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Actress Grace Johnston stars in the new film “CAMP,” now out on DVD, and she recently spoke with The Christian Post about stalking the producers for her role in the movie and not compromising while searching for work in Hollywood.

“CAMP” tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named Eli who attends a camp for kids in the foster system. Johnston, who has been active in Hollywood since the 1980s, plays Tammie Parker, the camp’s director. It is inspired by a true story and was shot at Hume Lake Christian Camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The Christian Post: What made you interested in working on “CAMP”?

Grace Johnston: My manager brought me the script; I read scripts all the time, and [with] many of them, I don’t feel comfortable with the character or storyline. This one I read and fell in love with it. I went in initially for the meeting, and I didn’t hear back from them. I actually contacted the production company and the director and was like, ‘Hi, my name is Grace Johnston and I am Tammie Parker. You’ve already seen me in this and what the heck is happening here?’ They thought it was funny [that] I was being a stalker and explained that production had been pushed back because they were going to film at a real Christian camp (Hume Lake Christian Camp) and had to do so in the off-season. We had some scheduling conflicts, and I was relieved because I just knew I was Tammie.

I was hooked because I knew that the director and producer was a volunteer himself, and this was an all-around passion project. I consider this more of a movement than a movie because this is based on Royal Family Kids’ Camp for abused and neglected children in foster care. Since this movie has come out, they’ve had over 3,000 inquiries for donations and volunteers and over 1,000 new volunteers, which is just amazing because that means that 1,000 more kids can go to these camps and have their lives changed. Roles like this are few and far between.

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