Popular actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. who stars in the Christian soap opera “Hilton Head Island” is running for Congress and recently spoke to The Christian Post about his faith, what it’s like being blacklisted in Hollywood, and why he supports President Donald Trump.
Sabato has had a successful career to date, starring in acclaimed television shows and movies such as “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place.” He’s also a recognized face serving as a model for Calvin Klein. In recent years, however, he’s shifted his focus from Hollywood to God and country.
The leading independent faith and family studio PureFlix recently announced the continuation of “Hilton Head Island” which is described as a “hope opera” instead of a soap opera, which features Sabato.
When asked to describe what a hope opera is, the seasoned actor responded: “[Hope is] Jesus Christ, hope is God, hope is family values, hope is spending time with your loved ones and resolving problems together in the family, faith morals, and a great heart. That’s what the show is about. It’s about a family coming to a halt in a crisis situation and finding a way to come together through the word of God and through the help of God, and they’re able to do it. That’s why they called it a hope opera, because, relatively speaking, nowadays we don’t have that much hope.”
“Hilton Head Island” refrains from using coarse language or displaying sex and violence on screen while maintaining the quality of a mainstream TV series. This show, which centers around the fictional Trisk family, focuses on the power of family, loyalty and faith. It’s second season began on Oct. 9.
Sabato said a series like the PureFlix original is greatly needed in times like these when the past decade or so has seen such “destruction of the Church and destruction of Jesus and the destruction of positivity” in America.
“There’s people in government that don’t want to talk about God. We have God in our Constitution, in God we trust. But people in higher places don’t want to talk about it. And I think this is a good way to get across to people who are fed up with the usual Hollywood propaganda and they’re just willing to follow the Word of God rather than the voices of all these people that are lying to us each and every day. It’s a positive good show,” he maintained.
Being Italian-American, faith, Sabato said, has always been a part of his life.
“I was born in Rome so I knew about God; I knew about Jesus from a young age. We had churches across the street from my house, every corner of Rome is populated by seeing God and Jesus on the Cross,” he continued. “I was always close to Him. I was always there and had communication with Him since I was a little boy, on my own private time.”
Sabato said he was never forced by his family to go to church, instead they raised him to make up his own mind.
“You find God or He finds you. There were times in my life, crucial times, that God has stepped up and helped me,” he declared. “I would say, in the last 10 years, I found Jesus in a very personal, close relationship that I love and it’s stronger every day. I’m not shy to talk about Him or talk for Him, and that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. We need people in government or anywhere who are willing to say, ‘You know what? The most important thing in my life is Jesus. And I’m not afraid to say it.'”
Having worked on numerous TV and movie sets throughout his nearly 30-year career, Sabato said PureFlix is different from most.
“What I found inspiring about working with PureFlix is that they’re not only professional, but they keep God close and that’s fascinating to me,” he said. “It’s exciting to me that more production companies are willing to speak out. We started the day with a prayer or we talked about positive things in the script, the storyline, and it’s positive from beginning to end with a great message that everyone can see.”
Sabato declared that his work with the Christian company is a good way to be associated with Hollywood without following the “liberal craziness that’s going on there.”
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Source: Christian Post