With her star rising through her appearance in Aladdin as well as singing the hit song from the movie, Naomi Scott won’t let fame get in the way of her faith.
The actress in Disney’s Aladdin film has spoken about her role in the film and her Christian faith. In a recent interview with Compassion UK – the Christian charity which helps people sponsor children in poverty – Naomi Scott says her faith is part of who she is and what she does.
The actress, 28, starred as Princess Jasmine in Guy Ritchie’s remake of Aladdin, alongside Will Smith and Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin.
In her early career, Naomi Scott acted in programmes for the Disney Channel UK and recently in a Power Rangers series but Aladdin has brought her to international attention.
She says in the interview: “Sometimes we [her and her husband Jordan Spence] get asked the question, ‘How do you juggle your faith and what you do?’ But for me, I don’t know how I would do life without my faith.
“That peace that you know you’re loved and valued is something that keeps me incredibly grounded, incredibly focused. Quite honestly, I don’t see it as this separate thing, this add-on thing, my faith is just a part of who I am and what I do. Life is incredibly exciting at the moment, there’s a lot going on. We just think wow, God’s grace.
TWITTER DOESN’T DEFINE ME
“But no matter what happens, no matter what somebody says about me on Twitter, whatever the future holds, to know that that doesn’t define me is incredible.
“To know that doesn’t inform my identity in any way shape or form (although it’s easier said than done sometimes). That’s going to be the thing keeping me going. Keeping the main thing, the main thing throughout.”
Talking about the film, she said she was excited to play a female character who had her own narrative, saying: “We wanted to portray she’s actually fighting for choice and the liberty and freedom of her kingdom.”
Also a singer, Scott did lots of performing growing-up at the Bridge Church Youth Band and her first live performance was when she was eleven and sang Aretha Franklin’s ‘Say A Little Prayer For You’.
The pastor’s daughter has been married to Ipswich Town footballer Jordan Spence since she was 21 after meeting him at her parent’s church.
She says: “My faith is the foundation of every decision I make, and of my marriage.”
From iBelieve Magazine issue 75.