“How amazing is this to be here holding hands as sisters like when we were little kids, and somebody in the movies playing us,” explains the legendary Dolly Parton about she and her sister Stella seeing their childhoods on screen. Parton and executive producer Sam Haskell have brought young Dolly to life the past two holiday seasons on NBC with “Coat of Many Colors” in 2015 and “Christmas of Many Colors” in 2016. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), she adds, “Now here we are going in to see our life and our past and our family. It was very, very moving, very touching… Seeing Momma and Daddy come back to life. They’ve been gone for years now.”
Both telefilms have been ratings smashes for NBC, and plans are for the broadcaster to repeat airings for many years to follow and produce more movies as well. The most recent project, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” focused on young Dolly, portrayed again by Alyvia Alyn Lind. Her father Lee (Ricky Schroder) is away trying to earn enough money to buy his wife (Jennifer Nettles) a long-awaited wedding ring. The children decide to sacrifice their Christmas presents to bring him home and give him the money themselves. While waiting on Lee to return, the snowstorm trapped the family and almost killed them at their home in the Tennessee mountains.
This time around, Parton played a guest role as “Painted Lady,” a local harlot who Dolly thinks is the most glamorous woman in the world and wants to grow up dressing like her with the make-up and hair. In a separate chat a few weeks ago, Lind discussed working with Parton herself: “She adds little Dolly-isms to the scene and improvises so much and makes the scene so much more real. She touches my shoulder and plays with my hair… It’s so much more fun working with her because she’s so nice and sweet.”
Parton is a legendary performer and songwriter who has penned such classics as “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You.” Her most recent version of “Jolene” recorded with Pentatonix won her an eighth Grammy Award on her 46th career nomination earlier this year. In our chat, we discuss her awards career, including her 1999 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and 2006 selection at the Kennedy Center Honors.”
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Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill