Starving For Salvation Lifetime Movie Cast List and Review

The actors for Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation
The actors for Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation( Source : instagram )

Starving for Salvation Lifetime cast includes Jenifer Grey, Brittany Drisdelle, Jorja Candence, and many more. The movie is based on a true story.

The movie is about the life of controversial church leader Gwen Shamblin who introduced her Christain faith-based diet program, "Weigh Down Workshop." 

The movie shows the charismatic image of the church leader who positioned herself as God's prophet and preached the virtues of being thin and looking for spiritual solutions for people suffering from disordered eating.   

As the church grew more under the teaching of Shamblin, she gained more power and wealth, ruling the church with an iron fist. With all the power and influence, she began to lead the church howsoever she liked to keep her order in the church.

Her rule came to an end with the end of her life along with her husband, actor Joe Lara, and Remnant Fellowship church leaders along with her son-in-law in a tragic plane crash accident on May 29, 2021.

Starving for Salvation Cast

Starving for Salvation cast includes Jennifer Grey and Jorja Cadence in the lead role. The movie is based on the true life story of Gwen Shamblin Lara.

The actress Grey portrays the role of Gwen Shamblin with her iconic hairstyle. In the movie, she acts in her character splendidly, making viewers and audiences feel they are watching the honest Gwen.

The movie shows the rise of Shamlin from the early 90s after she had completed her master's degree in food and nutrition. The film also shows the expansion of her teaching within the US, Canada, and Great Britain.

Jennifer Grey As Gwen Shamblin

Jennifer Grey plays the lead role as Gwen Shamblin Lara
Jennifer Grey plays the lead role as Gwen Shamblin Lara ( Source : instagram )

Jennifer Grey is a 62-year-old American actress born on 1960 March 26 in New York City, New York USA. She came to fame with her movie Dirty Dancing released in 1987. 

She has played in the movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), American Flyers (1985), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), and many others movies.

The actress was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in Dirty Dancing.

Jorja Cadence as Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah

Jorja Cadence plays the role of Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah
Jorja Cadence plays the role of Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah ( Source : instagram )

Jorja Cadence portrays the role of Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah, the daughter of the church leader Shamblin. Since the movie is all focused on mother Shamblin, there has been little to none for her screen time in the trailer.

Jorja is an Australian-Canadian actress. She was born and raised in Byron Bay, New South Wales.  The actress began her first lead role with the indie horror movie The Heretics. 

She is best known for her role as Emma in the hit series Reacher. Other than that, she has also acted in movies such as Children Ruin Everything, Private Eye, Murdoch Mysteries and many more. 

She began her career in acting through commercials such as Subway and Suncorp in Australia.

Vincent Walsh as Joe Lara

Vincent Walsh plays the role of Joe Lara
Vincent Walsh plays the role of Joe Lara ( Source : instagram )

Joe Lara is an American actor known for his role as Tarzan and as the husband of Gwen Shamblin. Vincent Walsh plays Joe Lara's role. \in the movie, Vincent does an excellent portrayal of Joe Lara. Like Jorja, Vincent only has a little screen time in the new trailer.

Vincent is an Irish actor born on February 4, 1972, held in Dublin. He grew up in Montreal and Toronto. Along with acting, he is also a composer, writer, and avid biker.

Vincent started his career with the tv series Degrassi High (1989-1990). His most iconic role was played in the movies, such as Played (2013), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), The Young Messiah (2016), and Hemingway vs. Callaghan (2003).

The actor has also been nominated two times for Best Performance by an Actor for Gemini Awards.

Brittany Drisdelle as Adrienne

Brittany Drisdelle portrays the role of Adrienne
Brittany Drisdelle portrays the role of Adrienne ( Source : instagram )

The actress Brittany plays the role of Adrienne in the movie. There needs to be more description of her role in the film. There is also a tiny amount of screenplay of actresses in the movie's trailer.

Actress Brittany Drisdelle is and Canadian actress born in Hudson, Quebec. She was born on 1988 February 6. She began acting at age ten working in the town's local production.

The actress has continued her acting in the movies produced by Hallmark. She became a regular cast on Tales of The Never-ending Story. Her most prominent films include Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018),  Blue Mountain State (2010), and Aquaslash (2019). 

Along with movies she has worked as a voice actor for video games such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, The Division 2, and many more.

Other cast members of the movie are

  • Karen Cliche as Natasha
  • Connor McMahon as Brandon Hannah
  • Dylan Colton as Michael Shamblin
  • Michael Hearn as Gwen's Lawyer
  • Willow Astbury as Young Elizabeth
  • Karine Dion as Tammy 
  • Teneisha Collins as Carmen

The True Story Behind The Movie

The story behind the movie Gwen Shamblin Starving for Salvation is the rise of Gwen from a master's degree student in food and nutrition to working in a ministry.

The prophetess used her expertise to create a weight control program in god's way that was being taught throughout the states of the US, Great Britain, and Canada. 


Gwen has also published The Weigh Down Diet, which discusses using spirituality to avoid overeating. Her other books were Rise Above and Exodus Devotional. She also founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Tennessee in 1999. 

The church's controversy came out when the Remnant church's teaching caused the demise of an eight-year-old boy. The cause of demise was the constant abuse of the child by parents under the guidance of the Remnant church. Both parents were put into prison for 30 years.

Filming, Release Date and Trailer Breakdown

Muse Entertainment Enterprise's production company has not been open about where the movie was shot. But as the film is based on a real-life story, the movie should be found in Tennessee for shooting.

According to Lifetime. the movie will be premiered on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The trailer for the film was posted ten days ago on their official YouTube channel.

The trailer shows Gwen preaching about god in front of the masses and how she deviated from it, making it only about weight, food, and faith. And along with this, her hair grows in height. 

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