Eduardo Verástegui isn’t a typical actor. Many actors may just be concerned about their careers, the money they can make, the fame, or awards they might win. Eduardo Verástegui, however, a devout Christian, stars in a movie, Bella, that is more than just entertaining– it is making a difference, as viewers have decided not to have abortions, to give their babies for adoption instead.
In the movie, Verastegui plays international soccer star, José, who signs a multi-million dollar contract, but his career comes to an abrupt end, and he works as a cook in his brother’s restaurant. An act of kindness brings him and Nina, a waitress, played by Tammy Blanchard, together, and José must deal with his past and show her the healing power of love. Audiences have received the movie well, and it has already won the People’s Choice Award from the prestigious Toronto Film Festival.
While doing research for the movie, Eduardo Verástegui, the dedicated Christian, visited an abortion clinic in Los Angeles and was shocked to see 15 and 16 year old girls going in for abortions. He found it difficult to continue with his research. He didn’t know how to talk with them, but he did not want them to proceed with their planned abortions, and he prayed to God for wisdom as for what to say. He gave one girl a teddy bear and his cell phone number, and she cried and left the clinic, without getting an abortion. Months later, he received a phone call from a man who asked permission to name the baby after him. Eduardo had never thought he would be able to be used to save a baby’s life.
In Miami, Eduardo Verástegui talked with another girl who was contemplating abortion, and she saw Bella. She cancelled her appointment for an abortion, and a few weeks later, when the baby was born, she named her, Bella.
Eduardo Verástegui was a star in the Latin market, before he became a star in the United States. He had considered studying law, but instead he became a member of the Mexican pop group, Kairo, and he traveled for four years throughout Latin America with the group that was one of the most popular in the Spanish-speaking market. He also starred in Spanish soap operas that were seen in more than 50 countries, including an audience of 10 million in the United States. He had a lot of other successes in the Spanish market and was named by the Spanish version of People as one of the most 50 beautiful people in the world.
Eduardo Verástegui started to star in American movies, such as Chasing Papi, and made guest appearances on television shows, such as CSI Miami, Charmed, and Karen Sisco. He has also appeared on hundreds of magazine covers.
There is no doubt that Eduardo Verástegui has been deeply affected by his Christian faith, and that has a lot to do with why he is concerned with the issue of abortion. On his official website, he lists his role model as Jesus Christ.
According to information on his website, http://www.eduardoverastegui.com, he is “not interested in roles which taking part in projects which do not reflect his own ideals….Eduardo is no longer interested in seeking fame in Hollywood by featuring a simple Latin lover…he expects to transmit a message of full of moral and spiritual values throughout the screen.” He also wants to stir the public conscience. He does not want fame and fortune as much as he wants to serve God and Christians.
Eduardo Verástegui wasn’t always a dedicated Christian, did not always believe Jesus Christ is God’s Son Who died on the cross and rose again to save the world from sin, and he wasn’t always interested in fighting abortions. He was born the son of a sugar cane farmer in Xicotencatl, Mexico. He grew up believing in God, but not committed to God.
After he started to act and sing, he was trying to learn English and was taking classes. His teacher began sharing her Christian faith with her, and after six months, he prayed and committed his life to Jesus Christ. He began to believe some of his professional projects were contributing to the corruption of society, and he wanted to change. He realized that he could no longer take roles that either unfairly stereotyped Latinos nor that compromised his new Christian convictions.
Because he could not control the kinds of movies Hollywood made, Eduardo Verástegui, the Christian, who would later go onto fight abortion, created his own movie company, Metonia (which means turning from darkness to light) Films.
Eduardo Verástegui, as a Christian, doesn’t want to condemn others, just wants to be a light in the darkness, and one way he has done that was making a movie which shows there are alternatives to abortion. Being rich and famous is no longer a major goal of his life.
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