Mary Hunter Johnston’s credited role in “Same Kind of Different As Me” opened the acting door for the 2017 Jackson Academy graduate and gave her a chance to step inside one of her favorite books.
“I really enjoyed the experience and would do it again if I have the opportunity,” she said.
The movie starring Renée Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, and Djimon Hounsou is based on the book by the same title, about a wealthy art dealer, a homeless man, and the woman who brought them together. The true, inspirational story became a best seller.
Mary Hunter’s dad, Stephen D. Johnston, was a producer of the movie filmed in metro Jackson in fall 2014. They made sure the cast felt at home while filming, having them over to the house and taking them out to dinner. Spending time on set with Olivia Holt (Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It”), who played the lead couple’s daughter in the film, was a particular treat.
Mary Hunter’s role as The Little Girl at the homeless mission is a small, dramatic part in a crucial scene. With a credited role, she had her own trailer during her week of filming, breakfast delivery included. “I also had my hair and makeup done while sitting next to Renée Zellweger.”
The movie’s release is set for Oct. 20, with a premiere October 19 at Malco Grandview in Madison. Mary Hunter cannot wait. “This movie is so powerful and has a great message for our country.”
Seeing herself on the big screen? “A little weird,” she predicted. “I have a feeling I will go see it more than once!”
View the movie trailer at https://youtu.be/ldcwHaQpZLQ