Jewel Talks June Carter Cash Movie—and Outdoor Plumbing

When taking the lead role to play June Carter Cash in the upcoming Lifetime biopic The June Carter Cash Story, singer/songwriter Jewel instinctively knew right off the bat that she would have much in common with the country icon. For example, they both were taught to act professional at a young age. They both took up the role of supporting their family via music.

And of course, there were those darn outhouses.

“We both were part of a musical family who found themselves out in the middle of nowhere with not much but an outhouse,” says Jewel with a chuckle during a recent interview with 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.”

Based on son John Carter Cash's memoir Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash and set to air this spring, the movie marks Jewel’s first scripted effort into the world of made-for-TV movies. “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,” says the Grammy-nominated singer, whose new Greatest Hits album features collaborations with Kelly Clarkson (“Foolish Games”) and Pistol Annies ("You Were Meant for Me”).

But Jewel says she also quickly discovered the distinct differences between her and June. “Every single person in her life was an addict—her husband, all of her children–it was just something very foreign to me,” says Jewel quietly. “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.”

Look for more on Jewel and her role as June Carter Cash in a future issue of Country Weekly.

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