Madeline Carroll Talks Renewed Acting Journey: “God Completely Revived My Career”

In a town like Hollywood putting God first is a tricky proposition especially if one’s true intent is to understandably further his or her career. For Madeline Carroll, her faith is of utmost importance, and it’s projects like I Can Only Imagine that has reignited her passion for acting. Check out audio excerpts from Carroll below to gain a better picture . . . 

Directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, I Can Only Imagine centers on the true story of MercyMe’s hit song. Singer/songwriter Bart Millard’s (J. Michael Finley) relationship with his abusive father (Dennis Quaid) inspired him to write the song in just 10 minutes, and telling his personal story is the foundation of the song’s lasting impact. Madeline Carroll stars Millard’s childhood love Shannon (Bart and Shannon are married with five children), and for the actress, taking part in the film was an undeniably enriching experience. 

“I Can Only Imagine”

“It’s so beautiful to watch. I feel like the whole film just has this peace about it,” said Carroll, an actress since the age of 3. “It’s so wonderful. I had the best time. I couldn’t have asked for a better set to be on. Especially with having taken a break for so long to come back and do a film like this. (It) was really something so special and beautiful for me.”

During the interview Carroll cited several of her films (The Magic of Belle Isle, Flipped, Swing Vote) that she was proud of, and even though her star was on the rise she took a break from acting. Turning down role after role and sticking to one’s beliefs, whether faith based or not, is truly a tough and admirable characteristic, and the actress continued to choose the road less traveled.

Films such as I Can Only Imagine, which emphasize redemptive and compelling storylines, are the main reason why Carroll is refocusing her energies into acting, as she believes there is quality material in the offing.

I know that I was meant to be here for a reason and I am so thankful for it,” said Carroll. “God completely revived my career and was like ‘this is where I want you, this is where I have you.’ And I’ve just been walking that out.”

Click on the media bar to hear Carroll discuss how she was cast on I Can Only Imagine, her relationship with God, and an important piece of insight she received from Kerry Washington (Carroll previously worked on Scandal).

I Can Only Imagine is now playing nationwide.


Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Find Your Seen and Deepest Dream, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts. BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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