Flash forward and she's still up for jumping out of her comfort zone.
This weekend, the film opens nationally. Locations include
I caught up with McGlothlin earlier that day at the Family Christian store in
The movie business newcomer--an
She said she has worked for years with her husband in their publicity and public relations business, "Special Guest."
He'd expressed an interest for years in producing a TV show or movie, but that notion stayed dormant until she was inspired during prayer one evening and decided that making a Christianity-themed movie was something they needed to do.
"What started out to be a small,
Her husband raised some of the money from investors, but more than
They even snagged Davi because the firm was handling publicity for a musical project where the star sings the hits of
"He was very gracious in being in the movie, agreeing to work for quite a bit less than he's used to getting," she said.
The couple worked with a production company called Uptone Pictures to work through preparing a script for the film, a retelling of the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son.
"We went through 18 drafts," said McGlothlin, who added that the story works as a modern-day parable about a son finding his way back home after being lured away from the right path.
Casting help came from the production company, but family kicked in when it came time to shoot the movie.
"Two of my sons took care of the craft and food services," she said, noting that they left each morning of an 18-day shoot to restock a food truck. "My daughters helped with child care."
McGlothlin, who looks fit enough to still tackle that ski jump, said it was only because she had the help of her whole family that the film got made.
And her parents,
I had to confess to McGlothlin that the thing I found the most amazing about getting this movie made--and having another, called "Joseph," well underway--is the fact that she and her husband had time to do anything at all in addition to working and raising seven children.
She noted that life is crazy sometimes, but that anything is possible if you put your mind to a goal worth working toward.
Amaya, who also stars in the current film "Mom's Night Out," said he was also amazed by the McGlothlin's juggling act.
"I'm just coming to grips with having one child," said the actor, who has his own ministry and drove all night from
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