It’s Miracle Monday and with it we are continuing our coverage of the press junket, screening and interviews of Miracles from Heaven. In this installment we are talking to Jennifer Garner and Martin Henderson, who play the parents Christy and Kevin Beam.
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MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.
Jennifer Garner and Martin Henderson
Talking to Jennifer Garner and Martin Henderson, we learned even more about the relationships and the family as they are portrayed, as well as about their own faith and very personal thoughts on the subject.
Did you spend a great deal of time with Christy Beam to refine your character?
Jennifer admitted that she spent not only a lot of time with Christy, but that they had numerous telephone conversations and text messages. She appreciated the openness of their exchanges, and that she could talk to her any time about what would work. She admits,
“I still spend a lot of time with Christy. The more time I spend with her the more I genuinely like her.” She continues, “I have a play list in my phone that I still listen to of her [Christy’s] favorite songs and church songs that were definitely inspirational. She was an enormous guide, and help, and cheat sheet for me.”
How has this changed her life in terms of outlook? How has it moved you?
Playing Christy and being in the environment that she was (even though it was pretend), gave me a great sense of perspective. And gave me a sense of peace that my children are healthy and all is well.
Will you see the movie with your children?
Jennifer won’t be taking her own children to the premiere, for a variety of reasons. But she thinks it’s a great movie for mother’s and daughter’s, as well as families to see together. It’s a conversation starter for families.
When asked how they felt when they first read the story each actor has similar reactions. Martin admitted he cried and Jennifer felt sick; to find out that Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders were a rare disease. and to imagine a parent sitting with their child as they try to find ways to deal with it, or a cure.
When we talked to Jennifer Garner in an interview about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day she and Steve Carrell discussed down time with the kids in the movie. It would seem in a movie this emotional it would be even more important to have down time.
One of the tricky things was taking a minute to move away from it. You prepare as much as you can, sometimes you had to let it out. The most important part of the emotional part of the story was to protect Kylie. Martin did that though rock climbing, I did it through bringing crafts to the set. We just tried to “bubble” her.
“She’s just like a pure vessel. She’s incredible in every way.
When asked about portraying Kevin Beam, Martin Henderson shared,
He spent a lot of time with Kevin visiting the home, his church, the clinic and going out to dinner, trying to get to know him. There’s always a quandary of how to portray this person, their essence. The script did a lot of it, with the script showing aspects of his character as a man, not just the father.
“I felt it was huge to honor these people and their story. This is a true story, and it’s an heavy story so I felt emotionally too, I had to do that honestly.”
He talks about Kevin with great admiration. He feels a great connection with Kevin. When trying to get to know him, he felt he was in the presence of a “really good man.” He doesn’t meet that many many who have the kind of integrity that Kevin does. It was inspiring and made him think about what he could do to be more like that kind of man.
It’s not about your ego. It’s about doing the right thing.
Martin shared with us about the overall experience,
What really struck me outside of the religious, faith aspect, which is clearly a part of this family’s story is the universality of it. If, unfortunately, anyone found themselves in a situation, that we would have enough faith from whatever source, we got that from, to get through it. But also how the film acknowledges that they were completely supported by so many other little miracles, that really if you boil it down were acts of love. And, I think you can never really underestimate the effect that being loving can have on someone going through something like that. I hope that it sort of speaks to that and the importance of community, whether it’s a religious community or not.
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