Jessica Simpson talks about Willie Nelson, Dallas Fundraiser

(Germany, 2005, for the troops)

What can you tell us about the Willie event?

I can’t wait. It’s gonna be a blast. I just shot this movie with Willie Nelson, and he was my papaw, and he was talking about this foundation and asked me to come and be part of it. Willie and I are soul mates.

Since you won’t be doing your own set or even your own songs, what will your performance entail?Willie and I are doing a medley of gospel tunes: “Amazing Grace,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Is it more nerve-racking performing in Dallas than any other place?I won’t be nervous, because Willie and I are Frick and Frack. When I’ll be on that stage, all I’ll be thinking about is me and him.

You’re hoping that your next film, Blonde Ambition, will further solidify your place as an actress. What can you tell us about it?

We actually just finished shooting Blonde Ambition with another Dallas boy, Luke Wilson, in Louisiana. It was my first leading-lady role. My dad is one of the producers, so I got to sneak a peek the other day, and I’m so excited. I think people are going to understand that I really am going to have a movie career after seeing me in it.

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