Jennifer Aniston Talks \'Dumplin\',\' Real Mother Drama And Telling Off A Terrible 2018

Jennifer Aniston really loves Dolly Parton. The actress stars in (and executive produces) the Netflix dramedy "Dumplin'," about a girl who is a big Dolly Parton fan. Legendary entertainer Parton provided new songs for the soundtrack. AP

Jennifer Aniston stars as a former beauty queen and single mother in "Dumplin'."(Photo: NETFLIX)

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Hollywood superstar Jennifer Aniston has gone full-on Dollywood playing a former beauty queen and single mom in the Netflix film "Dumplin' " (streaming Friday).

Country legend Dolly Parton agreed to let producer Aniston use her classic songs and wrote six original numbers (including the Golden Globe-nominated "Girl in the Movies," co-written with Linda Perry). Further, the two became real-life girlfriends as well.

"I'm living out so many people's fantasy," says Aniston, 49, who has pulled through real-life drama this year after her high-profile, but amicable, divorce from husband Justin Theroux earlier this year. As she sits down with USA TODAY, Aniston is all bright smiles, especially after having Parton sign several album covers.

Question: Did I literally see you getting a Dolly Parton autograph?

Jennifer Aniston: Those are for my girlfriends. There’s a lot of Dolly worship out there. Not only have I been able to create something with her and sing with her, but I've even girlfriended with her. I'm humbled.

Q:  

You have a dog named Dolly?

Aniston: Yes, I do (proudly showing her iPhone wallpaper of a white shepherd). That’s her, she’s even blonde. When she was a teeny thing, she sat in my hand. I said, "You're just a little doll. You’re a little Dolly Parton." She's beautiful. 

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Q:  

Did Dolly the dog and Dolly Parton bond?

Aniston: It was so cute. Dolly the dog came up to her and sniffed her. And then Dolly went down to her. I have this sweet picture of them nose-to-nose.

Q:  

You've never done a beauty pageant. What would've been your talent?

Aniston: (Concentrates with eyes closed.) I don't know. I can't twirl a baton, can’t yodel, can’t tap dance. My talent would just be, well, nothing that would serve me in a beauty pageant. Unless you would let me do a monologue from a Neil Simon play.

Q:  

Rosie and her daughter (played by Danielle Macdonald) have a challenging relationship. How much did that go back to the relationship with your mother, Nancy Dow (who died in 2016)?

Aniston: "Dumplin’ " kicked up stuff for me about my mom and our relationship. It was definitely push-pull. My mom wasn’t doing anything intentional to damage any self-esteem of mine, as we discussed in our older years together. She was doing what she thought best. She wasn’t raised with great parental support. She was a beautiful, stunning girl and that’s how she made a living, modeling. She was teaching me what she thought was important. Which was how to look good. That wasn’t necessarily where my interests lay.

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Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald) and her beauty queen mother, Rosie (Jennifer Aniston), have a challenging relationship in "Dumplin'." (Photo: BOB MAHONEY/NETFLIX)

Q:  

Were you able to tap into that raw emotion when Rosie cries over her daughter in "Dumplin' "?

Aniston: I did. It was pretty easily accessed, let’s just say.

Q:  That blue frock Rosie rocks in "Dumplin' " was wild. Please explain.

Aniston: It's based on an actual dress that Dolly wore. I felt pretty silly feeling wearing it, like a clown, in the best way. But it was perfect, showing Rosie throwing her control out the window and letting freedom come in.

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Jennifer Aniston rocked an outrageous, Dolly Parton-inspired dress in "Dumplin'." (Photo: NETFLIX)

Q:  It’s the end of the year. Where’s your head at? And what are you looking forward to in 2019?

Aniston: First off, I cannot believe it’s already December. That’s outrageous. I’m excited for "Dumplin' " to come out. And I’m excited for 2018 to move on. It was the year of the dog. I don’t know if there’s one person you can come into contact with who wasn't like, 'This year can go (gesture) itself.' Know what I mean? A lot of people passing and a lot of endings that can only create room for new growth and new beginnings. That’s what I’m excited about.

Q:  2018 capped with California fires and angry politics.

Aniston: It’s biblical. We’re literally living in biblical times. But I feel like something has got to give.

More drama: Don't worry, 'Friends' is still here for you: Sitcom is NOT leaving Netflix (yet)

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It was a "Friends" frenzy on social media after Netflix said the '90s sitcom would leave the streaming service in January 2019. WOCHIT

Q: And there was this world frenzy when it appeared Netflix was losing "Friends"...

Aniston: (Interrupting) I heard that! Apparently "Friends" was going to be taken off Netflix. Then it wasn't. Was there really a frenzy about it? Or a "Friend"-sy?

Q: Yes, and nice one. With multiple Netflix projects, did you use your clout to save the day?

Aniston: I didn’t. It must've been the support and love of those ever-faithful "Friends" fans. 

Q: What a beautiful note to leave 2018 on.

Aniston: Yes, "Friends" isn't dead. It’s alive and well.

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Jennifer Aniston is headed to Netflix, starring as
Jennifer Aniston is headed to Netflix, starring as a former beauty queen in "Dumplin'." To celebrate, here's a look at what she and the rest of the gang have been up to since their "Friends" days. Bob Mahoney, Netflix>FullscreenJennifer Aniston played Rachel Green of the NBC show
Aniston played Rachel Green on "Friends." ANDREW ECCLES, NBC>FullscreenWe loved her as Rachel, whose adventurous, fun-loving
We loved her as Rachel, whose adventurous, fun-loving personality always seemed to get her into trouble. DANNY FELD, NBC>FullscreenAnd we adored her iconic fashion and hair moments throughout
And we adored her iconic fashion and hair moments throughout the show and career. Here she is at the VH1 Fashion and Music Awards on June 22, 1995, sporting her famous bob. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USAT>FullscreenAnd here she is with Brad Pitt at the Emmy Awards on
And here she is with Brad Pitt at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, 1999, in Los Angeles. Remember when they were a couple? DAN MACMEDAN, USAT>FullscreenAnd here she is being her fun, fashion-forward self
And here she is being her fun, fashion-forward self at the "Office Christmas Party" premiere on Dec. 7, 2016. JIMMY MORRISON, EPA>FullscreenHere she is speaking at the Oscars on Feb. 26, 2017
Here she is speaking at the Oscars on Feb. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP>FullscreenNow she's with hubby Justin Theroux. Here, they're
She attended HBO's 'The Leftovers' Season 3 premiere and after-party on April 4, 2017, in Los Angeles with then-husband Justin Theroux. The two recently divorced. Jeff Kravitz, FilmMagic>FullscreenLeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani in the TV comedy
Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani in the TV comedy series, was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor for his work in "Friends." He attended the awards with his then-fiancee, Melissa McKnight, on Jan. 19, 2003. KIM D. JOHNSON, Associated Press>FullscreenWe loved him and all his ladies man charm on 'Friends.'
We loved Joey and all his ladies-man charm on "Friends." Here he is with guest star Brooke Shields on the show. NONE, WARNER BROTHERS>FullscreenHe attended the Emmy Awards with his now ex-wife Melissa
He attended the Emmy Awards with McKnight on Sept. 21, 2003, in Los Angeles. The two were married that year, and divorced three years later. DAN MACMEDAN, XXX USAT>FullscreenOn Jan. 12, 2012, he posed with his award in the at
On Jan. 12, 2012, he posed with his award in the at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills. PAUL BUCK, EPA>FullscreenHe rocks shades nowadays too. Here he is at the Emmy
He rocks shades nowadays, too. Here he is at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. PAUL BUCK, EPA>FullscreenOn Sept. 18, 2016, he presented an award during the
On Sept. 18, 2016, he presented an award during the Emmys with Julie Bowen. Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY>FullscreenHe attended the Tribeca Film Festival on April 30,
On April 30, 2017, he attended the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, sporting a salt-and-pepper beard. Noam Galai, Getty Images for Tribeca Film Fe>FullscreenDavid Schwimmer played Ross Geller on the show.
David Schwimmer played Ross Geller on the show. WARNER BROS>FullscreenWe loved his as Ross, who was the nerdy, lovable sister
We loved him as Ross, who was the nerdy, lovable brother to Rachel's friend Monica... NBC>FullscreenAnd as the Rachel's eventual love interest.
And as Rachel's eventual love interest. PAUL DRINKWATER, NBC>FullscreenWhen 'Friends' started in 1994, Schwimmer was 28 years
When "Friends" started in 1994, Schwimmer was 28 years old. ANDREW ECCLES, NBC>FullscreenNow, at age 50, he is still part of the acting world.
Now, at age 52, he is still part of the acting world. Here he is at the "Six Degrees of Separation" opening night on April 25, 2017, in New York. Jim Spellman, WireImage>FullscreenHere he is looking more clean cut at the Golden Globe
Here he is looking more clean-cut at the Golden Globe on Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills. Dan MacMedan, Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY NETWORK>FullscreenHere he is on 'American Crime Story: The People v.
He also played Robert Kardashian on "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson." FX>FullscreenAnd sorry to the Ross and Rachel shippers, --
Schwimmer
Here he is with Zoe Beckman at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. They were married in 2010 but separated last year. Dan MacMedan, Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY>FullscreenCourteney Cox played Ross's sister, Monica Geller on
Courteney Cox played Ross' sister, Monica Geller, on the show. ANDREW ECCLES, NBC>FullscreenWe loved Cox's Monica, who was a charming neat-freak.
We loved Cox's Monica, who was a charming neat-freak. JOEY DEL VALLE, NBC>FullscreenHere she is with co-star Tom Selleck who played one
Here she is with co-star Tom Selleck, who played one of her love interests on the show. PAUL DRINKWATER, NBC>FullscreenHere she is with co-star Matthew Perry at the Emmy
Here she is with co-star Matthew Perry at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 10, 1995, in Pasadena, California BOB RIHA, JR., USAT>FullscreenNow Cox, 53, is a mother to her daughter Coco. Here
Cox, now 54, is mother to Coco. Here they are at the Rock Malibu Fundraiser on Sept. 15, 2013, in California. Jeff Vespa, WireImage>FullscreenHere she was on April 20, 2015 with musician Johnny
Here she was on April 20, 2015, with musician Johnny McDaid while attending the "Just Before I Go" screening in Hollywood. Angela Weiss, Getty Images for Darin Pfeiffer>FullscreenOn March 24, 2016, she attended the UCLA Institute
On March 24, 2016, she attended the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability celebration of the Champions of Our Planet's Future in Beverly Hills. Gregg DeGuire, WireImage>FullscreenShe looked beautiful in black at the Grammy Awards
She looked beautiful in black at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY>FullscreenMatthew Perry played Chandler Bing on the hit series.
Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing on the hit series. REISIG & TAYLOR, NBC>FullscreenWe loved Bing's goofy, witty personality.
We loved Chandler's goofy, witty personality. Chris Haston, NBC>FullscreenAnd the love her had for Cox's character Monica, of
And the love he had for Monica, of course. JOEY DELVALLE, XXX NBC>FullscreenPerry was 25 when the show first aired.
Perry was 25 when the show first aired. ANDREW ECCLES, XXX NBC>FullscreenNow Perry is 47. Here he is arriving at a special screening
Now, Perry is 49. Here he is at a special screening of "The Kennedys - After Camelot" on March 15, 2017, in Beverly Hills. Jordan Strauss, Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP>FullscreenOn May 7, 2017, he attended the Lucille Lortel Awards
On May 7, 2017, he attended the Lucille Lortel Awards in New York. Walter McBride, FilmMagic>FullscreenHere his is with Thomas Lennon, speaking onstage during
Here he is with Thomas Lennon during "The Odd Couple" panel as part of the CBS/Showtime Television Critics Association press tour on Jan. 12, 2015, in Pasadena, California. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images>FullscreenHe attended the Tribeca Film Festival with Jennifer
He attended the Tribeca Film Festival with Jennifer Morrison on April 26, 2017, in New York. Paul Zimmerman, WireImage>FullscreenLast but not least, Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay.
Last but not least, Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe Buffay. REISIG & TAYLOR, NBC>FullscreenWe loved Phoebe's quirky personality and never-ending
We loved Phoebe's quirky personality and never-ending backstory. BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN, NBC>FullscreenOutside of 'Friends,' we also loved her as Romy in
Outside of "Friends," we also loved her in "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion." MARK FELLMAN, TOUCHSTONE PICTURES>FullscreenHere she is with Chris Isaak presenting an award at
Here she is with Chris Isaak presenting an award at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 28, 1996. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USAT>FullscreenHere she is attending An Unforgettable Evening on Feb.
Here she is attending An Unforgettable Evening on Feb. 16, 2017, in Beverly Hills. Tommaso Boddi, WireImage>FullscreenHere she is attending an event for the film 'Boss Baby'
Here she is attending an event for the film "Boss Baby" on March 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. Kudrow voiced the mom in the animated film. Tasia Wells, FilmMagic>FullscreenOn June 8, 2017, Lisa Kudrow, 53, attended the AFI
On June 8, 2017, Kudrow attended the AFI Life Achievement Award gala in Hollywood. Jason LaVeris, FilmMagic>FullscreenAnd here she is at the VH1 Awards on June 22, 1995.
And here she is at the VH1 Awards on June 22, 1995. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USAT>FullscreenHere's a group photo of the gang from 1994.
Here's a photo of the gang from 1994. REISIG & TAYLOR, NBC>FullscreenAnd here they are now! This is the 'Friends' cast (minus
And here they are now! This is the "Friends" cast (minus Matthew Perry) with director James Burrows in 2016 during the taping of "Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows." Chris Haston, AP>Fullscreen

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