Nancy Stafford is determined to uphold her wholesome values in Hollywood, even if it means turning down roles that are too provocative for her liking.
The actress, who is known for starring opposite Andy Griffith in "Matlock" and Mark Harmon in "St. Elsewhere," prefers films of faith, which is something very close to her heart.
"We just don’t have those kinds of films anymore," the 65-year-old told Fox News in an interview published Wednesday.
Stafford said it was growing increasingly rare to find movies that were "simply fun for the entire family" and not just aimed at kids.
"As an actress in the midst of Hollywood, I do feel the envelope just keeps getting pushed further and further," she said." And things are just getting edgier and edgier. I know I’ve made my career here, but it’s just getting raunchier."
Stafford admitted she had turned down "so much work" over the years because they did not align with her values, but it was not always easy saying no to certain scripts. The actress said she worried about losing work and being branded as difficult.
"I mean, some things are very easy to say no to. Others, you may wrestle with it a little bit because your character seems OK," she said. "But I like to take a look at the message. What’s the messaging I’m sending here?"
There are actors who are not concerned about what message they are conveying but Stafford said it was something she cared deeply about.
"I much rather face myself in the mirror every day and live with integrity than to do something I’ll regret. Film is forever," she said. "You can’t take it back."
Faith is a central theme to Stafford's life, which is why she so carefully chooses which films to star in.
"It really informs everything about me, everything I do, how I try to live," she said of her Christian values. "I am incredibly blessed to have a relationship with God that is vibrant, authentic. God has completely changed my life in ways that I think people who know me are very aware of."
It has not always been smooth sailing for the actress, but she said that despite circumstances, one can find peace through Christ in a way that "really does surpass all of our human understanding." ;
Stafford told Fox News she could not find words to describe that peace but it is something that can remain sturdy in the face of adversity.
"This peace can always live within us. It changes the way you live," she said. "And I’m so grateful for that."
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