I wanted very badly to find a local actor who was both Christian and willing to discuss the subject, and in the end I found one — but ever since, I have kept my eyes open for other actors who might fit the bill. And so far, I think I may have found a couple.
Gina Chiarelli, who won one of her Jessie Awards for her work with Pacific Theatre, went on to star in Noroc (1999), an independent film in which she had a brief nude scene, and in See Grace Fly (2003), which she had a hand in writing — although the sex scene in that particular film takes place between two other actors.
Then, a few weeks ago, Vancouver Sun columnist Malcolm Parry added one more name to the list:
Reflecting childhood sexual assault, the 10-minute picture was beautifully shot by Bruce Marchfelder, hardly surprising since the cinematographer has pillow privileges as Thompson’s husband. At a premiere party for his CBC movie, Casanova at Fifty, in 2002, Marchfelder summed up his bride’s thespian activities: “Most of the parts she gets, she has to take her clothes off.”
That pertains even when Thompson takes the megaphone herself. Her misty-meadow appearance beside a black stallion to end Will Of The Wisp could be titled Buffy The Scene Stealer.
Bruce Marchfelder has a pretty high profile among Christians who work in the Vancouver film industry; check the interview that a colleague of mine did with him here. If memory serves, he might even have moderated a panel at Regent College that I was on, along with Scott Derrickson and a few other people, back in 2003.
Incidentally, I am aware that all three of the actors I have mentioned or linked to in this post are women. I would be quite happy to make note of any Christian male actors in the Vancouver area who have done or are willing to do scenes of this sort, too.