Alone Yet Not Alone tells the riveting true story of a family at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. It is an amazing story of survival through faith. Fleeing religious persecution in Germany in the 1750’s, the Leininger family seeks a new start in America. In a terrifying raid, Delaware warriors kidnap the two young Leininger daughters and attempt to indoctrinate them into native culture. The eldest, Barbara makes a daring escape, pursued by her captors through wild and dangerous terrain. Will Barbara ever see her sister again? The movie opens in select cities on June 13, 2014.
I had an opportunity to interview Kelly Greyson, who portrays Barbara, the eldest of the Leininger children captured by the Indians.
Dove: Kelly, Can you begin by telling me how you started in film?
Kelly: I was very shy growing up. No one in my family saw me as an actress. The idea of every move I made being micro-analyzed by an audience frightened me. But I was very interested in media and remember as a child praying for people in media. I had some experience as a show host and photographer. Then, I was asked to audition for a role and got the part. Before I knew it, I was in front of the cameras. Now, here I am full circle impacting the lives of people as an actress.
Dove: Tell me about your experiences while making the movie, Alone, Yet Not Alone
Kelly: I loved the story, knowing that it was true made it all the more interesting. There are so many valuable life-lessons one can take away from watching the film – being anchored in your faith; knowing that God is there no matter what the circumstances; the importance of self-sacrifice; and teaching children to trust in God through the Bible and by example. These principles are evident in the story. It’s what kept the girls focused on God through horrifying circumstances, gave them the will to endure the trials, and it’s what reunited them in the end. The youngest sister lost the ability to speak her native German after spending so many years with the Indian tribes. But when she saw a Bible, she was able to quote scriptures she had learned as a child perfectly.
Dove: This is a very intense story with lots of action and adventure. How did you manage all of the physically demanding scenes?
Kelly: My role as Barbara was very demanding; running through the woods, swimming in ice cold rivers, playing lacrosse, and riding horseback. But, I enjoyed the physicality of it. I’m an athletic person; growing up with an older brother I spent a lot of time playing basketball and rock climbing.
Kelly: One thing I noticed was that you are a very distinct actress, not similar to any others. How do you think that happened?
Kelly: I have no desire to become anyone other than the person God made. I’m not looking to be the next clone of another famous actress. My purpose is to use that personality and the experiences I’ve had to portray characters I play to the best of my ability.
I’m blessed to have been selected for major roles in several family movies that will be released in the next few months. I am busy, but my relationship with God is more significant than a role in a movie…He’s my anchor.