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Exclusive: New Clip from Faith-Friendly Film, ‘Because of Gracia’

Moriah Peters, who stars, recalls being mocked for her Christian chasteness by the 'American Idol' judges

“You’re trying to be too perfect,” a judge told 24-year-old Moriah Peters, a devout Christian, when she auditioned for “American Idol” back when she was just 16.

The judge was referring to her comment that she hadn’t yet had her first kiss. Peters told the four “Idol” judges that she was saving that for marriage.

“Go out, kiss a guy, and come back,” another judge told her.

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“The thing I have come to realize about my ‘American Idol’ experience is that just like so many of the other things that we go through in life that are difficult, those are the moments that make us and lead us to all of the opportunities to get to find as we are older,” Peters told Fox News about the experience of rejection and mocking by the judges.

Now, Peters has found the perfect role in an upcoming film, “Because of Gracia” — that of of a high school girl with convictions similar to her own.

Grace Davis has not yet had her first kiss, and her faith and follow-the-rules attitude inspire scorn from other classmates at her new school.

Related: Star of Faith-Based Movie Recalls How ‘Idol’ Mocked Her Religion

“Gracia” hits theaters September 15 and also stars John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”). It is distributed by ArtAffects Entertainment, a company founded in 2003 — the same one that released Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Here, LifeZette shares an exclusive clip from the film. In this scene, Chase Morgan (played by Chris Massoglia) sits with the main characters around a campfire and shares a spoken word poem about “the way it is.”

The clip shows the uniqueness of this release: It’s a film about teens from a perspective we don’t often get to see on the big screen. It’s a scene not filled with sex and drugs — but rather of teens trying hard to avoid such things.

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