Nicole DuPort embodies Christian music legend Amy Grant in the 2018 film, “I Can Only Imagine”. Hailing from Northern California, DuPort’s journey from a theater in Berkeley to sharing the screen with Dennis Quaid demonstrates her dedication and creative talent.
The movie delves deep into the remarkable story behind the popular Christian radio song of the same name. It offers a powerful exploration of faith, music, and personal growth.
DuPort’s character is a prime example of the influential nature of inspirational music.
Nicole DuPort’s acting career took off when she came across an audition notice. Her breakthrough occurred in the role of musician Amy Grant in “I Can Only Imagine”. In an interview with StarCentral Magazine, DuPort reflected on her journey in the industry, stating:
The film, inspired by true events, centers on Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe. It underscores how music and mentorship can transform a person’s life. As the story unfolds, audiences witness DuPort aptly capturing Grant’s kindness and humility.
“I Can Only Imagine” is based on real-life experiences and delves into Bart Millard’s turbulent relationship with his abusive father. This strained dynamic served as a catalyst for the creation of the band’s renowned song. The movie authentically portrays Millard’s life-altering journey and the profound impact of his faith and music. It is directed by the Erwin Brothers and written by Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle. The exceptional cast includes Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, and Amy Grant.
According to Fresherslive, the film achieved significant success, grossing $86 million worldwide.
Amy Grant profoundly influenced Bart Millard and his Christian rock band, MercyMe. She initially had the rights to the song and intended to record it for release as a single. However, she returned the rights to Millard and the band, marking a pivotal point in their career. In an interview with Billboard, Millard shared, “Amy said, ‘This is your song. You need to finish what you started’.” Moved by the power of Millard’s song, Grant invited him to perform the song with her on stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Reflecting on the impact, Millard expressed to Billboard, “She gave it back and changed our lives forever.” This collaboration not only showcased Grant’s support for Millard but also transformed his life and MercyMe’s trajectory.
“I Can Only Imagine” is available on various streaming platforms including Netflix, Prime Video, FuboTV, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Apple TV, YouTube, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV, and AMC on Demand.