Julianne Hough Says Her 'Mission in Life' Is to Give Dolly Parton Dance Lessons (Exclusive)
By Rachel McRady
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Julianne Hough has a new mission in life. The 31-year-old performer got the opportunity to work with Dolly Parton on the new Netflix series, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, playing Jolene in the show.
On Tuesday, ET's Keltie Knight caught up with Hough at the Dollywood premiere of the show, where she was sporting some meaningful accessories.
"We couldn't find my earrings, and so Dolly lent me her earrings for the night," Hough tells ET, flashing her chandelier sparklers.
Because of this favor, Hough feels indebted to the country star, even offering to teach her to dance after Parton noted she's not a dancer.
"That is my mission in life," the dance pro says of teaching the icon some moves. "Honestly, what she does with her music, she lets people feel completely expressed in what she does with her music. I do that with my body and dance, and so we each have our own specific way to help people feel expressed, but yes, Dolly, if you ever want a little action dance lesson, I'm here for you. You lent me your earrings, I will give you some dance lessons, heck yeah. I owe you!"
In the show, Hough gets the chance to sing with Parton, and talks about filming take after take of the scene.
"Once we're done, we're done and I was like, 'Could we just keep doing this over and over again?'" she says. "Every single time felt like the first time, because when you're on stage with somebody, with that much of an artist, you can't help but just get lost in it. You're not performing anymore, you're just in it, and, yeah, it was incredible."
Describing Parton as "joy, perfection, love," Hough reveals that she got a compliment from the singer on her own vocal chops.
"To get a compliment from Dolly about my voice is the highest praise," Hough gushes. "She was just like, 'Oh, my God, your voice is amazing,' and I was like, OK, this little ego back here that's telling me I'm not good enough, well, Dolly said I am, so, boom, bye."
Parton previously opened up to ET about her dreams for the role of Jolene, saying, "Years back, when I used to think of Jolene, you know, before Julianne came on, I used to think... I'd love -- Miley [Cyrus] would have been great at that as well. But Miley was doing other things. It wasn't that kind of a thing, but she would have been great in that as well."
She added of Hough's performance, "She's such a great little actress. She's just got such a great spirit and she's a great singer."
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings season one premieres Nov. 22 on Netflix.