Colin Ford almost didn’t take on the role of Cody Gunnar in the Great American Pure Flix series “A Thousand Tomorrows,” based on the novel by best-selling author Karen Kingsbury. In fact, he almost stopped acting altogether. But when God answers prayer, you know it—and thankfully, He opened the door for Ford to share this faith-based project with the world.
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“There’s been a few points in a period of time in my life where I’ve questioned [if I should be acting],” Ford revealed in a recent interview. “Ironically, before I got ‘A Thousand Tomorrows,’ I was in bed. I had been a little discouraged on some meetings that had been going on and was just, you know, praying to God and wondering if this is the right thing for me.”
The very next morning, Ford got the answer he was desperately seeking. He received an email offering him the part of Cody.
“That right there was kind of a message. I just feel like I have [had these] little times in my life [demonstrating] the power of prayer and I hear God’s response in one way or the other. So that’s how I know,” he said. “Being a man of faith, someone who obviously wants to share that with as many people as possible, and having a series like ‘A Thousand Tomorrows’ … I think it’s a joy for me to get to share that with the world.”
Ford was able to go into the “A Thousand Tomorrows” shoot with a reinvigorated passion for his craft knowing that he was doing exactly what he was supposed to do. And it made the experience extra special for the 27-year-old.
“Every single day, in our 30-day shoot, when I would get up in the morning, I just had this extra energy that sometimes I haven't had before on other jobs. I just felt like that was really special,” Ford explained in a 2023 interview. “Sometimes when we had long nights that turned into mornings, or I was tired, it just felt a little bit easier knowing that the weight of it all was kind of being lifted off my shoulders by the big man upstairs.”
It also gave the actor a greater understanding of his “A Thousand Tomorrows” character, who spent a good deal of time searching for answers in his own life. And while God may not have answered Cody ’s prayers in the way he was hoping in the series, the young man was able to lean on his faith through it all, knowing that God had a plan.
“We go through things in life, we have trials and tribulations, and we often feel like we're very alone in our struggle. And I think this story shows you that you're not alone in your struggle,” Ford said. “I think that through faith and support systems that you set in place, you can get through anything.”