Julianne Hough cast as Lead in Dolly Parton’s ‘Heartstrings’

Julianne Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”, “Footloose”) is set to star in the Netflix series Dolly Parton’s ‘Heartstrings’. Hough will star as the lead in the episode ‘Jolene’, alongside Parton.

Hough thanked Parton and said how much of an influence she is.

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It is such an honor to be working on this project with @kimberlywilliamspaisley and Dallas, and of course the one and only @dollyparton herself. You are such an inspiration! Miss Dolly wrote songs in the 60s and 70s that are still so relevant and meaningful today. With songs like Just Because I’m A Woman that she wrote about 40 years ago, she was and has been a strong, proud feminist… P.S. if you haven’t heard those lyrics, do yourself a favor and listen… Her stories have been told mostly through music, and most recently now through television. She is a true example of someone who has been in the industry her entire life and has always remained true to herself, expressing herself beautifully through her art. It’s an honor to be a part of this new chapter of hers to tell her already told stories through song now through pictures, and especially to depict one of her most iconic characters.. Jolene! Dolly, you are a true Artist, legend, Icon and Hero for so many… keep spreading your love, you are and always have been changing the world through your creativity and passion! I cannot wait to share this with all of you and bring Jolene to life! ??

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Jolene is a flirtatious free-spirit with aspirations of escaping her small hometown in Georgia, in the hopes of becoming a successful singer-songwriter. Parton will play Babe, a force of nature and the mother hen to the waitresses at Baby Blues.

‘Heartstrings’ is an upcoming eight-episode anthology series, which showcases the stories, inspirations, and memories behind Parton’s most beloved songs. The episodes will launch all at once on Netflix. There is no exact release date but look for it sometime in 2019.

The episode is based on the Grammy-winning song and tells the story of an “unexpected friendships between two very different women who find themselves part of the iconic love triangle, ultimately impacting each other’s lives in profound ways,” according to Deadline Hollywood.

Released 45 years ago, Jolene is one of Parton’s most famous songs. Younger generations have embraced the song and there have even been covers of the song including one by Parton’s goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.  


The series will feature the old and new music of the country superstar. It will begin with an introduction by Parton talking or singing about the meaning of each song. Each episode will feature a different cast.

So if you are a fan of the country superstar, or of Hough make sure to subscribe to Netflix before the New Year.

Hough has starred in “Safe Haven”, “Grease: Live”, and most recently played Betty Weider in the new film, “Bigger.”

Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Nashville”, “According to Jim”) and Dallas Roberts (“The Good Wife”. “Insatiable”) join the cast as well.

Are you excited about this casting? Will you watch the series? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram at @Celebmix.

Written by Brittany Sims

Brittany is a 2019 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for writing started as a child and grew from there. When she started becoming obsessed with celebrities and pop culture, Brittany decided to start a career in Journalism.