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Carson Meyer As Willadeene Parton – Interview

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 3, 2015
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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Dolly Parton Productions

Carson Meyer, a young actress with an old soul, portrays Robert and Avie Lee Parton’s first-born child, Willadeene, in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

Carson, like her character, naturally found herself watching after the younger children on set and even shared her favorite hobby with a few, which became a big hit.

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Lee Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass -- (Photo by: Jeff Lipsky/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Mary Lane Haskell
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Mary Lane Haskell
Mary Lane Haskell, Alyvia Alyn Lind
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Mary Lane Haskell, Alyvia Alyn Lind
Ricky Schroder, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Ricky Schroder, Jennifer Nettles
Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Front Row, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Back Row, Ricky Schroder as Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors"
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors"

Q. As you started to develop your character, what things about Willadeene stood out or perhaps surprised you?

A. I bought all of her books, her cookbook and “Smoky Mountain Memories.” I did a lot of reading about her. I loved that she kept the letters from her sisters and kind of held all those memories so dear to her. And then Stella [Parton] being on set told me great stories about her sister. One of my favorite’s is that Willadeene would put perfume on the girls before she would go out which would always make them happy.

Q. The Parton family is known for their tight-knit bonds. While filming, did the cast develop similar family-like relationships?

A. Oh yeah, absolutely. I think working with all the kids it’s hard not to feel like a family. We were all staying at one hotel, so we would all go to the pool after. I taught the girls how to knit, which was really fun, and crochet because I’m a big crocheter myself. It reminded me of being at summer camp. I loved everybody on set. It was a really, really special group.

Q. Considering everything you have done in your career, where does this role rank in your list of achievements?

A. It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me! I’ve always been a huge Dolly fan my whole life. I’ve read all of her books, her movies, her songs. I just think she’s a really, really special person and somebody that’s worthy of all the success and fame that she’s achieved. So for me to be able to work with Dolly is a dream come true.

Q. The song “Coat of Many Colors” first debuted in 1971, yet it still has a powerful message for people today. Why do you think people relate so well to this story?

A. This idea that you can’t buy love and that nothing else really matters. It’s all just family…the importance of family and community and faith and all the things that have nothing to do with material objects.

Q. Other than “Coat of Many Colors” do you have a favorite Dolly song?

A. Yes, “Heartbreak Express” has always been my favorite. I used to listen to it on constant replay in the car on my way to school when I was in high school. It’s gotten me through so many heartaches and heartbreaks.

Q. What was your favorite moment of making the film or your favorite takeaway?

A. I don’t know if I can pin it down to one moment. I had a hard time sleeping, because I was so excited for the next day of work. I loved every moment of it.

See more cast interviews and tune in Thursday, December 10 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

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Jennifer Nettles As Avie Lee Parton – Interview

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 3, 2015
Dolly Parton Productions

Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Dolly Parton Productions

Jennifer Nettles shares her thoughts on Avie Lee, her favorite moments of the film and more.

Singer-songwriter and musician, Jennifer Nettles, portrays Dolly Parton’s mother in the new NBC film based on Dolly’s song, “Coat of Many Colors.” Best known as lead vocalist of the country duo Sugarland, Jennifer is a storyteller at heart. She was beyond thrilled to join in the re-telling of this beloved story from Dolly’s childhood.

Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles, Gerald McRaney
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles, Gerald McRaney
Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton
Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton

Q. As you started to develop your character, what things about Avie Lee stood out or perhaps surprised you?

A. What I loved most about Avie Lee was her authentic mixture of vulnerability, compassion and strength. She loses a child and goes into a dark depression. She checks out for a while. She is real and wounded and human. But, her love of her family gives her strength to push beyond and create a beautiful metaphor of rebirth out of tragedy by making a coat for Dolly. I love so much that beautiful, living metaphor of her sewing those pieces back together. So womanly and strong.

Q. The Parton family is known for their tight-knit bonds. While filming, did the cast develop similar family-like relationships?

A. We had a ball. Having so many kids in the cast kept us all laughing and humble. Children have a beautiful way of demanding your presence and that definitely provided levity much of the time. Though there were times where I definitely heard myself become “mother-hen” in trying to help keep their little attentions for the next shot. And, true to the script, many of the older children helped to keep the younger ones in focus.

Q. Considering everything you have done in your career, where does this role rank in your list of achievements?

A. Playing the role of Avie Lee definitely ranks up at the top of the list for rewarding artistic experiences. I love telling stories, be it in a three and a half minute song or as an actor. Getting to tell such a beautiful story as Avie Lee’s and getting to dive deeply into her heart, her struggles and her strength was such a treat for me.

Q. Knowing that Dolly herself helped cast you in this role, did you feel a certain amount of pressure to get it right and if so how did you handle it?

A. You better believe I felt pressure!! I was chosen to play Dolly Parton’s mother!! The relationship between a mother and child is so special and sacred and complex. I wanted to honor their close bond and make Dolly proud at the same time. I asked Dolly about her mother and also pulled from my own precious relationship with my mother, not to mention my own relationship with my son as a mother myself.

Q. The song “Coat of Many Colors” first debuted in 1971, yet it still has a powerful message for people today. Why do you think people relate so well to this story?

A. The symbol of the “Coat of Many Colors” is one of alchemy. We are all so attracted and attached to the very real experience of something simple and humble actually holding the most value. We love and relate to taking humility and limited resources and watching them be transformed into gold, through the lens of love.

Q. Other than “Coat of Many Colors,” do you have a favorite Dolly song?

A. “Jolene.” Of course. Such a fantastic story of the complexities and messiness of love and life. And I love that it is from one woman to another.

Q. What was your favorite moment of making the film or your favorite takeaway?

A. Interestingly enough, my favorite moments were the most painful ones. The funeral scene in particular. How cathartic. I hope its rawness touches people and reminds them that their own losses are seen and understood.

See more cast interviews and tune in Thursday, December 10 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

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Alyvia Alyn Lind is Little Dolly Parton

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 3, 2015
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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Dolly Parton Productions

Alyvia Alyn Lind discovers what it was like to be Dolly Parton growing up in the Smoky Mountains

Alyvia Alyn Lind portrays Little Dolly in NBC’s new movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” The young star talks about wearing the famous coat, the message of the song and getting to sing with Dolly.

Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn, Jennifer Nettles
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Rick Schroder as Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors

Q. As you started to develop your character, what things about Dolly stood out or perhaps surprised you?

A. It surprised me how sassy Dolly was. I didn’t realize at first [how] alike Dolly and I were. We are both really emotional and nothing stands in our way. I liked Dolly more and more as I got to know the character better.

Q. The Parton family is known for their tight-knit bonds. While filming, did the cast develop similar family-like relationships?

A. The cast got so close, so quickly! When I first met Hannah [Nordberg], the girl playing Dolly’s best friend in the movie, we had an instant connection! We were BFF’s on the very first day. And Jennifer and Ricky felt like my real parents. It was an amazing family – I loved everyone.

Q. Considering everything you have done in your career, where does this role rank in your list of achievements?

A. I would have to say that playing Dolly is the highlight of my career. I’ve worked with amazing actors – Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig – and I’m so lucky. But this role has been the one I connect to the most. I really did not want to say goodbye to Little Dolly.

Q. After the first movie poster was released, the world got to see you in the Coat. What was it like for you when you first put that coat on, knowing what it symbolizes?

A. I loved the coat when I saw it for the first time. I had no idea how beautiful it would be – and I felt so proud wearing it. It symbolizes accepting people for who they are, and it patches together little bits and pieces of Dolly’s life – it also shows how much love Dolly’s mom had for her and her family. I felt so much responsibility putting it on because I know how much it means to Dolly.

Q. The song, “Coat of Many Colors” first debuted in 1971, 44 years ago, yet it still has a powerful message for people today. Why do you think people relate so well to this story?

A. Even though the song was written so long ago, it still shows how important it is to be nice to everyone, not to bully or judge, and that all different types of people can get along and love each other. The song still means so much today.

Q. Other than “Coat of Many Colors” do you have a favorite Dolly song and if so what is it?

A. I love “9 to 5” – actually, that has always been one of my favorite movies. My mom loves showing me movies from the 70’s and 80’s – that one always stood out to me. That is one of the reasons I was so excited to play Dolly.

Q. What was your favorite moment of making the film or your favorite takeaway?

A. My favorite part of being in the movie was getting to sing a duet with Dolly. I still can’t believe that this has happened to me and feel so honored that I get to sing with such a legend.

See more cast interviews and tune in Thursday, December 10 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

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Farrah Mackenzie As Stella Parton – Interview

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 4, 2015
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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Dolly Parton Productions

10-year-old Farrah Mackenzie plays Stella Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airing on NBC on Dec. 10.

Farrah raved about the fun, off-set activities planned for the stars. However, on-set her professionalism shined.

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Lee Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass -- (Photo by: Jeff Lipsky/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Mary Lane Haskell
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Mary Lane Haskell
Mary Lane Haskell, Alyvia Alyn Lind
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Mary Lane Haskell, Alyvia Alyn Lind
Ricky Schroder, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Ricky Schroder, Jennifer Nettles
Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Front Row, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Back Row, Ricky Schroder as Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors"
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors"

Q. As you started to develop your character, what things about Stella Parton stood out or perhaps surprised you?

A. I didn’t really develop until after I met Stella, but I still developed. It’s really nice to get stories from actual Partons. So, this one day I was in a scene, I was just doodling in my school book with my right hand, and the day after that the actual Stella, she told my dad that she’s actually left-handed. So in the school scene, I started writing with my left hand. It wasn’t that nice, but I still accomplished it.

Q. The Parton family is known for their tight-knit bonds. While filming, did the cast develop similar family-like relationships?

A. Oh, yeah yeah yeah we did! We did so much! First day I got a very warm welcoming from all my cast members. We actually did PE outside. We ran around with all the characters like [Alyvia] who played Dolly and all the other great people. We actually did CrossFit; me and Hannah [Nordberg]. Hannah played Judy.

[Carson Meyer] taught me how to crochet and I do that a lot now. We always go in the pool, we never did a day without pool. When the whole cast was in the pool we had water gun fights. And sometimes I did fight with Blane, [Crockarell] who played Bobby, but we got over it. We had movie night every other night, and that was really fun. We went on dinners a lot, and I had a lot of sleepovers with the cast. We went on field trips such as Stone Mountain, we went to World of Coke, it was really fun. I also went to a CrossFit gym with Hannah, so that was really fun. We made a really tight bond.

Q. Considering everything you have done in your career, where does this role rank in your list of achievements?

A. Well, I’d probably say number two. “Nanny Cam,” a movie that I did that’s on Amazon and Lifetime, I had a slightly bigger role in that. But this movie could also become number one, because it is on NBC. It’s a Christmas movie, and it could also be playing every year for the rest of my life. And it’s also Dolly Parton!

Q. The song “Coat of Many Colors” first debuted in 1971, yet it still has a powerful message for people today. Why do you think people relate so well to this story?

A. Well, the song really tells that you can be rich in many ways, such as love and generosity and that just tells people a lot of things. So you don’t just need to be rich in money, you can be rich in many ways.

Q. Other than “Coat of Many Colors” do you have a favorite Dolly song?

A. My favorite Dolly song is “9 to 5” definitely. I really relate to that song, because every morning I wake up and yawn and stretch and try as hard as I can to get alive. [Singing] I wake up stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition, yawn and stretch and try as hard as I can to get alive!

Q. What was your favorite moment of making the film or your favorite takeaway?

A. I have so many. First of all, meeting the person I play, Stella; Carson and Hannah teaching me how to crochet; movie nights, seriously those were really fun. I liked doing CrossFit and PE with all of my friends. And in the makeup and hair trailer, I really loved getting those bouncy curls in my hair but, of course, they fell out in the humidity.

See more cast interviews and tune in Thursday, December 10 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

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“Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors” – Behind The Scenes

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 6, 2015
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The cast of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” share personal stories about the making of the film, their favorite Dolly songs and more!

This December, Dolly Parton’s childhood memory that inspired a country music hit and later became a children’s book, will premiere as the NBC movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors.” The stars of Dolly’s new movie shared stories of how they bonded, much like the real Parton family, over movie nights, pool parties and field trips. To hear them talk about the experience, one might wonder how they managed to get the movie made. However, they did, and their excitement about the finished product is contagious.

Step behind the scenes as Ricky shares a touching note from Dolly, Farrah reveals her favorite Dolly song and see why playing “Little Dolly” is a career highlight for Alyvia Alyn.

Discover more about Dolly’s new movie from the stars themselves. See full interviews and MORE!

Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: (l-r) Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Jennifer Nettles -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Jennifer Nettles -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Executive Producer Sam Haskell -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: (l-r) Executive Producer Sam Haskell, Mary Lane Haskell -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Mary Lane Haskell -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Carson Meyer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: (l-r) Ricky Schroder, Executive Producer Dolly Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Stella Parton, Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment-- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: (l-r) Stella Parton, Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment, Executive Producer Dolly Parton, Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment-- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: (l-r) Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment, Executive Producer Dolly Parton, Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: Ricky Schroder -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Hollywood Premiere" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles, Carson Meyer -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass

Tune in December 10, at 9 p.m. EST to watch “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airing on NBC.

CREDITS
Starring
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney

Executive Producers
Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell, Pamela K. Long

Written By
Pamela K. Long

Director
Stephen Herek

Line Producer
Hudson Hickman

Casting Director
Patrick Rush

Produced By
Warner Bros. Television, Magnolia Hill Entertainment, DP Productions

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