Jennifer Garner filmed Miracles from Heaven in the midst of the media blitz that followed the announcement that she and Ben Affleck had split up, and admittedly became inspired on the set of the religious-themed film to invest in her faith again.

Bishop T.D. Jakes On Jennifer Garner

Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes had a firsthand look at Garner’s transformative experience on the Miracles from Heaven set. Jakes believes that the film had a miraculous effect on Garner, and is impressed that she has been so forthright in publicly discussing her renewed faith.

“Jennifer says playing this role brought her back to church again and that it reminded her of faith again in a way that you hardly ever hear anybody out of Hollywood admit openly,” Jakes told uInterview in an exclusive video interview. “I think that in the film itself was a miracle in her life and certainly in mine.”

In Miracles from Heaven, Garner plays mother Christy Beam, whose daughter Annabel is miraculously cured of her chronic digestive disorders after falling head first into a hollow tree. Jakes believes that Garner – mother to Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, – was able to access her maternal instincts to deliver a raw and honest performance in the movie.

“Jennifer is unbelievable,” says Jakes. “Being a mother herself she is so believable in that role and I know Christy Beam and I know Jennifer and Jennifer just channels Christy Beam in this movie in such a way that it’s just unbelievable.”

Jakes added, “She’s extremely powerful, she brings a prowess and professionalism to it but she also brings a heart of a mother that I think women will connect with. Every mother will definitely connect with this film.”

Miracles from Heaven is currently in theaters.


Q: Why did you want to produce this movie? -

Well, we had done Heaven Is for Real, and we had the privilege of working with DeVon Franklin and Joe Roth on that project. It was some part of a sleeper hit that did really very well. Sony wanted to do a sequel, and I was able to find this story. It’s a true story. My literary agent was handling this story for the Beam family. I thought it would make a great film, pitched it to Sony and they decided to do it.

Q: What is the miracle at the center of the story? -

The miracle at the center of the story is after battling with a very, very chronic disease where Annabelle, the little girl, the Beam’s daughter, was unable to digest food and that led to a miserable life for the child, one of her better days she’s outside playing with her sisters and they climb a tree and Annabelle fell – not out of the tree; she fell into the tree. Took five hours to get her out, and after being in the tree for five hours and then thinking she was dead in the tree, they revived her and she was in fact not only whole – no broken body, no broken bones or bruises – but she was also healed. The disease that she had had, the doctors could not heal. The doctor verified it. We met with the doctor, this is a legitimate phenomenon.

Q: Why do you believe in miracles? -

Well, I believe in miracles because I believe in God. I believe in miracles because I’ve been at the birth of my children. I don’t see how you can see a baby born and not believe in miracles. I don’t think that you can survive the death of a loved one and not believe in miracles. There’s so many things that happen to us in life that we don’t get through by ourselves. Miracles are not hard for me to believe.

Q: What did you think of Jennifer Garner’s performance? -

Jennifer is unbelievable. Being a mother herself, she is so believable in that role and I know Christy Beam and I know Jennifer, and Jennifer just channels Christy Beam in this movie in such a way that it’s just unbelievable. She’s extremely powerful. She brings a prowess and professionalism to it, but she also brings a heart of a mother that I think women will connect with. Every mother will definitely connect with this film.

Q: Did you give her any advice about her divorce? -

I didn’t really have to. Jennifer says playing this role brought her back to church again, and that it reminded her of faith again in a way that you hardly ever hear anybody out of Hollywood admit openly. I think that in the film itself was a miracle in her life and certainly in mine. I walked away redefining how I see miracles, and I think everybody who sees it is gonna walk away with what they need.