Carrie Underwood makes her exciting film debut in the story of a teenage surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack.
The Grammy Award-winning singer said it was exciting being at her first big movie premiere, but said she hadn't quite processed the gravity of it all and was looking forward to seeing the film for the first time.
'Soul Surfer' is the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film also stars Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Sorbo and AnnaSophia Robb.
Carrie -- who plays the part of a group leader in Bethany's church -- said she remembers hearing about the attack on the news and seeing Bethany interviewed in the aftermath on the morning shows. "Getting to actually dive into it though, and really learn her story for the movie -- my respect for her and her family skyrocketed for sure." She adds that it was "awesome" to have Bethany's whole family on set during filming to get an accurate portrayal of the story.
'Soul Surfer' bites its way into theaters on April 8.