Nicole Weider, a fashion model turned women’s activist and filmmaker, says the new film “Switched” shows the harms of bullying and advises young people not to attack each other but instead “lead with love” because everyone is facing their own battles.
The faith-based film debuted on Digital and Video on Demand on Sept. 4 and will be released on DVD Oct. 6.
“Tired of being bullied, Cassandra Evans prays that her nemesis, Katie Sharp, the queen bee of social media, would know what it’s like to walk a day in her shoes. Her prayer is answered in an unexpected way when they get ‘Switched,’ the synopsis reads.
“When Cassandra Evans and Katie Sharp wake up to discover they’ve switched bodies, the two girls must learn to appreciate both the blessings and struggles the other faces on a daily basis, in school and at home. Packed with life lessons of forgiveness, perspective, encouragement and understanding, ‘Switched’ will help teenagers who are searching for their worth in looks and popularity to find their true identity in Christ.”
The film by Mustard Seed Entertainment and Weider Entertainment features a star-studded cast. Those on-screen include Miya Horcher (“The Rookie”), Madeleine Byrne (“Twenties”), John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard), Vanessa Merrell (“Jane the Virgin,”), Laurine Price (“American Crime Story,” “This Close”), Denise Richards (“Starship Troopers”) and Nicole Weider (“Catching Faith 2”).
Weider, a former Victoria’s Secret model, walked away from a lucrative modeling career to follow Jesus and help other women see their worth in God. Now the ex-model is producing and acting in faith-based films. She’s also a wife, mother, and author and who is living out her life mission to encourage young women around the world through Project Inspired. Her organization’s goal is to share her faith with girls who face similar experiences as the characters in “Switched.”
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Weider, the executive producer of “Switched,” where she offers advice based on the themes of the new film.