Jesse Owens, who broke world records at the 1936 Olympics
in Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler, and was recently
featured in a photo spread for Teen Vogue. Having her hand
in a few different areas of entertainment I asked: “What are
your feelings on being a Christian in a very secular industry?”
Riley says, “ I think I’ve lucked out with where I work. Most
members of the Lion King cast are believers. They know
their bible, they praise, and they recognize God is the King
of Kings and the Lord of Lords, which has helped with my
faith and journey.”
If you follow her on any social media, her faith is more than
apparent. Riley is a constant source of Bible scriptures and
thankful posts about God and what He has given her.
LIA: You are very open in regards to your faith, why it is im-
portant for you make those kinds of public declarations when
there are a lot of Christians in this business that don’t?
Riley responded, “The reason why I do it, is because Jesus
told us to go out into the world and preach the gospel. For
some people that might mean being a preacher, while for others, like you and I, it means doing it through our craft. Any
kind of open door to let people know that there is a higher
power should be taken. For me, my story is pretty unbelievable. I don’t have half the training, but somehow I’m here.
It wasn’t by my works. That’s why I put it out there, to let
other people know with the hope that it will inspire them and
encourage them to deepen their faith.”
LIA: During these times when so many people are radically
against Christianity do you worry about backlash?
Riley reflected and responded stating, “I’m sure at some
point there will be backlash. The Lord warned us about this,
that they will come against us, that we would be persecuted.
So, this is not a surprise to me, but there is strength in prayer
and when we come into agreement with each other and use
the Word against it, we can fight it. We don’t have to be
weak. Jesus was a fighter and I will fight as well. I’m going
to preach the love and compassion that the Bible preaches”.
Spreading the Gospel is exactly what this 29 year old contin-
ues to do as she branches out into different areas of the enter-
tainment industry. Riley has teamed up with another amazing