Antonio Banderas’ Co-Star Moriah in Journey to Bethlehem

~ MŌRIAH Smallbone is making her theatrical debut starring as ‘Deborah’ in the Sony musical drama JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM (in theatres now) with Milo Manheim, Antonio Banderas, Fiona Palomo, and Joel Smallbone (Actor, singer, for KING & COUNTRY) ~

Moriah in Journey to Bethlehem

As featured on Good Morning America, Mexican-American recording artist and actress MŌRIAH Smallbone is making her theatrical debut starring as ‘Deborah’ in the Sony musical drama JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM (in theatres now) opposite Milo Manheim (Disney Channel’s ZOMBIES), Antonio Banderas (THE MASK OF ZORRO), Fiona Palomo (Netflix’s “Outer Banks”), and Joel Smallbone (Actor, singer, for KING & COUNTRY). 

MŌRIAH stars as ‘Deborah,’ the imagined older sister of Mary (Mother of Jesus, played by Fiona Palomo), who helps bring out Mary’s honest thoughts and feelings about her dreams and ambitions. Although Mary feels conflicted about becoming betrothed and pregnant, Deborah is a voice of positivity and helps Mary see that marriage can be beautiful in this Virgin Mary story in modern context. The song “Mary’s Getting Married,” featured on the Journey to Bethlehem original motion picture soundtrack, was sung by MŌRIAH. Joel Smallbone, MŌRIAH’s husband, plays the villain ‘Antipater.’


Journey to Bethlehem is a story about a young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honor. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. This live-action Christmas musical adventure for the entire family weaves classic Christmas melodies with humor, faith, and new pop songs in a retelling of the greatest story ever told, the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. A unique new entry into the collection of holiday classic movies, this epic Christmas musical is unlike any before it. 

Who Is Moriah Smallbone?

MŌRIAH is a Mexican-American recording artist, actress and producer from Los Angeles, CA. After signing with SONY/Provident in Nashville, TN, her sophomore album BRAVE hit number 9 on Billboard’s CCM Charts which included a collaboration with GRAMMY award-winning rapper Andy Mineo. Her film credits include the starring role in “Because of Gracia” (2017) and legendary singer Loyce Whiteman in an upcoming Ronald Reagan biopic alongside Dennis Quaid (2022). She plays the role of Bathsheba in television series The Chosen (2023). She completed her role as Deborah in the 2023 Christmas musical Journey to Bethlehem featuring Antonio Banderas. As a music and film producer, MŌRIAH co-hosted K-LOVE/AccessMore’s most successful podcast called “BECOMING:us” alongside her GRAMMY AWARD winning husband Joel Smallbone. She co-produced the Lionsgate film “Unsung Hero” which is set to release in 2024. She has fully self-produced and written her latest EP Curtain Call as well as all accompanying live performance videos. MORIAH is currently writing songs for a new album in her home in Nashville, TN with GRAMMY AWARD winning producer Paul Mabury.

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