In a career of many colors, Dolly Parton has had her share of memorable movie crossovers: “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” albums for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk.
Now Dumplin’, Julie Murphy’s bestselling 2015 YA novel about a plus-size teen taking on the beauty-pageant industry, has become a smart, heartfelt dramedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald (on Netflix this Friday) — with a standout soundtrack by Parton, the novel’s original muse.
In a recent interview, the Tennessee legend, 72, spoke to EW about songwriting, self-esteem, and her best dumpling recipe. (Hot tip: leave the lard out of it.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your dance card is already pretty full. How did they get to sign on to do Dumplin‘?
DOLLY PARTON: Well as you know, the whole story came from a book that was written a few years back and it was about a little girl that loved my music and was inspired, she and her aunt, by listening to my records, and it kind of helped build her confidence.