While he may not be a household name, Nathaniel Buzolic’s 1.9 million followers on Instagram are both avid fans of the TV shows he has been involved with and his openness to share his faith on the social media platform.
An Australian of Croatian heritage now living in Los Angeles, Buzolic began his career on Australian television shows Home and Away, All Saints and Out of The Blue. He then gained a cult following on the CW Network with shows such as Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, all of which are currently streaming on Netflix. More recently, Nathaniel worked with Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson on Hacksaw Ridge, which was released theatrically in November 2016.
The Originals wrapped its fifth and final series this year and Buzolic is coming back to Australia as a guest of Oz Comic Con in Brisbane on 22-23 September and Sydney on 29-30 September.
Insights caught up with him before his Australian visit and talked about his passionate love of Christ, how having faith works in the heady world of Hollywood and about what lies ahead after a successful run on television.
How does your faith support you in the competitive world of the entertainment business?
It’s helpful in enabling me to disconnect from a business that is based on how you look, how much money you make, how relevant you are and how many followers you have. When you look at the teachings of Jesus it is an absolute upside down kingdom where the person who is last is first, the person who serves is considered greatest in the kingdom of God.
I think you start to realise that the world doesn’t need another actor to be successful for it to be a better place, the world definitely needs to start listening to the truth of what Jesus said.
Ultimately what faith does is anchor you to something that is deeper and more meaningful than a lot of things that we are told are important that will eventually fade away.
My faith helps me disconnect from the business to realise it is just a job and it’s a way I can provide an income for myself and my family.