Carrie Underwood made her acting debut this week in "Soul Surfer," and says that her character has inspired her to be more outspoken about her faith.
"Soul Surfer" tells the true story of champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003, when she was 13 years old. In the movie, Underwood plays Sarah Hill, a church youth pastor.
"I don't think I'm that different from the real Sarah," Underwood told Chris Balish of OnTheRedCarpet.com. "She's a little bit stronger and is a lot more outspoken, about her faith especially, which is something I strive to do and just speak from my heart and not worry about anything else, only good can come from it, so she's just definitely someone to learn from."
Hamilton was surfing with friends in Hawaii when a 14-foot tiger shark ripped off her left arm and "Soul Surfer" follows her recovery and triumphant return to the sport she loves. The movie stars AnnaSophia Robb, who played Violet Beauregarde in the 2005 movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid co-star as Hamilton's parents.
Underwood, 28, didn't have acting intentions but was drawn to the story and message of the script, which she said "screamed" to her.
"This movie was just a project that screamed at me, it screamed Carrie, this role screamed my name," Underwood told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "This 'Soul Surfer' project was so special and to be honest, didn't fit into my schedule whatsoever. They were all like, 'We're taping here, here and here,' but we had to make this work somehow because the story is so great."
Underwood launched her career by winning season four of "American Idol." Since then, the country star has sold over 12 million albums and won five Grammys, three Country Music awards and a Golden Globe nomination for her single, "There's a Place for Us," which was featured in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
In the summer of 2010, Underwood married pro-hockey player, Mike Fisher. Her latest album, "Play On" was released in 2009 and the country singer is currently writing her next album but says she would consider another acting role, if it were the right fit.
"I'm writing right now and working on my next album and I wouldn't imagine it would be too long until that's finished," Underwood said. "But if something else like this came along, I'd want to get involved again but I'm not really looking to become an actress full-time."
Check out a trailer for "Soul Surfer" below.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).