Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston has gone full-on Dollywood playing a former beauty queen and single mom in the new Netflix film Dumplin‘.
Based on the novel of the same name, Dumplin’ tells the story of Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston) who signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.
Dumplin’ hits theaters in South Africa on 4 January.
Apart from Aniston, Danielle Macdonald (pictured below) is set to play Willowdean and Odeya Rush is set to play Ellen.
What’s more, country singer Dolly Parton agreed to let Aniston use her classic songs and wrote six original numbers for the film (including the Golden Globe-nominated “Girl in the Movies,” co-written with Linda Perry). USA Today reports that Aniston and Parton actually became good friends after shooting the film.
Aniston also told The Sunday Telegraph, she had a similar relationship with her mother with regard to what is portrayed in the film.
“I did not come out the model child she’d hoped for.”
This is partially why Aniston took the role in Dumplin’.
“It was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a mom who was too occupied with things that didn’t quite matter,” said Aniston.
Dumplin’ is also Aniston’s first foray into the world of Netflix movies.