Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. What was the attraction to you in playing Daisy Duke?
A. I grew up watching Daisy Duke, I'm from the South,
I'm from Texas, so she was always somebody who I idolised as a
kid. Me and my cousins played Dukes of Hazzard as kids and I was
always Daisy. I was just so excited to put those shorts on.
Q. Were you ever shy about showing off your body?
A. There was definitely a robe on set that I put on after
every take because I am very shy about that kind of thing.
It was definitely acting for me to drop a trenchcoat wearing only
a bikini and look like I know what I'm doing.
Q. Did you keep a pair of shorts to take home to Nick?
A. Jay [the director] took them all actually. He wore
the shorts once as well!
Q. Do you have any fears that your success in your singing
career will be overshadowed by your acting? And do you think this
is the kind of role you’ll look for in future?
A. If I felt like that I wouldn't have taken the movie,
I definitely wanted to be part of an ensemble cast - I didn't
want to carry my first movie. For now I just want to do romantic
comedies, just fun stuff, I'll look at the serious stuff when
Q. Did you have to work out to fit in shorts?
A. I worked out a lot, I immediately went on the South
Beach diet. I trained for six days a week, two and a half hours
a day, which was pretty grueling for me. Especially being in Baton
surrounded by lots of Cajun fried goodness.
I hired a trainer and did lots of squats and lunges. I spent an
hour a day running on the treadmill. I was determined to look
good in those shorts.
Q. The shorts are a defining
feature of the role - are there any regrets that you couldn't
keep a pair? Or did you wear them for Nick while filming?
A. I have a line of clothes coming out and Daisy Dukes
are involved. I'm a big fan of those shorts. There's no girl that
couldn't wear Daisy Dukes. I kept my own pair but Nick has never
asked me to wear them around the house - though I did read that
in a magazine.
Q. Men are hypnotized by you in the movie, does that
happen in real-life?
A. I don't know how to answer that question [giggles
and blinks after being instructed to do so by Johnny Knoxville].
Thank you, it makes me shy when people say I'm beautiful.
Q. How was singing with Willie Nelson?
A. That was a dream come true for me. I adore Willie,
I think he's one of the best people I've ever met in my life and
the fact that he actually wanted to sing with me and we performed
it all over, even in Germany. I live when I'm on stage with him
and it was one of the best experiences. I feel blessed.
Q. Have you ever used your charms in a Daisy Duke way,
say when getting a parking ticket?
A. I did get pulled over the other day and I think that
playing Daisy helped me because I ended up on the phone to his
wife. I got away with it whereas beforehand I would never get
off a ticket.
Q. Did doing Newlyweds help with acting?
A. It helped with ignoring cameras and not having that
be intimidating on set. After two years I'm used to a camera now.
There won't be anymore series of that. We're no longer newlyweds,
we're going on three years.
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