Reba McEntire is one of the true queens of country music, but she also has a long list of acting credits dating back to 1990.
Her sitcom “Reba” ran for half a dozen seasons, but her return to primetime television comes in a drama for ABC – the latest addition to the “Big Sky” cast for season 3.
McEntire never took acting lessons and never starred in a play or musical until she played Annie Oakley in 2001’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” and yet she’s everything. quite capable of holding his own against any performer, as his latest role makes clear.
Despite her character’s name, Sunny Barnes is actually quite a sleazy character.
“She’s trying to get that front across so everything looks nice and good,” she said. “And then it goes south.”
Barnes and her husband run a business that offers luxury camping in the mountains of Montana, better known as glamping, and it’s all good until a backpacker goes missing.
“Sometimes people just want to disappear,” laments her character’s husband.
“But then,” notes the sheriff, “there are people who make them disappear.”
McEntire was already a fan of “Big Sky,” saying she watched and enjoyed the first two seasons.
Still, she was surprised when showrunner Elwood Reid approached her about the new season.
“(He) said, ‘We have an idea for you to become a new character in ‘Big Sky,'” she said. “And he told me it was a little dark.”
She welcomed luck.
“Mostly because I’ve never done it before,” she said. “I think the darkest I ever sang on was ‘That’s the Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,’ so I was really looking for something like that. It’s meaty. It’s different, and it’s something that I don’t think anyone expects me to do.
McEntire has sold over 75 million records during her career, but she’s also had an acting career spanning over three decades.
“When I sing the song, I play the song,” she said. “So it became natural for me.”
It was early in her acting career that she had a moment of confidence where she believed it was something she could actually do.
“I think it was when they laughed when I said something funny,” she said.
That’s how his own sitcom was born, but there aren’t many laughs under that “Big Sky.”
Like so many before her, McEntire found pleasure in playing poorly.
You can watch Season 3 of “Big Sky” Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on this ABC station.
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