Joel Court­Ney

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Imag­ine be­ing an ac­tor and get­ting the lead role in your very first movie. And then learn­ing that you will play op­po­site Kyle Chan­dler, with J.J Abrams as the di­rec­tor and Steven Spiel­berg as pro­ducer. That’s Joel Court­ney’s story. He made his de­but with the sci-fi film “Su­per 8,” which lead to him win­ning a Saturn Award for Best Per­for­mance by a Young Ac­tor. He said that get­ting that part was “one of the most life-chang­ing mo­ments in my life. I could feel it, too. I felt like I was glow­ing, like some­thing was awak­ened in­side of me: a pur­pose.”

True to his word, after “Su­per 8” Court­ney went on to star in many more ti­tles, many that saw him in a main role as well. But per­haps most ev­i­dent and well­re­ceived was this year’s Net­flix rom-com “The Kiss­ing Booth.” “I never could have imag­ined the re­cep­tion of ‘The Kiss­ing Booth’ be­ing so un­be­liev­ably huge,” he ex­claimed. “This movie has op­ti­mism for love and kind­ness that I don’t feel most movies have any­more.”

Soon, we’ll be see­ing him in a more di­verse gen­res, from the su­per­nat­u­ral thriller film “Empty Man” to a re­make of the 1956 film “In­va­sion of the Body Snatch­ers” ti­tled “Repli­cate.” So, what keeps the 22-year-old ac­tor mo­ti­vated? “The Bi­ble,” he said mat­ter-of-factly. “On my good days and bad days, when I’m shin­ing or stand­ing in the shad­ows, no mat­ter what I face, God is my strength. My goal is to build a plat­form where I can spread the Gospel. Share the good news freely and to all who have ears to hear.”

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