As an actress, Jennifer Aniston has been called on to cry in many acting roles.
But her recent experience for the film “Dumplin” was unscripted as she “burst into tears” after recording a song for the film’s soundtrack with Dolly Parton.
The 49-year-old actress told ET’s Nischelle Turner on Tuesday about her nerves and the moment she finished singing “Push and Pull” with her co-star Danielle Macdonald, likening it to the emotions after parachuting out of a plane.
“I would probably have the same reaction of ‘I just did that!”‘ Aniston joked.
“It was terrifying and fun and all of it… it was great,” Aniston recalled, responding to Turner’s comment about being fearless.
“Fearless, yes, or fearful, depending on how you look at it. But I had Dolly and Linda Perry there, who were just patient and wonderful,” she said, explaining how she was nervous stepping into the recording booth.
“But I sang through it and then got my voice. I literally couldn’t have a squeak come out, and then when we finished, I remembered, I just burst into tears,” Aniston said.
“She did get emotional after she was done,” Parton, who wrote six new songs for the film, confirmed, calling the actress a “real pro” in the recording booth.
Aniston noted the feeling of having her childhood memories of singing into a hairbrush, pretending to be a rock star, come flooding back as she stood in front of the microphone.
“I sort of had this weird dream of a lifetime just come crashing in on me,” she said. “But boy … bow to all of those guys who do that. It’s quite fab. It’s fantastic.”
“Dumplin'” is set for a Friday release on Netflix and in select theaters. Parton was asked about being a part of the project which tells the story of a former beauty queen, played by Aniston, who runs a teen pageant which her daughter, nicknamed “Dumplin'” – played by Macdonald – signs up for in protest.
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Parton had shared that her husband, Carl Thomas Dean, was thrilled that she was working with Aniston as he “is crazy about her.” The 72-year-old country music legend floored “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon when she quipped that her husband “kinda fantasizes, like, a threesome with us.”
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When Parton repeated the story with ET, Aniston remarked the “she’s the only one who could say it.”
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Parton did give Aniston the nod of approval on her southern accent in the film, which the former “Friends” star admitted is difficult “not knowing if you got it right.”
“I thought she did great, and I told her that. I went to see it with her … I was really impressed and I knew she worried about it,” Parton told ET. “She needed to hear it from somebody who knew, so I leaned in and said, ‘Your accent is great, you did a great job,’ and she said, ‘Whew!’ but I meant it.”