As we told you in an earlier post, Dolly Parton is about to return to the big screen. 

Dolly will take to the screen along with Queen Latifah in a story about a gospel choir from rural Georgia competing on the national stage and trying to win the Joyful Noise Competition in L.A. The following is an interview with Dolly Parton from The Boot.

This is your first leading movie role since 'Straight Talk.' Is acting like riding a bike for you, or did you have to relearn some of your skills?

Well, that character was so me that I didn't really feel like I was acting. But, of course, I had to go deep inside and I had a great director [Todd Graff, whose previous credits include 'Camp' and 'Bandslam']. If I was trying too hard to do it my way, he was wonderful to say, "Well, you need to have a little more edge." But he liked me doing my own thing, being my own self as much as I could, so I didn't feel like I was really acting that much. Although there were some wonderful moments in this, a little deeper than I hate going, so I'm just hoping it turned out good.

It looks like you and Queen Latifah had a great time on the set together. What made you want to do this film with her?

I just liked her and everybody used to say to me, "You and Queen Latifah should do something together. You have a very similar personality, very likeable, very upfront and out there." I could see that myself. I used to think it would be fun to work with her, because I like her. When we both got the chance to do this and found out that we both were looking at the script, we both said yes, we'll do it if they do.


Of the three original songs you wrote for the film -- 'He's Everything,' 'Not Enough' and 'From Here to the Moon and Back' -- which one has the most personal story behind its lyrics?

When I wrote 'From Here to the Moon and Back,' I needed to write a beautiful love song. I picked my husband, who I love, and I thought, "Well, I'll write some beautiful song about him." It was about my husband in the movie, played by Kris Kristofferson, so I thought in order to make it really real and really touching, I would write it about my real, true emotions about someone I really do love and have loved for more than half of my life.


Dolly went on to say that she really enjoys the acting gig, but has standards as to plot and character.  She wants to make sure that any role or movie she is involved with matches her family values..  SHe mad note of the fact that she owns a Family Theme Park (Dollywood) and works on programs for childrens' literacy.  She's not about to take on any "raunch" roles and isn't planning on endangering her reputation.

Enjoy the Trailer from the movie

Look forward to more coverage of the movie.  Hopefully we'll be seeing succesful acting coming from not only Dolly buy Queen Latifah in the future as well.

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