New show asks: What would God post?
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.