333: Life as John with The Chosen’s George H. Xanthis

George H. Xanthis

333: Life as John with The Chosen’s George H. Xanthis

George H. Xanthis is our guest.  He’s an amazing actor from Australia who plays John in the TV Series, “The Chosen.” You’re probably aware… but if not… The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season TV series based on the life of Jesus. 

It’s a phenomenon… from a spiritual sense but also from an entrepreneurial perspective.  In fact, it’s the #1 crowd-funded media project of all time!  With over $10 million raised… two seasons are done and available… and as of today… over 270 million views in over 180 countries. 

Incredible.  And George is in the middle of all of that!  Plus, he’s a force for good inside AND outside the show. 

We’ll talk about how he got his start in acting, how his journey with “The Chosen” began, what it’s been like playing such a significant role, and what he’s learned about life, work, and faith… as a result.  Plus, this represents our first interview in this NEW season. 

So I take a slightly different approach with the conversation… and I think you’re going to dig it. So, let’s get to the conversation!

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Would you like more info on The Chosen?  Click here

George’s Instagram:/www.instagram.com/georgehxanthis

If you’re an actor and/or you know someone who is… be sure to check out George’s “ACT UP!” Podcast: Click here

Check out George’s efforts to help the Sydney Children’s Hospital on Cameo: Click here

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: George’s NEWEST role is in FX’s newly announced “American Crime Story” called “Impeachment” where he plays George Stephanopoulos.  (NOTE: We couldn’t talk about this during our interview because he wasn’t released to announce it yet.) Check it out here: Click here.

Other “RELATED” episodes:

A Prayer for YOU and YOUR dreams! www.mitchmatthews.com/314

Hiro’s Journey [so far].  What a Puppy’s been teaching me about pursuing dreams and living life: www.mitchmatthews.com/322

DREAM BIG… no matter what! (With Amberly Lago): www.mitchmatthews.com/310 

The Gift of Being Fully Present [Part 3]: www.mitchmatthews.com/304

More about THIS Life as John with The Chosen’s George H. Xanthis episode:

George Xanthis came through acting training, comedy, and improv as well.  He even spent some time with The Groundlings Improv troupe in LA.

He’s had a lot of different experiences… and he’s also got a heart for helping other actors… so he has his own podcast called “Act Up” where he and his guests discuss their craft and specific strategies to navigate everything from the audition room, day-to-day on set as well as performing in front of live audiences.  

He also believes in giving back… so he’s on CAMEO… where he’s doing video messages to fans… but he’s also raising money for The Sydney Children’s Hospital. 

Plus, he and some of his fellow cast members just did a marathon session on Instagram to help raise funds for people who are hurting in Afghanistan.  

Plus, I asked YOU for your input via Facebook and we got a LOT of responses… so I’ll be peppering them in during our convo!  (Click here to follow me… so YOU can get in on our next “Listener Lightning Round Questions!”)

I love the guy… and I think you will too!  Let’s get to this.


  • 0:02 Welcome to 333 and what to expect
  • 4:33 Get to know George H. Xanthis
  • 8:52 How George got started acting
  • 14:43 What gave George the courage to move to LA
  • 33:31 What life is like on the set
  • 37:30 George’s favorite moment filming
  • 49:10 One of the most powerful in The Chosen
  • 52:40 George’s final thoughts and advice 
  • 58:17 Mitch’s minute 


Okay… obviously… we’re doing things a little differently in THIS season.  I’ve added the official “Mitch’s Minute” at the end to offer my thoughts.  I got fired up… so I think it was more like 7 minutes… but I really wanted to share some of my favorite takeaways.

How about YOU!?  What’s something that stood out to you?  What’s something grabbed you?  What did you think?  I’d love to hear from you.  Drop a comment below and let me know!

  • Julie Thompson
    Posted at 00:34h, 16 September Reply

    This interview was really interesting! I enjoyed it so much.. What stood out to me was when he talked at the end about getting to neutral. I loved his perspective on that.
    Great episode!! I LOVE this show!

    • Mitch Matthews
      Posted at 11:34h, 20 September Reply

      Thanks SOOOOO much Julie! It was such a fun interview to do! He’s such a great guy and I loved his perspectives too! Thanks for the encouragement my friend!!!

  • Dennis+Judd
    Posted at 16:48h, 16 September Reply

    Loved the interview and really enjoyed the new addition of Mitch’s take….made me ask what was my take. – still “chewing” on it some but was certainly provoked to think about who is Jesus and what he’s like in a new way. Fascinating the way the unfolding of The Chosen is happening too.

    • Mitch Matthews
      Posted at 11:36h, 20 September Reply

      Dennis – Thanks SO much! That means a ton. Glad “Mitch’s Minute” (Although… I think it was more like Mitch’s EIGHT minutes lol) sparked an internal “Dennis’ Minute!” Yup… LOVE that. And yes… there was SOOOOO much to chew on. So glad it resonated!!!

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