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Who is Sarayu in The Shack as 2017 film hits Netflix?

Darcy Rafter December 14, 2021
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2017 film The Shack has just arrived on Netflix in the US and it is certainly pulling on fans’ heartstrings. Many have finished the film in floods of tears and are curious to know who Sarayu in The Shack is.

The film plot is as follows: After the disappearance of his youngest child, Mack Phillips is severely depressed. His life takes an unlikely turn when he receives a mysterious letter asking him to visit a cabin.

Let’s discover who Sarayu in The Shack is as the 2017 film hits the streaming platform, Netflix.

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Who is Sarayu in The Shack?

Sarayu in The Shack plays the role of the “Holy Spirit” which is the three-part version of God, and the other parts are Jesus and Papa. Jesus explains to Mack that her name means “a common wind” in one human language.

This is better explained in the novel written by Canadian author William P Young. The novel was self-published in 2007 but became a USA Today bestseller, having sold one million copies only a year later.

The character is very mysterious and even has supernatural elements of God, including the traits of being all-knowing and ever-present. Sarayu is one of the people Mack meets at the shack. She is played by an Asian woman and helps Mack to understand his spiritual self as well as how to keep in touch with his feelings and inner thoughts. She does this by taking him to a garden representing his soul.

Who plays Sarayu in The Shack?

Sumire Matsubara is the actress who plays the Holy Spirit, called Sarayu, in “The Shack.”

Matsubara was born on 15 July 1990 in Tokyo and is 31 years old. She is a famous Japanese actress, singer and model. She is is the daughter of entertainers Junichi Ishida and Chiaki Matsubara, and followed in their footsteps to enter the film industry. The actor also has a brother, Issei Ishida, who was born on 7 December 1974. Ishida entered the acting industry and you may recognise him in productions such as Confucius, Strange Circus, 2005 and Yûri.

After her parents’ divorce when she was seven, Matsubara moved from Japan to Hawaii with her mother, who wanted to shield her daughter from the spotlight.

Matsubara recalled in an interview she couldn’t speak fluent English and explained she was bullied. She grew her confidence after being cast in several musicals at her high school and other community theatres in Hawaii. Sumire went to Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she pursued her BFA in musical theatre and act.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.