New show asks: What would God post?

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ac­tor Bran­don Micheal

Hall’s mother is a preacher and he prac­ti­cally grew up in the church, so when he signed on to play an athe­ist in the new se­ries God Friended Me, she wasn’t en­thused.

“She’s fine with it now,” Hall, 25, said with a laugh in a re­cent in­ter­view.

“the cool thing about that is that we’re ac­tu­ally hav­ing more di­a­logue about it. Grow­ing up you’re taught that you don’t ques­tion cer­tain types of things, so we’re hav­ing more per­sonal con­ver­sa­tions about what spir­i­tu­al­ity and re­li­gion means.”

air­ing Sun­days on ctV and cbS, the drama stars Hall as Miles, a New york-based host of a pod­cast in which he de­bates re­li­gious ex­perts about the ex­is­tence of a higher be­ing. In what he ini­tially deems a joke, he keeps get­ting Face­book friend re­quests from a “God” ac­count. When he even­tu­ally caves in and ac­cepts one of the re­quests, he finds him­self sud­denly deal­ing with sit­u­a­tions in which he has to help oth­ers.

In a sce­nario sim­i­lar to Hall and his mother, his char­ac­ter’s dad on the show is a rev­erend and the two de­bate each other about their be­liefs.

“Miles’ story that we’re telling is not only help­ing me in a pro­fes­sional sense but also in my own per­sonal life, it’s helped me go through some things as well,” Hall said.

“I think you have to turn over ev­ery rock to un­der­stand where you fit and what gives you that sense of hope and that sense of ful­fill­ment that spir­i­tu­al­ity gives you.”

the show high­lights the role so­cial me­dia plays in open­ing up con­ver­sa­tions sur­round­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity, he said, not­ing it also high­lights the im­por­tance of hu­man-to-hu­man con­nec­tion. Iron­i­cally, Hall him­self rarely uses Face­book. “I’m re­ally on In­sta­gram,” he said with a laugh.

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