NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 21, 2013 - Singer-songwriter Jewel finds herself quite at home with her role as the iconic Country music singer June Carter Cash. The "Foolish Games" songstress will be starring as the late legend in Lifetime's upcoming biopic centered around the life and times of Johnny Cash's wife. Not only can Jewel identify with June's hardship-strewn upbringing, but she also finds humor in having similar outhouses as a kid.
“We both were part of a musical family who found themselves out in the middle of nowhere with not much but an outhouse,” she chuckles to Country Weekly. “Being grounded and down-to-earth are just things you learn from humble beginnings like that. I also think it gave both of us a great big sense of humor.”
The film is based on son John Carter Cash's memoir Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. Set to air this spring, this real-life movie will be Jewel's first foray into made-for-TV projects. “The more I found out about her, the more I wanted people to know that she was much more than just Johnny Cash’s wife,” the Grammy-nominated artist explains. In addition to noting the similarities with the singing legend, Jewel also discovered the stark differences between them. “Every single person in her life was an addict—her husband, all of her children–it was just something very foreign to me,” she says. “I had to learn a lot [about] co-dependence and addiction to truly get myself in that frame of mind of how you stay and not leave through all of that. It has to be about more than just love.”
Jewel recently dropped a Greatest Hits collection, featuring re-imaginations of her earlier works, including collaborations with Kelly Clarkson (“Foolish Games”) and Pistol Annies ("You Were Meant for Me”). "I really wanted to sing that song with a great vocalist, and she was my first pick," Jewel tells MTV News about the Clarkson duet. "She's a hoot in the studio, she's really a fun hang, really down to earth and she's kind of a freak of nature. I mean, you go in there, and I was singing this long note and I was holding it as long as I could and as high as I could and I was on my tiptoes doing it and she walked in there and was like, that was great, and then she just did a whole three, you know, steps above it and just sailed through it like it was nothing. She's a freak of nature."