When GLAMOUR sat down with the two stars from Netflix’s new coming-of-age film Dumplin’, we knew we were in for a treat.
The film follows Willowdean (‘Dumplin’) the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mum’s pageant in their small Texas town as a protest.
Starring Jennifer Aniston as Dumplin’s superficial mother, Rosie Dickson, and country music legend Dolly Parton, who provides an original soundtrack, the feel-good film sees Dumplin’ navigate a small-town society obsessed with appearance, while revealing some poignant home truths about acceptance and tolerance.
We sat down with Jen and Dolly to talk body-confidence, lip-sync battles, and living an authentic life, and safe to say, the conversation did not disappoint. Here are some of the duo’s best takeaways:
On working together:
JA: “When you’re a kid, you just have those little fantasies of singing into your hairbrushes and all that sorta stuff so it was a pinch-me moment for sure”
DP: “She brought her hairbrush but we made her use her microphone” quips Dolly.
On the female cast and crew:
JA: “It was just a bunch of girls that just got together and it was not because of any other reason than they were all the most qualified for the job.”
On body confidence:
JA: “I think it’s a nice time for girls to try to deconstruct the messaging that’s been put into young girls heads about how they’re supposed to look, what filters they’re supposed to put on and just not living an authentic self”.
On the future generation:
DP: “Just be your best self, know who you are and do it on purpose”.