Actress Naomi Scott is making headlines across the nation for her phenomenal performance in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” movie that hit theaters last month.
“Looks like the genie granted Disney’s wish,” Wire wittily reported after the film raked in an impressive $110 million at the box office over Memorial Day weekend.
Co-starring alongside Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as the genie, Scott captivated audiences with her elegance and charm as Princess Jasmine.
But while Scott appreciates the accolades, she made it clear in a recent interview with Compassion U.K. that she is not a woman who lives for the praise of man. The actress opened up about how her faith life and identity in Christ have shaped her career.
“Sometimes [my husband and I] get asked the question, ‘How do you juggle your faith and what you do?’ But for me, I don’t know how I would do life without my faith,” said Scott.
The “Aladdin” star explained that she doesn’t perceive her faith as a separate entity from her career, but rather as a defining characteristic integrated into who she is as a person.
“That peace that you know you’re loved and valued is something that keeps me incredibly grounded, incredibly focused,” she explained. “Quite honestly, I don’t see it as this separate thing, this add-on thing. My faith is just a part of who I am and what I do.”
While the wild success of Aladdin has certainly taken her and husband Jordan Spence on a ‘magic carpet ride’ beyond their wildest dreams, Scott remains incredibly grounded and finds comfort in knowing she is not defined by these worldly measures.
“Life is incredibly exciting at the moment, there’s a lot going on,” said the actress. “We just think wow. God’s grace. But no matter what happens, no matter what somebody says about me on Twitter, whatever the future holds, to know that that doesn’t define me is incredible. To know that doesn’t inform my identity in any way shape or form (although it’s easier said than done sometimes). That’s going to be the thing keeping me going. Keeping the main thing, the main thing throughout.”
Amidst a Hollywood scene often flooded with anti-Christian sentiments, it’s certainly refreshing to hear these words of wisdom from a daughter of the King who knows her worth isn’t dictated by the big screen.
Read Naomi Scott’s full interview at compassionuk.org.