Christian Actor Chad Michael Murray Passed On Roles Over His Beliefs

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Former “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray said he turned down acting parts that conflict with his religious convictions. 

“I stick to the things I believe in,” he told Fox News Digital. “Let’s just say a piece of material were to come across my desk, which has happened plenty of times over the last 22 years, that I don’t necessarily feel is what I believe or what I’m selling — then that’s not for me.”

“I don’t want to step in something that I don’t believe in any way because it’s going to destroy it for everybody else involved,” Murray continued. “If you don’t fully love and embrace the character that you are inhabiting, it will show on screen. I always want to give the people that I’m working with and the people who are going to watch the movie, the most of me.”

The “House of Wax” star puts on his “spiritual armor” before heading off to work by reading the Bible every morning. 

“I feel stronger and safer walking onto my sets every day knowing that I have God with me every day. Jesus is there with me every day,” he remarked. “When you have that comfort that you just feel safe, you feel different, you feel the opportunity to handle more, your shoulders are bigger, you can carry more weight.”

Murray and his family, actress Sarah Roemer and their two children, keep their “pack together” when he takes jobs outside of Hollywood. 

“My kids, my wife, they go everywhere we go. So, I’m on set chilling with Bruce Willis in Puerto Rico — they’re there. Although, they’re on the beach, very different,” he detailed.

Murray’s latest project, “Fortress: Sniper’s Eye,” is one of Willis’ last, after his family announced that he was retiring from acting on March 30, due to a diagnosis of aphasia, which had impacted his cognitive abilities.  

The actor said he didn’t take the moments he spent with the “Die Hard” star on set “lightly.” 

“I think I would say the majority of us all have an admiration for [Bruce Willis],” Murray remarked. “He was my childhood. He’s a big part of my childhood.”

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