A veteran actress known for her major roles in film and television says her new faith-based film Sun Moon reminds viewers there is hope on the other side of heartache.
Mackenzie Mauzy, who starred in ABC’s Forever, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and in the Oscar-nominated film Into the Woods, has a lead role in the new Pure Flix romantic comedy movie Sun Moon, which tells the story of a woman, Kelsey, who is left at the altar and subsequently travels to Taiwan to teach English and to get away from her problems. While in Taiwan, she discovers God’s purpose for her life. Pure Flix is a faith-centric streaming service.
“I loved the script when I read it, and I connected with Kelsey,” Mauzy told Christian Headlines. “I think I’ve learned in my life that through hard times, my perspective has really shifted in ways that have opened up experiences in life that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”
Kelsey learns that good things can come out of the trials of life, Mauzy noted.
“Sometimes when you’re so locked in on an idea of what you think your life should look like, or needs to look like, it can block you from all that it can be,” Mauzy said. “And I think in Kelsey’s situation, she thought that this would be her life, she gave up a lot of things to marry this guy. She thought that’s what she was supposed to do with her life, and it kind of crumbles out from under her and she’s got to figure out what to do and how to process these feelings of confusion and anger and heartbreak.”
Sun Moon was produced by Steve Taylor, a two-time Grammy nominee who directed The Second Chance and Blue Like Jazz.
“I think it’s a story that’s relatable to a lot of people – maybe not getting left at the altar, but experiencing heartbreak and loss and just trying to find out what your purpose is on the other side of that end and redefine your relationship with God,” Mauzy said.
It was filmed in Nashville and Taiwan and launches on Pure Flix on May 5.
“We quarantined in a hotel for two weeks, because [Taiwain] had a zero COVID policy, and then we were released onto the island,” Mauzy said. “It was amazing. I was discovering Taiwan at the same time Kelsey was and learning how to drive a scooter and trying to navigate the language barrier.”
Photo courtesy: ©Pure Flix, used with permission.
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.