When she's not donating thousands of books or funding a vaccine for the coronavirus, she's saving her co-stars' lives.
Is there anything Dolly Parton cannot do? Well, it seems like there isn't, actually. Recently, the country singer and songwriter saved a nine-year-old actress Talia Hill's life by pulling her away from an oncoming vehicle. The incident took place while Hill and Parton were filming for their upcoming Netflix special Christmas on the Square. In an interview, the actress revealed that she was returning to the set of the film after going to get a hot chocolate when she felt the 74-year-old physically pull her back as a car approached her, the Daily Mail reports.
"She's like, "Well, I am an angel, you know;' cause she plays an angel in the movie," the nine-year-old explained. "I was in shock. She hugged me and shook me and said, 'I saved your life!'" Indeed she did. However, Hill was full of praise for the Tennessee native even before this act of heroism. She shared, "When Dolly walked in she smelled like heaven. She greeted everyone even if you were a trashcan person. It was such a great feeling." While everyone knows just how kind Parton is, it is nice to hear it from someone who has worked alongside her.
The upcoming Christmas movie, directed by Debbie Allen, stars Parton as an angel. Hill and two of her siblings Tristan, 16, and Tyson, 13, will appear in the film. This is in part owing to their mother Tonia Hill's background in entertainment and Hollywood. She has worked at Walt Disney World for 26 years now. The mother stated, "I danced with all three of my babies in my bellies." Since being laid off from the resort amidst the pandemic, she has been focusing on her children's careers. Hill praised, "She makes me grow as a dancer; she tells me if something doesn’t look good or if it is the wrong note." Sibling Tristan added, "Watching her made me want to perform and be on stage."
The 16-year-old was full of praise for Parton as well. "When you think of Dolly Parton, you are just like, 'It is Dolly Parton,' but when you actually see her you are like 'Wow, it’s Dolly Parton,'" he said. "Being in her presence lifts you. She is so amazing." The actress recently helped fund the research for the groundbreaking COVID-19 vaccine. Upon finding out that she had helped lift the vaccine off the ground, Parton stated, "I'm just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good, and evidently, it is. Let's just hope we find a cure real soon."