Faith Hill Returns to the Spotlight

Singer Talks About Career, Style and the World's Best Sandwich

In the second part of a two-part interview with CMT’s Katie Cook, Faith Hill elaborates about what it feels like to return to the spotlight with her just-released album, Fireflies.

Hill also talks about her husband, Tim McGraw, and her acting debut in the feature film, The Stepford Wives. Along the way, she also reveals a longtime love of barbecue potato chips and comfortable footwear.

What are some of the simple pleasures that mean so much to you?

Faith Hill: Oh, I have so many. I have more simple pleasures in my life than I do glamorous ones, that’s for sure. I’m a very simple person. I don’t wear makeup or do my hair when I’m not working.

Come on.

I don’t. You can ask anybody in this room who knows me. I don’t. I’m very simple, and I like simple things. I like to be home with my family and cook and wash and do that simple stuff. Just like everybody else. Yeah, it really is sometimes a job to get dressed up and fancied and polished and scrubbed and all those things.

How do you and Tim juggle two massive music careers? You could have a full-time job being his wife and vice versa.

Yeah, it is a full time job. I don’t know. Somehow, it just works. That’s the honest truth. I mean, fortunately, when he’s working, I’m not — and vice versa. We try and keep it that way. Sometimes, it crosses each other. … It’s just been great that we can be there for each other when the other one’s bustin’ it.

How involved do you like to be in the music video making process?

Very involved. Extremely involved.

From the treatment to the editing?

Yeah, absolutely. Because, to me, it’s just another extension to the creative process in delivering my music. So it’s telling another chapter in the book, and it’s very important. … It makes a big difference to get involved.

Making videos is kind of like acting. Can you tell us a bit about that?

It’s easier because you’re actually singing. … On “Mississippi Girl,” I really wanted to be onstage because I love to perform. … I just wanted to do it, and it was so much fun. I almost forgot the cameras were even there because I just love playing with the band, and we had a great time. So it’s a little different than making movies.

You like to change your hair a lot.

Yes.

Is it completely impulsive or planned out?

I’ve done that, for sure, over the years. It’s just impulsive. I’ll just wake up and say, “You know, I’m ready to do something.” Not too impulsive, but it’s also not planned too far in advance.

Do you surprise Tim, or do you talk about it?

We talk about it. I don’t know. It’s, “Why not?” I get bored with the same stuff, and after seeing yourself all over the place in pictures, it’s like, “Ewww … ewww. I want something different.”

What do you do to stay in such great shape?

I do Pilates … and run. Yeah, I’ll be running after those three kids. (laughs) I try to eat well. That’s important, too, the older you get. It makes a big difference, and it teaches the kids to eat the right things. I’m not always a great example, but I’m trying to be.

What would be your favorite junk food?

Oh, my gosh. OK, my favorite that I cannot stop eating is a bag of barbecue potato chips and sour cream ranch dressing. … It’s the best when you’re just sitting there watching a movie and your hands are going into the bag and into the dip. All of a sudden, the chips are gone. So that’s my indulgence. … I’ll tell you another one. See, I have many. My girls have gotten to love this sandwich. When I was in high school, my girlfriend, Gaye Knight, [and I] used to make this sandwich every Friday before a football game. It was white bread with mayonnaise, mustard, smoked ham … lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cheese and barbecue potato chips. It’s the best.

Potato chips in the sandwich?

Yes. It’s the best sandwich in the world, with a big ol’ glass of Coke or sweet tea. Anyway, that sounds really good right now.

You’re a big trendsetter. What’s “in” right now that you love?

I’ll tell you what I love. There’s some shoes that I found that I wear every day. It’s a wonder I don’t have then on right now, but they’re called Crocs. You know what I’m talking about?

Yeah, they’re the kind you can rinse out and they’re lightweight.

Well, first, they’re really really comfortable. Second, the whole family can wear them because they come in kids sizes and they come in every color, and you wash them. I wash them every night. So it’s like having a new pair of shoes every day because you can wear them in the mud. You can walk all day in them.

This is what men on tour buses need.

They do. I mean, that’s true. … They’re great, and they’re reasonably priced. They’re like $35-$37, which is good for a pair of shoes that you can wear all the time, right? I’m very practical. I love them.

I do hear that you like high heels, too, though.

Oh, yeah. Well, of course. I have to. I’m a girl. I have a great collection of shoes, but I honestly am a comfort girl.

Have you ever counted how many pairs of shoes you have?

No … there’s a good many.

In a music video, you really want to get connected with your audience. Movies are the complete opposite. Was that a strange thing to get used to?

No. It wasn’t, because I didn’t think about the camera being there. Really, the most difficult part for me was the downtime. That was the hard thing to get used to.

Someone told me you were playing your guitar a lot during the downtime.

Yeah, I did. … I redecorated my dressing room like four or five times. Oh, lord, I did everything. … But it was a great experience. I made some good friends in that movie.

Glenn Close said one of the greatest parts of making the movie was becoming friends with you and Tim.

That’s just so sweet.

Any future acting roles?

Yeah, in the future, but right now it’s just about the record. I worked on this for so long, and I’m so excited, it’s really all I can do. I can’t do both at one time.

When you sing about relationships gone wrong — and with you being a part of such a high profile couple — how do you deal with subject matter when it doesn’t necessarily relate to you?

I just feel like I’m an interpreter, really. I don’t have to have lived the subject that I’m singing about. … I love sad songs, too. It’s so ironic. … I’ve always loved those really really sad country songs. Those were the best.

What are you most looking forward to about really getting back out there?

Just getting out and playing. … I just can’t wait to get on stage. I can’t wait to introduce those people who don’t know [songwriter] Lori McKenna and her writing. … It’s just very exciting. I feel relieved. I don’t feel anxiety about being back out, and it’s going to be a lot of hard work. …. I can’t wait to see and hear what the fans have to say.

Read the first part of Katie Cook’s interview with Faith Hill.