Sam Sorbo was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with her.
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How do you introduce yourself?
Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood and what are the bad and good things you remember?
Sam Sorbo: Although I lacked maturity, I was fairly adult in my behavior during my youth. I was the family arbiter, often negotiating disputes between my sisters. I had a stepfather for a while, who provided a nice home for us but unfortunately, I don’t have any good memories of him. I was raised as a Jew in an atheist household where we celebrated Christmas and Easter, typically (my stepfather was Presbyterian).
Once my stepfather left, my mother took a job that demanded she work specifically during my after-school hours. As the last child, I was lonely in the big house by myself every day. I grew depressed. I used to come home every day from school and sit on the couch and weep. It was not a fun time. I had a wonderful little dog, a mutt, who was my comforter. My sisters and I were all encouraged to study abroad.
I ended up spending my senior year of high school in Sweden. It was the first best thing I ever did for myself, I like to say. It gave me a grateful perspective for this beautiful nation, and the opportunities that it provides. And it allowed me to grow my wings and take flight. You might say that once I left home, I pretty much never went back. I visited a bit, but I didn’t miss the situation I grew up in.
Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?
Sam Sorbo: Growing up, I struggled with a great deal of insecurity. That’s why it’s fairly ironic that I started modeling! Of course, it’s likely well-known by now that most models are hyper-insecure. It took me a long time to overcome that.
I eventually learned simply to live with it. Later, I even learned to embrace it. That is, in a sense, the definition of acting, living in your insecurities.Along the way, I realized that the trick is not to focus on the struggle. The struggle is necessary, and the challenges make you stronger. The important thing is to set your priorities, and then pursue. My husband and I struggled with infertility, likely due to the strokes he suffered shortly before we were to be married.
While that was a difficult time for us, it brought me closer to God, it revolutionized my prayer, life, and forced me to reconcile some important truths with the casual way I lived my life. Today, I have three amazing children who have expanded and enhanced my life in ways I never could have imagined possible before.
What do people usually not know about me?
Sam Sorbo: LOL! It’s usually the other way around. In Sweden. They had a phrase about how everyone knows the ape but the ape knows none. In other words, because I was the newly arrived American exchange student, I was the ape! When I was back in college, during my modeling years, I thought I could keep modeling, separate and secret from my studies at Duke.
Then, at the end of the year, someone asked me, “Are you going back to modeling?” When I seemed shocked, he said, “Sam, you were on the cover of a magazine. Do you think people don’t know? “ It seems I’m the last to figure what everyone else already knows about me!
What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and in life?
Sam Sorbo: I think the thing that sets me apart from the pack is my commitment to Truth and sharing the it gently and with love. My work has become missioner, to help others. There is a lot of confusion in the world, and there are people who benefit from lying to other people, particularly in our schools. I feel like I’ve been tremendously blessed with an understanding that I can share to help people navigate.
When I get a note from someone, thanking me for my encouragement to homeschool their children, saying they’ve been at it for the past three years, and how it has changed their lives, and the lives of their children, for the better, I feel a deep gratitude that I was successful in sharing the truth.
What are your upcoming major events?
Sam Sorbo: Upcoming Events I am so excited about our new movie “Miracle in East Texas,” coming to theaters this October! It’s a comedy based on the hysterical, historical discovery of the East Texas oil field – the largest in the world at the time. It stars my husband, Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger (known as Cliff in “Cheers” and every Pixar movie ever made), Oscar-winner Joe Gossett Jr., and Tyler Mane.
Our two main characters are scoundrels who convince wealthy widows to invest in their worthless oil wells, and when they “accidentally” strike oil, they’ve oversold the well by 500%! That’s when the trouble begins.The movie is about friendship, entrepreneurship, and forgiveness, some of my favorite things! A Tall Tale Based on an Absolutely True Story, Miracle in East Texas opens October 29th. Tickets are available now at SorboStudios.com
What are your food preferences and physical attributes?
Sam Sorbo: Broccoli. If I could, I would marry broccoli, although it’s a very difficult word to spell. Why is it spelled like that? Just to be difficult?
Your love life, relationships and family?
Sam Sorbo: My family is everything to me. Nobody tombstone reads “Missed by his employees and his boss” or “He wished he spent more time at the office.”
I left my career when I was first married because my husband had recently survived three strokes and needed my full-time care. As he improved, over the course of three years, he became less dependent and I started working a bit again, as an actress. Soon thereafter we started our family, and at some point I realized the kids needed me more than my career.
My three nearly-grown children are my pride and joy, my greatest accomplishment. They are brilliant in different manners. They reach into the world in ways I cannot, and are, in that way, extensions of me. We homeschooled them (I’m a tremendous advocate for home education and I train and teach on it nationally,) and because of that, our relationships are very close.
Strangely, once the kids were more independent (homeschooling fosters more independence than schools do) I wrote, produced, and starred in a film that opened at the box office second only to Thor: Ragnorok. My career was redeemed, after all, although I’m much more devoted to family than business.
What expert advice would you like to give?
Sam Sorbo: Do not institutionalize your children, which of course means don’t put them in school. Education is free it’s only the government that makes you pay for it. Homeschooling isn’t so labor or time intense. Parenting is we shouldn’t take parenting so much for granted. That perspective has destroyed the family. If we choose to homeschool, we can redeem the family in one generation.
Your social media handles and website links?
Social media: Twitter: @thesamsorbo IG:@sam_sorbo