Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight

Roma Downey Hallmark Channel photo

Roma Downey’s husband, Mark Burnett, is one of the industry’s biggest and most successful reality show producers (‘Survivor,’ ‘The Apprentice,’ ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader’ etc.), but when asked whether she’d ever consider being on a reality show, the former ‘Touched by an Angel’ star laughs softly.

‘No, I don’t think so. They seem to attract Type A personalities, and I think, like many actors, I have a much more introverted side of me. It’s easier to be up there filtered through pretending to be someone else.’\

However, nowadays, she tells us, ‘in some ways I’ve been so enjoying who I am, l have felt less desire to be someone else.’

After several years away from the cameras, Roma returned to film the June 6 Hallmark Channel Original Movie, ‘Come Dance At My Wedding.’ Most of the time, however, she’s absorbed in family activity with Mark, her daughter Reilly, who is now nearly 13, and Mark’s sons James, 15, and Cameron, 11.

Continues Roma, ‘There was a time in my life I was really hungry, ambitious, but not now. I don’t know if this is something that just comes naturally in one’s life, that you just change direction a little bit. I’m much less driven by the spotlight,’ she acknowledges.

”Touched by An Angel’ had a very long run. It was such a big chunk of my life. The minute when something like that ends, if you haven’t figured out who you are, in the absence of that you would feel a void. For me it was a great relief that the spotlight had moved down the road. There was a moment of ‘I’m over here!’ Then it was, ‘Oh, who cares?”

Sadly, all too many famous folk don’t make the adjustment to living lower-profile lives as easily as that, she agrees. ‘We’ve seen it — you’ve written about it — the spotlight moves on, and in the absence of the light, they don’t exist. If you haven’t figured out your source is within yourself, it’s a recipe for unhappiness.’

Roma also attends the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger, and will graduate with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology in June.

‘As someone who has been on a spiritual journey for many years, it seems a natural extension of that work,’ says the lady still seen in Hallmark Channel reruns as angel Monica. She notes, ‘The skills I’m learning will ultimately qualify me to be a therapist’ — not that she has plans to start a practice anytime soon. ‘It’s really so interesting to learn about human behavior.’

And other matters.

Says Roma, who lives in Malibu, ‘My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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  2. Alphra Omega

    I too am not one for the spotlight. I leave that to our almighty Father in heaven above. Only He and His Son are truly worthy of the spotlight.Roma is not alone in the in wanting a lower profile in life, knowing now that it is nota necessity to have in life in order to be happy. All people go through life experiencing the many different types of temptations of desires of what they may think they want to have or do at a certain moment during their journey in life. The true key to success is not how much money you can gain or how popular you become among others, the answer is within your heart, being forever grateful for all that does come your way and for all that doesn’t, avoiding disappointments and heartaches.

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