New York Times' bestselling author Eric Metaxas and feisty Latina actress April Hernandez have teamed up to bring a new faith based talk show into mainstream television with "100 Huntley Street." Co-host, Hernandez, chatted with BreatheCast about her experience on the show, her witty co-host, and much more.
"100 Huntley Street" is a new dynamic half hour TV series meant to bring inspirational every day heroes into the homes of the American people. Much different from the "700 Club," this show adds a contemporary approach to people of faith. It is produced by Crossroads Media Group, known as Canada's leader in providing faith and values to media.
Hernandez said she knows God gave her this amazing opportunity to be along side Metaxas on such an inspirational platform. "Every time I think about it I literally get on my knees and I start crying, like WOW God," she said.
Hernandez is popularly known as the supporting actress in the film "Freedom Writers," which she stars in with Academy Award winning actress Hillary Swank. She is also well known for her role on the hit television series "Dexter." The Bronx born actress, although an out spoken follower of Jesus, has yet to take on a role in Hollywood that showcases her faith.
"This is my first time exposing myself as a women of Faith" she stated. "So it's interesting to see what's going to happen."
Faith based entertainment usually separates itself from secular Hollywood but Hernandez said the goal of this show is to bring real life issues to real life people.
"We are just people of faith showing you that we can talk about real issues, have fun, be smart" and "[make] wholesome TV," she declared.
Both New York natives, Hernandez and Metaxas could not be more different in background and culture. Metaxas is well known for his authored biographies Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.
Hernandez stated she gets to be her true self on the show; a sassy, animated, Puerto Rican, unrestricted woman. "This is me in all of my glory," she proclaimed. She went on to speak about her partner Metaxas, and said he brings "the dry witty, unpredictable humor yet absolutely loves the Lord."
"Culturally we hit different aspects," she added.
Faith based entertainment in the mainstream market is often deeply criticized by heavily conservative Christians, but Hernandez said her and her co-host is not phased by that.
"People might think that it's not Christian enough, but that's fine, that's not our concern, our concern is bringing stories and people who are doing amazing things and love the Lord."
The first episode of "100 Huntley Street" will make its U.S. debut this Sunday on the REELZ network. The weekly talk program is based on Canada's longest running daily talk show.
Among this season's celebrity guests are "Survivor" Executive Producer, Mark Burnett, Emmy-nominated "Touched by an Angel" actress Roma Downey, Academy Award winning actor Nicholas Cage, comedienne Susan Isaacs, Candace Cameron Bure from "Full House," and Quinton Aaron of the Oscar-winning film "The Blind Side," with special appearances by author and pastor Rick Warren.
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For more information visit the shows website.