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Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene and Fraser Ayres as Simon the Zealot in NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues.”

Chipo Chung, who stars as Mary Magdalene in the 12-part series “A.D. The Bible Continues,” recently revealed her own misconceptions about her character while discussing the Bible and women’s roles in the early church with The Christian Post.

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s latest television series, which premiered last month before 13.1 million viewers, follows the harrowing yet uplifting story of the birth of the church.

Chung, who joins a cast that Downey said is “as diverse and beautiful as the church is around the world,” delivers a stunning performance as Mary Magdalene as “A.D.” explores the aftermath of Christ’s death and its impact on His disciples. The actress, who is half Zimbabwean, half-Chinese, stars opposite of Argentinean actor Juan Pablo di Pace who plays Jesus, while additional roles of iconic Bible characters such as John, James, and Simon the Zealot went to actors from all over the world.

In taking on the role of Mary Magdalene, Chung was forced to confront her character’s reputation in Western Christianity as being a repentant prostitute. After delving into the Bible and reversing her own errant preconceptions, Chung told CP that Mary Magdalene was instead “a teacher and quite an advanced disciple.”

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