Is there really anything in this world that can emotionally prepare you for your first performance at the Grand Ole Opry?
Singer-actress Lucy Hale would have the answer for us, as she prepares to officially make her big debut in the hallowed circle Saturday night (June 21).
I recently caught up with the adorable starlet to chat about her debut album, Road Between, and her thoughts about her first appearance on the Opry stage.
"It's kind of a big deal. I'm kinda freaking out about it!" said the star of the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.
"It's just one of those things. I've been to the Opry a few times, but growing up and loving music and living in Tennessee, you can't not appreciate the Opry and what it's done for country music. Just to know that I'll be standing on that stage where people that I look up to and where icons have performed ... I mean, does it get any better than that?"
We can't imagine it getting any better that, sister!
"I'm just so, so excited," she said. "I'm really looking forward to it."
And the Memphis-native admits she's not the only one absolutely bursting with excitement. Her entire family, still based in Tennessee, is ready to watch and cheer their girl on from the pews of Grand Ole Opry House as she hits the stage. And when she says they'll all be there, she means, all of them.
"Everyone," she said. "I'm pretty sure that every seat in the Opry will be filled by someone that I know. Which is cool. There will be a lot of support in the house."
We're cheering for you, too, Lucy.