No way! On a new episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Reba McEntire revealed that she almost played Kathy Bates‘ role in the 1997 movie Titanic as Molly Brown, but had to give it up due to scheduling conflicts.
“We were on tour and I had a lot of people on the payroll and we had these three months to do the movie. And then they got behind on scheduling and said, ‘No, we’re going to have to move it in this time,'” the singer, 63, explained. “So we couldn’t reschedule all the arenas and everything.”
Although Reba admitted that turning down the movie was hard for her, she was still proud of herself for doing what was right. “You got to take care of your people,” she said. The actress still takes care of her staff and her family too. In fact, she even has a very famous relative: Kelly Clarkson.
When Reba met the American Idol alum, 36, in 2002, they instantly hit it off and the country singer became even more fond of the singer after she married her stepson, Brandon Blackstock, in 2013. “I love her to pieces. She’s been one of my best friends since I met her,” Reba previously told Closer Weekly. “She’s a great gal, big-hearted and with Kelly what you see is what you get!”
Reba’s friends also noticed how close the two singers have become. “They really just ‘get’ each other. They are both faith-filled and loving yet can tell a dirty joke and be adorably inappropriate. Kelly is older than her years, so she and Reba are like contemporaries,” one of Reba’s pals said, and another added, “[She] passed her showbiz wisdom to Kelly on things like handing fame and being in the public eye.” We think Reba is so amazing and thoughtful!