Mimi Sagadin is a familiar face both on the Christian and mainstream scene. She’s been an actress for nearly thirty years, and has a heart to impact the world positively for God and His kingdom. Mimi recently starred in the movie, Summer of ’67 (read the TBAP review here), and as one of the leading ladies. Graciously taking some time to chat on TBAP, she’s revealed her views on film and life, and allowed us a peek into her life. Take a look!
Miranda ~ Hello Mimi! Glad to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Mimi: Hi Miranda. Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed by you; I appreciate the opportunity. Foremost, I am a follower of Jesus, wife and mother. I have been married for thirty-two years and have two sons. I have been an actress for nearly thirty years, getting my start doing improv and sketch comedy. I have performed on many different stages in Chicago, including children’s shows at the infamous, Second City. Aware of the strong influence media has on culture, I began to actively pursue a film career sixteen years ago, which was a dream I’d had since I was a young girl. Over the years, God has graciously opened many doors, giving me the opportunity to work on numerous films—from small indies to big budget Hollywood films.
I am passionate about performing in uplifting and inspiring stories that not only entertain, but also give hope to the audience. I want to positively impact the culture through film and reach people through excellent storytelling—ultimately, stories that show real faith in action and share the real hope we have in Jesus Christ.
I also love teaching and sharing my film experiences with the next generation of filmmakers and encouraging them to go forward as ambassadors for Christ within the industry.
Miranda ~ How did you come to make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior? Is there a special story/event that led to this?
Mimi: I came to know Jesus personally when I was in barber school. Yes, I am a licensed barber! I was eighteen years old when the book and movie, The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, came out. I was very intrigued by Bible prophecy, and wanted to know more about the prophecies that had come true. Especially all the ones Jesus fulfilled.
I thought if these prophecies were, indeed, fulfilled, and Jesus died for my sins, and, literally, was raised from the dead … then I wanted to know this God of the Bible and have assurance that I was going to heaven! So, my dear friend to this day, shared the plan of salvation, and I prayed to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior.
Miranda ~ What circumstance in particular inspired the moment and triggered the dream to become an actress?
Mimi: My dream to become an actress was triggered when I was volunteering as a hostess at a Christian Playhouse. After I became a Christian, I was looking for new ways to meet other believers. I always loved the arts and acting, but I never pursued it because, I thought it was a silly little girl dream, which I never shared with anyone. Until…one day when I shared that dream with one of the actresses from that playhouse. And without batting an eye, she said, “…of course YOU can pursue acting, too!” Wow! That was the very first time I ever heard those words of encouragement. And because of this friend, who is my best friend to this day, I am an actress!
Miranda ~ You’ve become a familiar name and face on TV! How do you choose your roles?
Mimi: It is very important for me to choose all my roles wisely and prayerfully. I want to be a testimony to the Lord. So if I have a question about a role, I will pray about it and also ask for advice from my husband, as well as my friend, who is a wise woman of God. So between the prayers, advice, and reading God’s Word, the Holy Spirit is faithful and reveals what roles I should accept or not. It’s a spiritual battle out there, so it’s not always easy. But, honoring God is THE most important thing for me.
Miranda ~ What particularly about the story and the character led you to accept your role in the Summer of ’67 movie?
Mimi: I loved the opportunity to play a very different character in Summer of ’67. Joanna is very complex and has many layers that make her behave in the odd way that she does. So I had to creatively use my imagination and come up with a detailed backstory to justify her actions. That was very challenging—yet very fulfilling for me as an actress.
Miranda ~ How would you describe your experience on the set of Summer of ’67?
Mimi: Being on the set of Summer of ’67 was such a joy! Getting to work with Sharon and Fred Wilharm, and their daughter and son-in-law, Bethany and Clay, as well as all the other cast and crew, was really fun and inspiring. The atmosphere was truly Christ-centered, and the fellowship was amazing, being with like-minded creatives and followers of Jesus. It was a slice of heaven!
Miranda ~ How has Summer of ’67 affected you personally, and what do you hope viewers will walk away with?
Mimi: I desire that the audience members walk away with a deep respect for our veterans, particularly the Vietnam vets. It’s an upfront account of the sacrifice they made, and the tremendous impact it had on the women and families left behind. And, most importantly, the vital role of faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, during that tumultuous time in America’s history.
Miranda ~ In what way would you say Summer of ’67 is different than other movies like it? What do you believe the story can positively add to the world today?
Mimi: I pray the film will entertain the audience, but more importantly, leave them with the message of hope and redemption, even in the midst of loss and regret. And to remember that freedom is never free.
Miranda ~ What are you most grateful for—right now and generally?
Mimi: Right now, I am grateful for my husband and the thirty-two years God has given us together, especially now that we are officially empty nesters.
Miranda ~ What advice would you offer a person who believes they’ve been called by God to go into acting?
Mimi: If you believe God has called you into acting, I encourage you to pursue it as long as you have the encouragement and support from people you trust. Especially your spouse, if you are married. It IS a worthy calling. But only do it because you are passionate about it, love creating, and, want to be used of God in the industry. Don’t ever do it for financial gain. Most likely, you will need another job or career that will give you the income and flexibility necessary to pursue your dream. As long as your relationship with the Lord is first…and never after your acting career, then you can’t go wrong. And if you are married, then the proper order is, God, spouse, children, and lastly, acting. Don’t let it become an idol! It’s easy to do that. God is a God of order, and He blesses His children when our relationships are in proper order.
THIS or THAT (The Fun Qs!)
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, for sure!
Dresses or Pants? Pants
Heels or Boots? Boots
Gym or Outdoors? Gym
Summer or Spring? Summer
Breakfast or Dinner? Breakfast
Cooking or Cleaning? Cooking or Cleaning….I plead the 5th (lol)
Music or Books? Music
Juice or Smoothie? Smoothie
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate AND Vanilla
Salad or Fruit? Salad
Scarf or Gloves? Scarf
Blazer or Leather Jacket? Long knee-length Blazers : )
About Mimi Sagadin
Actress and speaker, Mimi Sagadin, is passionate about using her craft to positively impact audiences with stories that are inspiring and redemptive … ultimately pointing them to the “good story” found in Jesus Christ. Her breakout role was portraying Dutch Holocaust survivor, Corrie ten Boom, in Return To The Hiding Place. You can catch her as the mother of a Vietnam Vet in her most recent film, Summer of ’67, which released June 29, 2018, at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 in Nashville, Tennessee.