Ernie Hudson: A Voice of Faith

Marcus | 9/20/2012, 6:10 p.m.
The veteran actor, currently of NBC's "Heroes" and known for past roles in "Ghostbusters" and HBO's "Oz," talks about his ...

The veteran actor, currently of NBC's "Heroes" and known for past roles in "Ghostbusters" and HBO's "Oz," talks about his new audio Bible project and his issues with how spirituality is portrayed on "Heroes."

Even if you don't know Ernie Hudson's name, you know his face and his resume. Currently starring as a detective in the NBC series "Heroes," Hudson is known for his many film and TV roles, including "Ghostbusters," "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," "Oz," "Desperate Housewives" and others.

Hudson comes from a family of ministers and credits his Christian faith with having guided him throughout his life. Now, he's participating in an all-star line up of celebrities who've helped create the just-released audio Bible series, "

Word of Promise

," voicing the apostle Peter.  Ernie recent spoke in an interview about the spiritual roles he's played and how the good in people inspires him.

SS/JC: Hi Ernie. Let’s jump right inYourgrandfather and great grandfather were both ministers. How did they shape your faith?

EH: Great. Hi Susie. Yes. In my family--my cousins, uncles--they've all been very spiritual and religious. They were very involved in the early formation of the Church of God in Christ. And so, religion has always been a part of my family. I think some people practice more than others, but it's always been a part of our life.

I don't say I was born in the church, but I was born and from the earliest years, I was always involved in church activities, much more so up until I left home. I tend not to do it as much now, but, I've always been there, sang in the choir, was involved in the youth activities. There was usually something going on at the church, certainly, six out of seven days. Sunday was an all-day event.

And so, the concepts, the principles, the basic tenets of Christianity were always a part of what we considered a normal life, and certainly we've built our lives on it. And certainly in our house, because my grandmother raised me, and she was the matriarch.

I had aunts and uncles who were not necessarily people who went to church a lot, but I think once it's a part of your life, it's a part of who you are. The truths that are found in the Bible are universal truths. And it shapes who you are and guides you throughout your life.

SS/JC: What was it like portraying Peter in the "Word of Promise" audio Bible project? Was there a pressure to perform a biblical character?

EH: It was interesting, because the first part of the year I was doing a play on Broadway and the president came to see it and someone said, "Is there an added pressure?" I don't kind of feel that kind of pressure like "what if something goes wrong?" I think it felt more like a responsibility to bring whatever I believed, whatever honesty that I felt. I just felt it was to be aware and accept the responsibility that you're doing something that has significance greater than if it was just doing some of the book on tape. And it was that--but, I mean, it's the Bible.