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  • Featured Actor of the Day: Deborah Berman

    Today’s featured actor is Deborah Berman, who was delightful as the musically-inclined Mrs. Goldberg. Learn more about her, below!

    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    I come from a family of professional classical musicians (My father was a violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra and the Curtis String Quartet). My degrees are in piano performance, and for 28 years I enjoyed a career as a concert pianist, teacher and music conservatory dean. Then, a little over 3 years ago, I retired from my administrative career to pursue another lifelong dream - acting - something I had not done since high school. I have been loving it ever since.

    2. Tell us about your acting/writing/producing career so far.

    I have studied acting with four wonderful teachers: Debra De Liso, John Marzilli, and casting directors Chris Game and Nick Anderson. I have played lead roles in several student and short films. One, “The Promise”, has been selected in six film festivals so far. As a result of one of those screenings there may be another lead role on the horizon. The film was shot in the days immediately following my Mom’s death. I did it because it was kind of her story - about a woman with Alzheimer’s and her devoted marriage. I have appeared in several plays, including the world premiere of “Prison is Where I Learned to Fly” at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, in which I played multiple roles, and which I co-produced and served as assistant director. I have also become a member of theatre company Theatre Unleashed in North Hollywood, where I have appeared in several shows. And I have been cast in three web series - JEWVANGELIST!!! - as well as moonbound24 and First Jobs. In terms of writing, I am working on a solo show, but that has taken a back seat to my acting for the time being. 

    3. What is your dream job/role/project?

    My dream come true would be an ongoing role in a television comedy.

    4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    What a tough question! There are so many. Having said that, ONE of the people who inspires me most is David Hyde Pierce. He is someone who studied both acting and piano seriously, chose acting as a profession, won and developed a role (Niles on Frasier, of course) to which he brought real genius (that also showcased his musical talent), and remained the wonderful person he is. I had the privilege of meeting him during my tenure as Dean of The Colburn School in LA. I also visited his home to hear a first-class piano recital by Jean-Yves Thibaudet hosted to raise money for AIDS research. David is, in my opinion, a brilliant talent, a caring human being and an all-around class act. I sincerely hope that our paths will cross again.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

    I am thrilled to play Mrs. Goldberg. She is a long-time member of Rabbi Levy’s father’s congregation. She is outspoken, easily irritated and missing the “old days” at the temple when she sang regularly in the choir. Her children are grown (shall we say… have fled…?), and she doesn’t take cr*p from anybody…especially Jay the cantor. However, she is not a bad person, and she does have both a forgiving and a musical heart. Her husband is devoted to her and puts up with her quirks.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest? 

    Well, of course, she IS musical! And, much as I hate to admit it, her irritability resides somewhere inside of me. On the other hand, I tend not to be confrontational the way she can be. And I never picked up the east coast accent, even though I grew up in Philadelphia. My first grade teacher actually asked me if I was “foreign”. I guess because my parents were from Ohio, I just never sounded like the other kids.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    Definitely the opportunity to play a comedic east coast Jewish role. It is a type of character that I’ve spent a lifetime imitating, having grown up around it. But I had not had the chance to play the character type before this. Also, I absolutely loved, and still do, the whole concept of the series’ story and characters.

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set. 

    When Alex Trugman (Jay) had to apologize to me over and over and over again so we could get lots of takes for our 10-second cameo in Episode Five, he delighted in trying to make me laugh by saying… inappropriate things to me. He failed miserably for quite some time, but in the end I lost it. What you see in the episode, however, is terribly professional!

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    It is fresh, new and genuinely funny. This web series boasts an amazing array of talented actors, a terrific script, great production values, and it is a true original. I have seen nothing like it before. Every time I see a new episode, I find myself laughing out loud. And Becky Kramer, a very talented actress and lovely person, has managed - in tandem with writer Christian Ayers - to handle potentially sensitive material in a comedic context without denigrating any group or set of beliefs.

    THE WILD CARD 

    What would you pick as your last meal on earth?

    That’s easy - mocha chip ice cream. That’s all she wrote, folks!
  • Featured Actor of the Day: Robert Rensin

    Today’s featured actor is Robert Rensin, finally revealed as Mr. Coen in Episode Six! Learn more about him, below!

    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    I was born and raised in NYC. As a high school student I worked in the Catskills at the Concord Hotel as a folk singer (it was the 60’s) and actually opened for Rodney Dangerfield.

    2.Tell us about your acting/producing career so far.

    After a career in the mental health business I stumbled into an acting class and performed in community theater in St. Louis, quickly moving to professional theater there. I have had the pleasure of performing the works of Harold Pinter, Neil Simon, Arthur Miller and more. I was honored to be nominated twice for St. Louis’ premiere acting award, The Kevin Kline Award, for Best Supporting Actor, and won a Judy Award in the same category. I produced the teaser for City of the Blues,a script we hope will be picked up as an episodic cable TV show. During my six-month stay in LA trying to promote City of the Blues,I also auditioned for SAG projects that caught my interest.


    3. What is your dream job/role/project?

    My dream job is being a minor deity on a mosquito-free tropical island and being part of an acclaimed theater/film production company where an older character actor can grow and take pride in and be challenged by working with the best actors. And don’t forget film; I would love to perform important roles that add (QUIETLY) to the power of the whole.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him.

    I play Mr. Coen and I hope that his humorous and bright love for his wife will be a highlight of Episode Six while we demonstrate why our rabbi should stay.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest?

    Mr Coen is probably a lot like me, but perhaps less adventurous.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist? 

    The title. It tickles me.

    THE WILD CARD:

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

    I lived with the Huaorani Indians for a week in the jungle.
  • Featured Actor of the Day: Amy Tolsky

    Amy Tolsky delights as Mrs. Coen in Jewvangelist! Find out more about her, below!

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    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    I’m originally from Chicago. We moved from the south side (of the city) to the north side (the ‘burbs–Morton Grove) when I was about to start 4th grade. I’m the baby with an older brother and sister. I had a rather uneventful but pleasant childhood and discovered acting in high school when I got cast in the student-run variety show at Niles West High School in Skokie. My parents were supportive but secretly hoped I would minor in a subject other than theater (to fall back on). That didn’t happen and I went to the University of Illinois and graduated with a BFA in Theater from their Actors’ Conservatory Program. I went to England for a six-month work abroad program with BUNAC and wound up staying 13 years!

    2. Tell us about your acting career so far. 

    While in England, I played in various bands, from acapella to indie to rock covers. I got back into acting after my first year of being there and did plays, voice overs for language tapes and shows for The BBC World Service, radio plays, and jingle singing for radio stations. I was also one of the founders of  the theater company Absolute Theatre. We performed mainly in London but sojourned to Cumbria (The Lake District for The Wordsworth Festival), Edinburgh (Fringe Festival) and Prague for The International Theater Festival. I toured in the musical “Hair" four times all over Europe, clocking in hundreds of performances as the pregnant free spirit Jeanie. I did my first tv show (Jeeves and Wooster with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry), my first commercial (shilling for The U.K. National Lottery) and my first feature film (Intimate with a Stranger, which went to Cannes and earned me, not so much the film, favorable reviews!) After having a taste of telly and film, I decided to come back to the States and arrived here in 1996. I continued with theater, voice over, commercials, film and lots of telly! I’m married to a wonderfully supportive, ex-actor husband who allows me to pursue all my dreams full time as well as raising our beautiful, funny, smart and active 9 year old son!

    3. What is your dream job/role/project? 

    Hmmm, to do a Coen brothers film, and do some animated features as well! To work with Maggie Smith–I better hurry up!

    4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    Cate Blanchett. She does it all and still has strong ties to the theater.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about her.

    Mrs. Coen. Rachel Coen is definitely having a mid-life crisis and is terrified of growing old and losing her looks. She dresses a little too loudly, wears a tad too much makeup and is overly concerned that her husband will no longer find her attractive and have an affair with a younger woman. She also speaks her mind and isn’t afraid of what comes out of her mouth.  

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest? 

    I also tend to speak my mind as long as I don’t think it will hurt someone. I don’t fear the aging process as much as Rachel but I have been blessed with good skin and I’m a "character actress” who is finding more work the older I get!

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    I suppose the character description and title both sounded intriguing to me. You never know the type of people you will encounter answering a casting notice yourself but I sure got lucky with this stellar group!

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set. 

    For my final shoot day I had a broken leg. I had surgery on my tibia and fibula at the ankle five days before shooting so production arranged transport to and from our location, rented a wheelchair and pushed me around all day–yes, even to the bathroom! Thank you to all the kind cast and crew for taking such good care of me and my splinted gimp leg!

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    I think the story is original, the writing is clever and, hopefully, the performances are not to be missed!

    THE WILD CARD:


    What is your spirit animal?

    Monkey - even though I’m an ox!

  • Featured Actor of the Day: David Brown

    David Brown is completely hilarious as Sky in Episode Five. Learn more about this funny, funny man below!

    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    I spent most of my life in Mississippi, then moved out to LA to study improv and sketch comedy.

    2. Tell us about your acting/writing/directing/editing career so far. 

    I’m a member of the Upright Citizen Brigade Theater in LA, as a performer on its sketch team TUT. I’ve also performed improv at UCB, Second City, IO West, and many other theaters around LA – and sketch at UCB and the Comedy Central stage. I’ve written multiple sketch shows, and written/directed/edited comedy videos that have appeared on websites like Funny Or Die.

    3. What is your dream job/role/project? 

    To write, act in, and produce my own TV series.

    4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    Trey Parker, Eddie Izzard.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him.

    A delusional filmmaker named Sky. In a nutshell … he’s the worst. He thinks he knows everything, and that everyone around him is a moron. He’s a hypocrite and he’ll compromise his integrity and betray anyone around him for a few dollars.  

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest? 

    I hope I share none of his personality traits, but I’m afraid I do. I wouldn’t screw my friends over for money … but I also haven’t been offered any yet so who knows.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    Aaron and Josh Milus asked me to play the role after watching me make a fool of myself on stage at Second City. After reading the script it was a no-brainer.

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set. 

    At one of the locations there was a power line that had a small chunk of wood lodged in it (20 feet in the air) … and a bunch of us spent our down time coming up with theories about how it got there. I think it had a theme song at one point. Not knowing how it got there still bugs me to this day. I have a picture if anyone wants to help us solve the mystery.

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    The script is amazing, the actors were not only great, but really came together as a unit, and all the people involved in the production are superstars. There’s no way it won’t be anything short of great.

    THE WILD CARD:

    Do you ever feel like the universe might be telling you something? If so, what?

    That I can fly if I really, really think hard enough about it.

  • Featured Actor of the Day: Lauren Elliott

    Lauren Elliott is simply wonderful as Janelle in Episode Four. Learn more about her below!
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    THE PERSONAL:

    Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background?

    I hail from the four-seasoned side of the world…the East Coast! I studied dance and some theater throughout childhood, but it all became more apparent during my senior year in high school that my passion for being the spectacle that consumed and demanded the attention would be the perfect fit for me. From there I went on to study Speech and Theater at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

    2. Tell us about your acting career so far.

    I have had the opportunity to perform in several stage productions such as Six Letters in Harlem, Torn, Iris, and Milkcrates,  all originally written pieces by talented up and coming artists. Although I was birthed on the stage I have integrated myself into short films and web series including, Fixed, First Date, and Morgan.  I am in the early stages of creating my own youtube channel for a variety sketch show and would love to expand my knowledge in producing and directing.

    3. What is your dream job/role/project? 

    As artists, we’re all intrigued to challenge ourselves with new and exciting stories to tell. I would love to play a drug addict or a head executive.

    4. Who inspires you most in your field? 

    Anyone willing to bare their soul and follow their heart and not worry about the judgement that cometh in the morning. Any person that continues to find that ray of sunshine in the midst of the storm and continues to follow suit. I do not like to name names or compare my journey and talent to others, but I love the freedom that Jim Carrey displays in all of his work.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

    I play the character Janelle in Jewvangelist.  She possesses a sentimental nurturing approach in her teachings, as her job is to bring out the best without shattering confidence.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest?

    By nature, I am the type of person that uplifts people’s spirits. I am always seeking to inspire and ignite the flame that seems dim. I am down to earth and am always searching to give words of encouragement.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    I love the comradery of this piece. I feel if the people of this world were willing to spread love and welcome “everyone” with open arms, it would be a start to the change we so eagerly speak about but cease to take action on. I like the fact that this piece communicates the true intentions of a Rabbi and expands knowledge into other religions. We have the tendency to shun things we don’t understand and this actually gave me a better understanding.

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set.

    Every moment in between was very relaxed and full of laughter. Everyone was so nice and there were plenty of characters that kept the mood light.

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    I know everyone talks about their projects as a must see but this is truly a must see! It’s difficult to infuse religion with comedy that can relate to everyone but by golly I think they achieved that with this one. This is not just for a certain age group, race or religion, this piece is transparent and can relate to all.

    WILD CARD:

    What is your spirit animal?

    My spirit animal is the hummingbird. I relate this animal to my twin sister whom I lost at birth. Whenever I’ m feeling gloomy, wired, or confused she always seems to show up. It places a calming, comfortable feeling over my spirit that the situation will work itself out in the end. 
  • Featured Actor of the Day: Terrence Colby Clemons

    Terrence Colby Clemons plays the handsome Pastor Price in Jewvangelist. Learn more about him, below!

    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    I am from College Park, GA and…my background? Like ethnic background? Well. I’m Black.

    2. Tell us about your acting career so far. 

    On a winter day in Sandy Springs, Georgia, circa 1995, I stepped out onstage as the King of Hearts. The reviews from my 4th grade peers were unanimous: “Terrence is the greatest actor since Robin Williams in Jumanji.” — I’ve never looked back.

    3. What is your dream job/role/project? 

    Do I have to put just one?? I’d love to star in a movie alongside Meryl Streep. Where I’m playing her adopted son. And Denzel Washington is my father. Halfway through, the movie becomes an action film, where I have to fight Denzel (Bourne Identity style), in order to save my mother (Meryl Streep). We’d all win Oscars. Oh. Sidney Poitier is somewhere in there too.

     4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    Meryl Streep, always and forever. And every actor, director, writer of color before me, who dared to follow his or her dreams.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

    I play Pastor Michael Price, or as the crew calls him, “P. Price”. He is (hmm, I don’t want to give away too much) an honorable, giving, beer-loving pastor at a local church who helps Rabbi Leah on her journey.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest? 

    Great question. The closest is by far Pastor Price’s insane sex appeal. The furthest is, while I love my beer, I am very much a Malbec kind-of-man.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    Actors Access.

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set. 

    Oh man. I had a shoot for a national print campaign and was requested to shave my face. Three days later I was called to set. Pastor Price has a mustache and beard (…You see where I’m going here?). I grow hair about as quickly as a boy at his Bar Mitzvah, but, with a little magic from our makeup team, within minutes I had facial hair again. Crisis averted. (You should also ask Alex about his “injury”. #LOL)

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    The Make out Scene in Act 5 – okay, okay. Honestly, the cast and crew are my favorite that I’ve worked with in a long time. They make Jewvangelist a must-see.

    THE WILD CARD:

    What is your spirit animal?

    I’m not really sure what this means, but when I was in fourth grade I wanted to be a cheetah. Does that count? #ImDeadSerious

  • Featured Actor of the Day: Jerry Lacy

    Today’s Featured Actor is Jerry Lacy, who plays Dr. Klein in Episode Four, airing tomorrow! Make sure to read the best character description we’ve seen yet, below:

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    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    Born in Sioux City, Iowa. Came to California when I joined the Marines. Spent the last half century or more being an actor!

    2. Tell us about your acting/ writing career so far. 

    Lots of years on soap operas, and a lot of TV appearances mixed in with stage work all over the place, and a movie here and there. Wrote a few sitcom episodes and a number of plays, which is a continuing endeavor.

    3. What is your dream job/role/project? 

    At this point in my career, all I want to do is keep going. Doesn’t matter much what the role is, as long as it requires acting.

    4. Who inspires you most in your field?

     I get a lot of inspiration when I watch Robert Downey, Jr. He manages to make each and every role his own, and he can play a wide range of characters, all to perfection. That’s acting.

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

    Dr. Klein. Born in Russia and brought to the States as a young boy, he relied heavily on his close knit family during the hard years when his father could not find work. Because the family spoke mostly Yiddish at home, he was never able to completely lose his accent when speaking English. After college, which he put himself through, he took some time off and went to sea with a merchant trader, and saw much of the world.  Shipwrecked at one time on an island in the Pacific, he spent almost an entire year living off the land and sea until finally being rescued by a passing yacht. On the yacht, the daughter of the owner was helping out as a kitchen wench. She was the lovely young lady who ended up years later as Mrs. Klein. She was only ten years old when they met, but, after getting back to the States, he kept in touch with the family who saved him, and fifteen years later, he proposed. She was just twenty-five. Her family had money and put him through medical school, where he was near the top of his class. After a long and illustrious career as a nerosurgeon, he retired from Cedars Sinai Hospital, and remained in the Beverly Hills area where he and Mrs. Klein are often seen at music venues around town. He loves the music. Don’t ask him about the shipwreck, you’ll never get away from him. He’ll talk your ear off.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest? 

    Aspect of him closest to me:  His love of the sea.  Farthest:  his love of popular music.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?


    I love self-starters!

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set.

    The most exciting thing was that I met some wonderful, talented people with whom I hope to work again.

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    It is light, funny, endearing and above all, hopeful for the future of the human race. 

    THE WILD CARD:

    What do you look for in a significant other?

    Boobs. If there are no boobs, don’t bother me. After that, it must be someone who shares my life outlook and agrees that we must at all times stay on the same side of the fence. After forty years with my significant other, I can honestly say I found it.

  • Featured Actor of the Day: Karen Chase

    Karen Chase does a phenomenal job portraying Lizzie Lovejoy in Jewvangelist. Learn more about Karen, below!

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    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background?

    I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but I’ve been in Los Angeles for so long, I feel like a native, especially because my two beautiful daughters were born here.

    Growing up, I was always dancing, performing, modeling, or cheerleading. The only art form I really wanted that wasn’t part of my repertoire was acting. That’s what brought me to Los Angeles where - surprise! - my first job was dancing as a LA Laker Girl. Start by doing what you know I guess. 

    2. Tell us about your acting career so far.

    My first professional job was getting cast as Anytime Annie in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, which ran for one year at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Next I got the lead in a Roger Corman film, Vendetta. I also booked some guest spots on TV shows, commercials, and music videos. Then I took an 18 year hiatus for raising my family and running my business, Dance for Kids. I just returned to acting two years ago and have been booking pretty steadily thanks to independent films, short films and the wonderful web series genre. That’s where the very special Jewvangelist series is playing and the wonderful cast and crew came into my life!

    3. What is your dream job/role/project?

    As much as I love doing films, I really would love to be a regular ensemble cast member on a tv sitcom playing a cute, fit, funny Mom/ Grandma who is a little off her rocker. Hmmmm…literally as well as figuratively.

    4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    Meryl… Need I say more?

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

    I play Lizzie Lovejoy, wife of Pastor Lovejoy and mother to Perry. I love Lizzie! She has a joie de vivre and a heart of gold, but she definitely doesn’t share my beliefs.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest?

    The joy! Yes the joy! And personally, I follow no religious doctrine, just one of love and acceptance for all! 

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    Well, first of all the writing! Top notch and freakin’ funny! Secondly, after meeting Becky Kramer, I knew I wanted to be a part of her loving project that she had so much passion for. 

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set.

    Getting to know the cast and crew and realizing we were onto something very special. I’m not kidding when I say this is a very inspired group of people. And I guess wheeling Amy’s wheelchair (with her broken foot sticking out) into the ladies room. That was quite fun! Love you Amy! 

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    Put simply - it’s really clever and funny!! I guarantee you will be able to relate to at least one character, no matter who you are or what you believe. And what’s better than laughing at ourselves? 

    THE WILD CARD:

    Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something? If so, what?

    Have fun! Enjoy the journey!!

  • Featured Actor of the Day: Mike Shaffrey

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    Today’s Jewvangelist Featured Actor is Mike Shaffrey! Read below all about the actor who brings Pastor Lovejoy to life!

    THE PERSONAL:

    1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background?

    I’m originally from Laurel, Maryland. I am an Irish, English, and French mutt. In college I majored in Geography, but wanted to be a doctor and took lots of math, science, and all of the prerequisites for medical school. I was a cheerleader and a cheerleading coach, and then I worked most of my life in the business world (interactive marketing) before becoming an actor here in Hollywood.

    2. Tell us about your acting career so far.

    I only started acting a couple of years ago, and have enjoyed doing all sorts of fun projects, including theater, films, web series, television, and music videos. I study with Jeffrey Marcus, and have also taken a few courses with Groundlings.

    3. What is your dream job/role/project?

    My dream role would be to be the lead in a feature film — preferably a comedy but definitely a story that you would remember and want to watch again and again.

    4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    My inspirational actors are Russell Crowe and Kurt Russell. I love their work. I love the Russells ;)

    THE PROJECT:

    1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

    I play Pastor Lovejoy. He is described as the “most passionate pastor in the state of California.” He has a very strong faith and love for God, his family, and his fellow man. He truly wants to save people, and believes that the word of God (from the Bible) is the way to salvation.

    2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest?

    We both like to lift weights and work very hard at it, so we are very much alike that way. And we both love our families very much. We are very different in that Pastor Lovejoy believes (at least initially) in absolute terms that all the words in the Bible must be followed as written in order to achieve salvation. I believe the bible is a book written by men and interpreted many different ways, and would rather focus on the love here on Earth that’s in front of us by following the golden rule of kindess and respect for others in our day to day lives. I believe that it’s very important to always be grateful for our many gifts and opportunities, and to be open to giving and receiving love.

    3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

    I had just become an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery, so that I could perform the blessing at my friends’ wedding ceremony. It just seemed like it was meant to be when I saw the project listed on Actor’s Access.

    4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set.

    I am always the hot and sweaty guy in almost all situations, and as usual I was so sweaty after the morning takes on our first day of shooting that the crew had to use a blow dryer to dry my clothes during lunch, so they wouldn’t look soaking wet while we were filming. But my excessive internal body heat helped me to become closer to the actor who plays my wife Lizzie Lovejoy (Karen Chase) because she was really cold on the first day, so I kept hugging her close to me and helping to keep her warm. I think it helped us to form a bond. She’s wonderful.

    5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

    I think its very original. The characters are well developed, and Rabbi Levy is an angel. She helps people in a way that will make you smile.

    THE WILD CARD:

    What do you look for in a significant other?

    Kindness, a sense of humor, and someone who pitches in and helps out in good times and bad times.

  • Featured Core Team Member of the Day: Christian Ayers

    Today’s Jewvangelist of the Day is the multi-talented Christian Ayers, who both wrote the series and appears in Episode One. Learn about his life and times below.

    THE PERSONAL:

     1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background? 

    In a nutshell, I’m a 6’6” claustrophobe from the Coastal Plains region of South Texas. I have a background in little league baseball and an unrivaled list of academic achievements, including time spent at four separate middle schools. As a child, I wanted nothing more than to play 1st base for the Astros, take untold quantities of steroids, revolutionize the game and die by my own hand, but life, as it turns out, had other plans. 

    2. Tell us about your acting/writing career so far. 

     The first word I ever spoke was when I stupidly blurted out “ball!” as a toddler, and I’ve been telling stories ever since. Sometimes people love my stories because my writing touches them on a personal level, and other times they just want to pay me ungodly sums of money. That’s life, though. I shouldn’t complain.

     3. What is your dream job/project? 

     I’d still like to play 1st base for the Astros, but my dream job is to be a showrunner for my own television show, which would ideally cover the life and times of Jeff Bagwell.

     4. Who inspires you most in your field?

    My top ten most inspirational people in my field include: Billy Wilder, Louis C.K., Martin McDonagh, Charlie Chaplin, Tina Fey, Conan O’Brien, Mark Dacascos, Sly Stallone, Vince Gilligan and Jeff Bagwell.

     THE PROJECT:

     1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about him or her.

     I play a construction worker, affectionately known as “Construction Worker #1.” He’s a working glass guy that wears Warby Parker glasses. In his entire life he’s spoken only one sentence, and it so happens to be the line he delivers in the script, so it was a big moment for him.

     2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest? 

    Well, Construction Worker #1 really likes to work with his hands, and I do things with my hands all the time, so there you go. We differ a bit, however. Construction Worker #1 is still grieving over the death of his wife, affectionately known as “Waitress #4.” Pretty sure he’ll get over it by next season, though.

     3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?

     I grew up evangelizing, and my all-time favorite food is bagels and lox, so it seemed natural.

     4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set. 

    Well, I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, but I once saw a guy whose name rhymed with Billem Dan Ver Degt just outright steal some finger sandwiches on set and then, like the coward he is, blame me. I forgive, Billem, but I’ll never forget.

     5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?

     The Shakespearean writing, the inner sadness of Construction Worker #1, and of course the all around fantastic work done by our amazing producer, director, crew and actors. Seriously, if you end up liking this web series, about 97% of it is due to them.

     THE WILD CARD:

     1) What do you look for in a significant other?

    5+ years experience, strong communicator, exceptional writing skills, organized and proficient in MS Office programs.

     2) What would you pick as your last meal on earth?

     Bagel and lox.

     3) What is your spirit animal?

     A cow being lowered by a crane into a pen filled with hungry Velociraptors.

     4) What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

     Bath salts.

     5) Do you ever feel like the universe might be telling you something? If so, what?

     Move to Paris and never speak of my past.