece, Bangladesh, India, Moldova and Eastern Europe. But we’re really focusing on building shelters in America. Of all the places you would think would have the greatest resources to be able to help the victims, we have very few shelters and even fewer Christ-centered, faith-based shelters to help these victims. Our goal is to have 12 shelters operating by 2012 — 5 of which will be domestic. For people who would like to find out more information and see the ways they can help, they can visit www.abolitioninternational.org. We’re so grateful for their support.

TSO: What are your upcoming plans?

Natalie: I have a brand new single that just hit radio called “Alive,” which is actually my contribution to The Story which has 18 songs from 24 artists, about God’s story of love and redemption from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a companion music piece to the Max Lucado and Randy Frazee book of the same title. Every artist takes on a Biblical character, and my character is Mary Magdalene. I sing a song about the Resurrection, and we’re also taking that record on tour this Christmas. I’m finishing the Women of Faith tour, and then starting The Story tour at the beginning of December. I’ll be touring with several of the artists — Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli and Selah.


** Special thanks to Natalie for sharing about these projects — and remember to watch “Decision” on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 pm or 9 pm EST on gmc!