We recently caught up with Dolly Parton who portrays "gorgeous grandma" G.G. Sparrow in the feel good family flick Joyful Noise being released by Warner Brothers on January 13th. G.G. loses her choir conductor husband Bernard (portrayed by Kris Kristofferson) at the beginning of the film and the dynamic duo does a romantic duet in a dream-like sequence in the film when G.G. is missing her late husband--rumors abound that the song will be released as a single from the movie soundtrack.
About the casting of Kristofferson, Dolly confesses to us that Kenny Rogers was actually director Todd Graff's first choice: "It would have taken the movie in a whole different direction if Kenny played my husband. It would have too Dolly Partonish. (Laughs.) That would have taken the movie in a whole 'nother place. Kris and I have known each other since when we were both songwriters for Combine Music around 1964 or 1965 in Nashville and my husband and I have socialized with Kris and his wife over the years. We have recorded together in the past with Willie Nelson. I love him dearly and thought it was perfect casting to put us together."
She is thrilled about the release of Joyful Noise--the only thing is she was panicked about during the film was the dancing sequences: "I was like, 'Lord, let my feet go where they are supposed to go.' I dance like a real hillbilly and I clap on the off beat!" The buxom legend continues with a tap of her long red nails on a conference table during the movie's press day at the Regency Hotel, "I think this movie will appeal to all kinds of people. It has the perfect name. We did make a joyful noise and have a joyful time! And Dana (co-star Queen Latifah) and I have have grown close and find things we admire in each other everyday. We also gave each other the space we needed on the set. We enjoy doing the interviews for the film together."
As for looking so great at her age, she says with a laugh, "I see to it that I don't age--and I know all the tricks!"
(Photos courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures.)