Young Dolly Parton Comes From Soap Opera

The Young and the Restless Star to Play Country Icon

Imagine going from a soap opera to, well, another kind of soap opera.

That’s what is happening for 7-year-old Alyvia Alyn Lind, who just found out that she got the part of the young Dolly Parton in the upcoming TV movie Coat of Many Colors.

Lind will be playing one of the lead roles. The movie is not about Parton’s fame as a singer but focuses more on her tough childhood in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in the 1950s, which is detailed in her song of the same name.

Lind has been playing Faith on The Young and the Restless, so she’s no rookie. Even at 7.

Still, having Parton herself surprise you at a callback audition has to feel pretty special.

“When I was watching your audition I thought I wish I had been that pretty. I wish I had been that smart,” Parton told Lind in a video featured on NBC’s Today. “I really felt you, and I thought, well, I would be so honored to have you play little Dolly so we are announcing today that you are it.”

No air date has been announced for the movie premiere.

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