Watch Dolly Parton Surprise Actress Set to Play Her in ‘Coat of Many Colors’ TV Movie
Dolly Parton has made one little girl's dream come true. The 69-year-old recently surprised 7-year-old Alyvia Lind with the news that she has been selected to play a young Parton in the upcoming TV movie, Coat of Many Colors.
The country legend recently met Lind during what the young girl thought would be more meetings with executives as part of her audition process for the role.
"What we're really here to do," Parton tells the actress in the video above, "is to announce that you have been chosen to play little Dolly in the movie."
Lind's reaction is downright adorable after Parton delivers the news, as you can see in the video above. Parton, who will be executive producing the film, says that she felt an immediate connection with Lind.
"When you were doing your audition, I thought, 'Oh my goodness, I wish I had been that pretty when I was little. I wish I had been that smart,'" Parton tells Lind. "But I really felt you."
According to NBC, Coat of Many Colors will show "the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today.” The project is neither a “biopic, musical nor about Dolly’s whole life and performing career" (quote via Variety).
The movie, named after Parton's 1971 song of the same name, is based on the singer's true life story, growing up as the fourth of 12 children in poverty in East Tennessee. The song and film take their names from a coat that Parton's mother made for her out of rags that someone had donated to the family; Parton loved the coat, but it caused her much ridicule from her classmates.
An official air date for Coat of Many Colors, which will air on NBC, has not yet been announced.
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