The 75-year-old country singer has appeared in many films throughout her career - Read on to see what she had to say about her film career!
Without a doubt, Dolly Parton is an American treasure! The legendary country singer has a successful career as a singer & actress. In a recent interview, Parton got candid about the roles she took on her movie career. Keep reading to learn more!
"I only take parts that are pretty close to my own personality. I have never yet done one of those scenes that was that far-fetched," the "I Will Always Love You" singer revealed to Tim McGraw at the Beyond The Influence Radio show.
"Even when I did Steel Magnolias, I played a beautician. If I hadn't made it in the music business, I would have been a beautician. So I understood that," she continued.
Parton realized what roles she could do when she was part of the film 9 to 5, in 1980, alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. "When I read that part for 9 to 5, it was a girl from Texas and she was so much like me anyway," she said. "So that was not that far-fetched, even the best little whorehouse in Texas. Although I made a better whore than I did a secretary, but it was still parts of my personality that I could relate to."
"I had been asked a lot of times to be in the movies and I didn't think I was quite ready yet," Parton recalled. "I also thought, well, if the right thing came along, I might be willing to do it, because I was still building my music career at the time."
"Then when 9 to 5 came along, had Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, they were both so hot at the time and I thought, 'Well, if there's any time to start, this would be now because if it's a big hit, then I can share in the glory of it. If it's a failure, I can blame it all on them and I'll walk away free,'" she added.
Parton has been an inspiration for many modern artists, like Miley Cyrus. The country singer is the godmother of the "Wrecking Ball" singer. See what Cyrus said about Parton on this note! Also, another famous TV star has been recently felting inspired by Parton.