Dolly Parton reflects on writing the music for upcoming Netflix movie Dumplin’, and her personal connection to its powerful message, in a new behind-the-scenes clip premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Dec. 6).
Parton discusses working alongside fellow songwriter Linda Perry on the soundtrack for the film, which is about a plus-sized teen who enters a local beauty pageant. Perry’s “really pretty” melody inspired Parton to create “Girl in the Movies,” the film’s distinguishing track.
“I just put myself in that place of that little girl, dreaming of being something more,” Parton says. “We all have to try to be our better selves, and that’s really important.”