We all know Patricia Heaton as Debra on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and Frankie on the sitcom “The Middle”, but did you also know she is a strong woman of faith? She can even be found tweeting and retweeting to her 352,000 followers online about her faith.
She also attributes all of her success to the Lord’s leading. In an interview with Christian Today, she says her career started from a humble and somewhat odd beginning.
“When I moved to LA, I was 30—no agent, manager, or car, and one commercial to my name. If someone today came to me today and said, “Hey I’m a 30-year-old woman who’s not a model. I don’t have an agent or a manager or a car. Do you think I should move to LA?” I would say absolutely not. So my example is a little strange. I feel like God really held [back] any success until I was at a breaking point.”
And her success did start to flourish. Once she submitted to His leading, she started to witness amazing transformations in her career.
She shared a moment after returning to LA from a mission trip to a Mexican orphanage: “I woke up the next day and I had this deep sense of peace I’d never felt before, and it made me realize that up until that point, my entire identity was in my success or lack of success as an actor.
She spoke about a defining moment in prayer. “I said to him literally, pretty much out loud, ‘I will go back to Mexico or to whatever mission field you want to send me to, but I have a few auditions here in LA so I’m going to keep doing those. If you want me to change course I will do it gladly, but you have to open the door really wide in one direction or another.’ That’s when I started getting acting work.”
Patricia recently did an interview with Stephen Colbert where she had what they’re calling a “Catholic Throwdown.” Check it out here:
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