"I often wonder why God gave me such an opportunity to audition for Elvis," she tells the camera of her first role, playing opposite Presley in 1957's "Loving You." "There were so many of us in line that day, and I just can't believe that I got the part." Her openness and sense of humor about her path make a potentially alienating world more welcoming -- reading aloud from a fan letter she's gotten, she laughed about the line "What are you going now?"
One novice is a recovering alcoholic who still attends AA meetings in her wimple, while another nun speaks of first visiting the monastery as a young woman and being impressed and surprised by those she met there -- "we sensed in them liberated women."
One interviewee even bravely tries to tackle the issue of chastity, saying "We are very sexual women here at the Abbey. Our sexuality is not denied us in any way." ("People automatically are wondering, what does she mean by that? She's a nun!" she laughingly allows.) For her, singing as a physical act fulfills the same need, and even if you have trouble wrapping your head around that, you can appreciate the sincerity of the faith with which she offers the explanation. "God is the Bigger Elvis" manages to make something earnest, unfussy and down-to-earth of a choice that's likely, for many of us, to be difficult to comprehend.