Are you guys as excited for ‘The Passion’ live musical on Fox as we are?! The eight members of the cast are SO talented, and they all have incredible careers to boast about before landing these epic roles. Get to know them all here!
In just hours the The Passion will grace our television screens in what’s sure to be the next live musical hit for Fox, and if you’re not familiar with the insanely talented actors starring in the show, we’re here to help! Find out what the eight cast members were up to before this big event right here. (Then read our review here!)
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Jencarlos Canela is playing the lead role of Jesus Christ in the musical, but he’s actually known for his role on several telenovelas. From 2009-2010 he starred on Mas Sabe el Diablo, in 2011, he was on Mi Corazon Insiste, and in 2013, he showed back up in Pasion Prohibida. Oh, and he stars in the leading role of new series Telenovela alongside Eva Longoria…no big deal. Of course, acting isn’t his only forte — he began a music career at just 12 years old in the group Boom Boom Pop, and then embarked on a solo career, during which he’s released three albums.
If you’re a country music fan, you’ll definitely have heard of Trisha Yearwood (she plays Mary, mother of Jesus in the play), and if the name alone doesn’t do it, how’s this: She’s Garth Brooks’ wife! As a solo artist, Trisha has put out ten albums, two of which hit No. 1 on the charts. Her very first song in 1991, “I’m In Love With The Boy,” was a No. 1 hit, and although she mostly stepped back from the music scene in 2007, she’s had an incredibly successful career. On top of that, she’s had her own cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, on Food Network since 2012 and it’s even won an Emmy Award!
American Idol fans will remember Chris Daughtry, who plays Judas, as one of the most successful non-winners from the show! He came in fourth place on the fifth season, with Taylor Hicks shockingly being named the winner, but despite the disappointing finish, he’s had quite a career. Chris formed the band Daughtry and they’ve put out four successful albums and just released a Greatest Hits record — clearly you don’t have to win Idol to to make it!
Prince Royce will play Saint Peter in The Passion, but he’s had a music career of his own for quite some time. After meeting Andres Hidalgo when he was 19, Royce released his first album in March 2010, with the first single being a cover of the classic hit “Stand By Me.” He’s had four studio albums and has been nominated for seven Latin Grammy Awards, although he’s never won.
If you don’t know Seal, playing Pontius Pilate, for his incredible music career, you’ll probably remember that he was married to Heidi Klum for seven years! The British singer has nine albums to his name, four Grammy Awards and has worked as a coach on The Voice Australia during 2012 and 2013.
The three disciples in The Passion are Michael W. Smith, Gabriel Conte and Shane Harper. Michael has had a longstanding career as a contemporary Christian and mainstream artists, with three Grammys under his belt. Shane has starred on shows like Zoey 101, Awkward, Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck Charlie, and even had a role as an extra in High School Musical 2. Check out our interview with him about The Passion right here! Finally, there’s Gabriel, a Vine star who lives for entertaining and will definitely get a chance to do just that on a much bigger platform thanks to this epic role.
Who are you most excited to see in The Passion, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the casting was done well?