Chad Michael Murray is not losing his religion.
The 40-year-old One Tree Hill graduate has revealed he won’t take on certain acting roles if they compromise his religious beliefs.
“I stand by the things that I believe in,” Murray recently told Fox News. “Let’s just say a piece of material was dropped on my desk, which has happened a lot over the past 22 years, which I don’t necessarily believe is what I believe or what I’m selling – then that’s not for me .”
The Cinderella Story actor continued, “I don’t want to interfere with something that I don’t believe in in any way because it will destroy it for everyone else involved.”
“If you don’t fully love and embrace the character you inhabit, that will show on screen. I always want to bring the best of myself to the people I work with and the people who will see the film,” he said.
Murray added that he likes to keep his Christian faith close by donning his “spiritual armor” every morning. He reads the Bible and his devotions before going to work.
“I feel stronger and more confident walking out on my sets every day knowing that God is with me every day. Jesus is with me every day,” he said. “When you have that comfort, you just feel safe, you feel different, you have the ability to handle more, your shoulders are bigger, you can carry more weight.”
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Willis, 67, announced his retirement from acting in late March after being diagnosed with aphasia. The brain disorder affects his ability to communicate and impairs his comprehension.
Murray has also been open about working with the “Die Hard” legend amid his health struggles. “I think I would say that the majority of us all have an admiration for it [Bruce Willis]. He was my childhood. He’s a big part of my childhood,” said the father of two.
Murray continued, “So for me, to have a chance to go on set and not just work together but really build a relationship and get to know each other a little bit and talk and swap old war stories and fool around, fool around, laugh and have those.” Moments on set – these are moments that I do not take lightly, for which I am so infinitely grateful.”
The action film icon’s daughter, Rumer, shared a statement that her father took a step back from Hollywood on March 30.
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, we wanted to share as a family that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia which is affecting his cognitive abilities,” the statement read. “As a result, and with much deliberation, Bruce is stepping down from the career that has meant so much to him.”