Chad Michael Murray Explains How He Keeps His Christian Faith While Working In Hollywood

by Natalie Kiser

“I stick to the things I believe in.”

May 5, 2022 | 7:00 a.m. CDT

Chad Michael Murray smiling wearing mauve shirt with gray jacket and chain necklace (Rich Polk / Stringer / Getty Images)

Some might think it would be hard to stick to your religion while trying to succeed in Hollywood, but according to Chad Michael Murray, it’s all about doing things that you believe in and not backing down from those beliefs. 

Murray: ‘I Don’t Want To Step In Something That I Don’t Believe In’

“I stick to the things I believe in,” Murray told Fox News . “Let’s just say a piece of material were to come across my desk, which has happened plenty of times over the last 22 years, that I don’t necessarily feel is what I believe or what I’m selling — then that’s not for me.”

“I don’t want to step in something that I don’t believe in any way because it’s going to destroy it for everybody else involved,” the actor continued. “If you don’t fully love and embrace the character that you are inhabiting, it will show on screen. I always want to give the people that I’m working with and the people who are going to watch the movie, the most of me.”

Murray also spoke about how he keeps his faith strong every day, putting “that spiritual armor on” by reading the Bible each morning and doing devotionals. “I feel stronger and safer walking onto my sets every day knowing that I have God with me every day. Jesus is there with me every day,” he explained. “When you have that comfort that you just feel safe, you feel different, you feel the opportunity to handle more, your shoulders are bigger, you can carry more weight.”

The Actor’s Commitment To Keeping His Family Together

His Christian faith isn’t the only thing keeping him grounded. Murray also shared that having his family close is very important to him. “My family and I, for instance, we don’t split up the pack,” the actor explained. “We go everywhere. My kids, my wife, they go everywhere we go. So, I’m on set chilling with Bruce Willis in Puerto Rico—they’re there. Although, they’re on the beach, very different.”

“We keep the pack together,” Murray continued. “We have a very traditional home life. We’re not people who are typically out and going out. I’m not a good hobnobber. It’s not my strong suit. I’ve gotta be honest. I’m more of a homebody.”

Murray has been showing up on our screens since the early 2000s, with roles in shows like Gilmore Girls, Dawson’s Creek, and One Tree Hill. He has also starred in popular movies like Freaky Friday and A Cinderella Story. With such a long-lived and successful career, it looks like Murray’s devotion to this faith and his family have helped him stay grounded and grateful for his career. 

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