By Gayle Thompson
Filed under: Country News, Movies
It was almost a year ago that Jewelannounced
she would play June Carter Cash
in the Lifetime movie, "Ring of Fire," based on the book, "Anchored in Love," by John Carter Cash, the only son of June and Johnny Cash
. With the release date less than two months away, the singer acknowledges that taking on the life story of one of her heroes was more difficult than she anticipated.
"It sort of stunned me, as I had a baby about eight months before, and had no plans of acting," Jewel tells Billboard
magazine, adding that she took the role because of the persistence of Asylum Entertainment President Jonathan Koch. " I tried to talk him out of it, but he seemed very determined to have me. I told him I would probably ruin my career, but he wanted me to do it anyway."