In Islam, Jesus is a prophet, and if you look at Mohammed and Jesus and Moses, it's not like Moses is better than Jesus and Jesus is better than Mohammed. They're all so highly respected and honored and followed, and they're all there for a reason.
You can't argue with the truth.
In Islam, we believe Jesus is a prophet and respect him and follow his teachings and put him beside the Prophet Muhammad - a lot of people don't know that.
Islam believes that Jesus is a prophet, and they honour him - highly - and they respect him, and they follow his teachings. So, for me, as somebody who was raised Muslim, it is an honour to actually play Jesus, just because of that.
The closest you'll get to God, ever, in your existence, is measured by how close you get to yourself. Because your connection with God is you. He created you. That is the ultimate connection you have with God is you.
The bigger the movies you're in, the chances are better at getting more diverse roles.
When you trust yourself, then you trust God.
There's always something personal, no matter how big or small the story is.
It's definitely my responsibility not to stereotype any character, but especially a gay character because of the misperceptions people still have about gays.
I'm from Lebanon, and I've been exposed a lot to Syria.
No actor wants to be typecast, so you always want to make good, careful choices.
It's moving in the right direction for Arab actors but very slowly.
Jesus was a teacher, in a way. I mean, essentially, Jesus was a teacher. He was teaching people. He was helping them see themselves for what they were. He was helping them see their power, their strength, their beauty, what they're capable of.
My religion is inclusivity.
God created me. And the closest I will ever get with God is this soul, this body. And if I don't have myself, if I don't listen to myself, if I don't trust myself, then I don't trust God, because God created me.
Whenever you create some sort of disturbance in the air, there's an awakening that happens, an opportunity for a conversation, an opportunity to build bridges, specifically, an opportunity to connect different groups that typically wouldn't connect with one another.
Whatever it is that you are doing as an actor, if it frightens you, if you're scared of it, you need to do it.
Musicals look beautiful and great and fun, but man, when you're getting into it, you got to be on top of it.
I don't know exactly what kind of training musical theater actors get, but I never had that.
As an actor, my No. 1 focus was to be on the same page with the writer, director, and producers.