Released: December 13, 2022
Tanya Tucker stars in the upcoming film A NASHVILLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
By Movieguide® employees
Country star Tanya Tucker recently shared her excitement about making her acting debut in Paramount Network’s upcoming Christmas movie, A NASHVILLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.
Tucker, who stars alongside Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Keith Carradine, said she didn’t initially think of doing a film.
“They were just after me because I wanted to do something and I was walking and walking, the last three years have been just a whirlwind so I was a little touchy at first when they offered that to me,” Tucker recently told a Fox News interview . “But then they talked me into it. I figured if I wanted to play an acting role I should really bite into something, something where I can really express my acting skills, it’s down there somewhere.”
“This movie was so much fun,” she said. “Working with Ashley Williams to direct and the entire cast…everyone was just so well cast, I don’t know what they did to me.”
“I play myself a little bit. I’m just tired of Hollywood and how they’re trying to make country music what it’s not really,” she said of her character in the film. “I got fed up and did a Christmas special and I just took off and went back to Tennessee where my mom raised me. These three orphans were there, they had camped outside because they ran away from the orphanage, they wanted to split them up. So they lived there. Through all the time and things a lot of love started to happen, I fell in love with her.”
While Tucker, 64, is new to acting, she said it was her father who inspired her to pursue a career in show business.
“It was the Arizona State Fair at the time, and they always had the posters of who was going to be performing that year, and I would look at them and be like, ‘Daddy, I want to be a star,'” she recalled. “He said, ‘Okay, you were telling the truth, so let’s go.'”
“He packed everything up, quit a good job and put everything away [support me],” she added. “He had time to work with me when he was home, but he worked late into the night, prospecting for copper and selling scrap, he could weld, my dad could sing, there weren’t many Things my dad couldn’t do. He was probably the only one who could manage me because I was kind of unmanageable.”
Tucker expressed her gratitude for the sacrifices both of her parents made to get her to where she is today.
“But it was wonderful to have my father, I wouldn’t have known a lot if I hadn’t had him. He was constantly sitting around thinking about how he could make me better and set up my kids,” she said. “I think about him every day and a lot of my songs are also about him and my mother. They were both very special people to me.”
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