'Ring of Fire' Myth Busting: Jewel Can Act and Lifetime Movies Can Be Seriously Awesome
Ring of Fire" showcases Jewel's talent — in dentures, no less.Lifetime Movies can be seriously awesome. The network's "
"I always liked the song 'Ring of Fire,' but I was never that into it," she told us before the premiere at the Grammy Museum of her Lifetime movie debut, the June Carter Cash biopic "Ring of Fire." "But there's a scene in the movie where June writes 'Ring of Fire,' and you realize she wrote it about falling in love with Johnny (Cash) while she was still married; and she was very religious, very strict, so she really feared the fires of hell. It lent such drama to that song that it made me connect with it."
She went on to say that she's felt a connection to the Carter family for most of her life: "They were raised in the mountains with an out house and that's how I was raised. I was taught to be professional at a young age. I was helping the family earn income at a young age. We toured, I ate squirrel stew. So, we had a lot in common."
Does squirrel take just like chicken?
"No," she said, "it's awful. Maybe we didn't cook it right. But it's not good."
Jewel should get an Emmy nod, and not just because she had to sing and act in dentures, a wig, and contacts. Although the makeover is impressive. We asked if the men in her life — her husband, Ty Murray, and her little boy, Kase — were on set to see her in Carter form.
"[Ty] did, and my son did too," she said. "He was 9 or 10 months old, and he kept trying to look behind me, like I was wearing a mask or something. It was really sweet. My husband thought the teeth were really wild, really transformative. You'd never think fixing a tooth would be that powerful, but it really was."
Jewel talks about transforming her signature smile for the role of June Carter Cash:
And what's it like to be transformed into a 72-year-old? "It was a kind of cool sneak peak," she said. "It was an interesting process. I didn't mind."
Before starting "Fire," Jewel had hesitations beyond the aesthetic realm. "Reese (Witherspoon) won an Oscar for portraying her, so I knew I would be compared," she said. "The level was set very high, and I knew I had to hit it going in."