I honestly feel like acting is one of the purest ways to love others.
As an Asian American Christian woman, I feel like there are a lot of expectations from my family and friends (mostly the relatives beyond my nuclear family) that I may not be keeping because of my love for acting and film. Even my alternative career path in journalism is considered 'better' in their opinion and certainly more stable, but there's something about the creativity and freedom found in acting that is irreplaceable to me.
My theory of acting is that you must LOVE the person you are portraying in order to act with authenticity, vulnerability, and humility. Even the most evil villain can be loved, because they have a story. In addition, I believe that God loves all people, no matter what race they are, what gender they are, what sexuality they identify with, what criminal history they have, or occupations that they have. None of those things can separate anyone from God's free gift of love, which we can all share with each other once we accept Christ into our hearts.
By loving my character, I have the opportunity to free myself from self-righteousness, which is so easy to fall into. I MUST put aside all judgement, all self-consciousness, and give my all to this person who is hurting. This person who needs something. This person who is really just like me.
That's why I think acting is one of the purest, most selfless ways of loving others.