It’s no secret that Carrie Underwood came from a Christian family, but unlike Katy Perry‘s mildly over-the-top mom, Carrie’s a little more laid back and approachable about her faith. Carrie recently interviewed with Fox 411 and discussed her spirituality, and her upcoming role in new movie Soul Surfer, a movie about a female surfer who, in a freak accident, loses most of her arm to a shark attack and seeks refuge from a faith-based counselor, played by Carrie.
Carrie on how ingrained her faith is in her life:
“I grew up in church and have a wonderful family that always supported that. I grew up going to church camp and reading my bible and having different faith books and movies in my life.”
On her upcoming role as a Christian counselor in Soul Surfer:
“I hope that it is very clear that the faith in this movie is more than an undertone, and that the reason Bethany got through everything was because of her faith in God. It’s easy to have faith when things are going great and you’re on top of the world – I’m winning, I’m selling, I’m on tour and this is all great! But this story is about having faith when the chips are down and how to deal with that. We can all learn something from Bethany’s story, even when the little things in our lives don’t go so well, we can take a lesson from her and realize how small that problem really is.”
On this, her first experience with acting:
” … (Acting) was a totally new animal for me, it was so different but everyone on the set really helped me along. They were patient and understood I had never been in a movie before and helped me through it.”
On being ‘boring’ off the camera and away from the stage:
“I live a boring life away from what you see me on camera doing, I’m just the most normal person on the universe. I’m a wife, a mother to my doggies, I’m a maid, I clean the house, I’m pretty boring. We don’t ever go out to eat, we don’t do anything,” she added. “As Carrie the person, I wander around in sweatpants, and when I have to be ‘Carrie Underwood’ I have to look (dressed up.) It’s like a big personality, if I look like this, and always wear makeup; my friends would be like, ‘What are you doing? We’re going to TGI Friday’s, what’s up with this?’”
So, my opinion? This girl is so normal and down-home that it kills me with glee. I’m actually really tickled to see a celebrity that has no problem speaking out about her personal faith, her avoidance of fame, and her wariness about all things new. In a day and age where it’s almost taboo to run around telling people about your religion (I mean, I’m a Christian – and I’m not afraid to admit it to anyone, but then again, I’m not selling billions of records worldwide and being photographed on the red carpet for all to see), I give Carrie mad props for sticking to her guns, being true to herself, and showing people that there’s nothing weird whatsoever about professing their faith.