Tom Lewis, star of ‘Redeeming Love,’ reveals what he admires most about Michael’s love for Angel.
In the film ‘Redeeming Love,’ Tom Lewis makes his feature film debut as the loving Michael Hosea. He spoke with HL EXCLUSIVELY about Michael’s affection for Angel and the film’s ‘true’ depiction of the book.
On the big screen, Francine Rivers’ timeless love story comes to life. Redeeming Love, the cinematic adaptation of her best-selling novel is currently in theaters.
Tom Lewis talks with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about playing Michael Hosea in the film. He expressed the aspect of Michael’s affection for Angel that he admired the most.
Tom told HollywoodLife, «I suppose the patience that he has for her.» «Angel is a character that has experienced a great deal of self-hatred and self-loathing, as well as the things she truly feels for herself. Michael had only just noticed this lovely lady. It’s a case of «love at first sight.» When he sees her, he thinks to himself, «Oh, I’ll never settle for less.»
I’m just going to sit here and wait for this girl to realize that she belongs with me. I’m a romantic at heart, therefore that appeals to me. It’s a lovely thing, especially in those early scenes when they first meet. Reading the script, the chemistry was immediately apparent.
Those earlier sequences between them were what I auditioned with. ‘This is a movie I have to be associated with because it just lifts off the page,’ I thought as soon as I read those scenes. It was a pleasure to read.»
Tom had never heard of Redeeming Love before auditioning for the role of Michael Hosea. «I read the book in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much,» he said. It was totally up my alley because I love historical fiction and that kind of world.»
The film is set in the year 1850, during the California Gold Rush. Angel is the protagonist of the novel, who was sold into prostitution as a youngster. She has gotten by on anger and self-loathing until she meets Michael Hosea and realizes that love can cure any brokenness.
Francine’s novel was published in 1991, and admirers adore the story she crafted. The film, according to Tom, is «very accurate to the text.» Not every novel can be made into a film, after all.
There are some adjustments that need to be made because it’s a new medium, but because Francine was so involved in the development of the movie and creating the script and everything, it maintains the book’s overall theme and message of hope. I believe that book fans will be ecstatic to see it. They have nothing to be concerned about. I believe it is a faithful adaption.»
Angel is played by Abigail Cowen, who also co-stars with Tom. When Tom arrived in South Africa to film the movie, they met. He disclosed that they had a lot of practice time, which he described as «very valuable» to them both.
Tom makes his feature film debut with Redeeming Love. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young actor. «It’s an actor’s fantasy to sink your teeth into a role like this since they both go through so many highs and lows during the film.» «It’s been an incredible adventure,» he remarked.