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This will be the defining visual artistic portrayal of the sacred text for years to come. We will reach places and people we will never meet.

Crosby: Roma, how did the experience of portraying Mary the mother of Jesus affect you?

Downey: I have loved Mary my whole life. My mother died when I was a little girl, and in a sense, I think Mary became my spiritual mother at that time. I was so privileged to play this role. If anything prepared me it is that I am a mother myself, so I saw the role through a mother's life and a mother's heart. To watch your child be so brutally murdered is so challenging. I have always loved her, but I never really fully considered what that might be for her—remaining at the cross.

We filmed the Passion sequence in Morocco and my own family was there during that time. When I first heard they were coming, I thought that may be bad timing because I needed to be focused. But, in retrospect having them there and their love was so helpful to me.

Crosby: Do you see this changing your future professional course in any way?

Downey: For many years I have tried to step into work that would be pleasing to God. I was so fortunate to deliver a message of God's love on Touched by An Angel for almost ten years. It is now such a privilege to be a part of this extraordinary Bible series. I am a person of faith, but being part of this project has deepened my faith.

Robert Crosby is the author of several books. His newest is The Teaming Church: Ministry in the Age of Collaboration (Abingdon Press).

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