Actor Nick Shakoour, known for his role as Zebedee in the popular series “The Chosen,” recently shared a profound experience he had during the filming of season three. He described encountering the Holy Spirit, which transformed his belief in God into a profound understanding that Jesus is real. Shakoour plays the character of Zebedee, an older fisherman and the father of two of Jesus’ disciples, James and John, in the show. Shakoour believes that the guiding force behind the series is the Holy Spirit, who played a crucial role in making the whole experience possible. He acknowledged that without God’s intervention, the remarkable series and his role in it would not have materialized. Before his involvement in “The Chosen,” Nick Shakoour had not felt compelled to act in a faith-based production. However, taking on the role of Zebedee in the series has had a profound impact on his perspective of faith and his relationship with Jesus.
The Christian Post reports:
MIDLOTHIAN, Texas — Actor Nick Shakoour, who plays Zebedee in the hit series “The Chosen,” recently described an encounter with the Holy Spirit at the end of season three that took him from believing in God to knowing that Jesus is real.
The young adult actor, who plays an older fisherman who is the father of two of Jesus’ disciples, James and John, shared his experiences with The Christian Post during a set visit.
“I did not think I had a shot in a million years to play a 50-year-old fisherman in Capernaum. From there, it just was a journey of ‘I don’t know what this is going to be about.’ But I knew it felt good coming here,” Shakoour said.
“At the time, I called it the vibe. In hindsight, it was the Holy Spirit definitely guiding us throughout this whole process because there’s no way that all of this would have happened if it wasn’t for God.”
Created by Dallas Jenkins, “The Chosen” has grown into a global phenomenon, having been streamed by over 500 million people worldwide. Season four of the history-making series is now underway, and a recent partnership with Lionsgate is expanding the show’s reach.
Shakoour revealed that, prior to “The Chosen,” he had never felt led to act in a faith-based production.
“How many faith-based projects are out there? There’s a lot, and I’ve never been interested in being a part of any of them or let alone acting in them or watching them. This has just been mind-blowing. Zebedee has become my favorite on-camera character to play. It’s so fun getting to be him,” he shared.
Taking on the role of Zebedee has changed how Shakoour views his faith in Jesus, with him declaring, “I don’t even [just] believe in Him anymore. I know Him!”
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