NEW YORK (WLNY) — The finale of History’s epic miniseries “The Bible” airs on Easter Sunday, and the ambitious project has been an enormous success.

Roma Downey not only plays Mother Mary, she executive produced the show with her husband, Mark Burnett. She joined us on The Couch to talk about her inspiration for the project.

“We know the Bible is a book that changes lives,” Downey said. “I think it was always clear but we tried to breathe fresh, visual life into these timeless stories in a way to engage all generations.”

Downey, mother to teenagers, said her kids told her they didn’t want to make the visual effects “lame.”

Despite the success of the project, Downey said it’s about much more than commercial success.

“At the heartbeat of it is our story of God’s love for all of us, and you know that’s just the beauty of it, that people have found that,” she said. “[The series] has engaged the country in a dialogue. They’re talking about around the watercooler, they’re talking about faith around the kitchen table. People are grateful for an opportunity to have an entry point to have that conversation. I think people are hungry for hope.”

Downey hopes that 100 million people will have viewed the series by Sunday.

“It is our hope that families will gather around to see the miracle of Easter. They can record everything else.”

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