Leighton Meester didn't always love country music
Leighton Meester, who stars in the new movie "Country Strong," did not care that much for country music before she took on her role.
The drama film, set for release on Friday, stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Kelly Canter, a country artist looking for a comeback, as well as real-life country star Tim McGraw, who plays her husband and manager.
Meester, a 24-year-old actress known for her role as New York socialite Blair Waldorf on the teen series "Gossip Girl," plays a former beauty queen-turned singer.
When asked if she had a love for country music before she signed on to star in "Country Strong," Meester, who has recorded pop music herself, told OnTheRedCarpet.com: "I do now. I fell in love with that whole world, I fell in love with Nashville, the singer-songwriters and all the musicians and producers. I really enjoyed it."
"I love Tim. I love his music. I love Faith as well," she added, referring to McGraw's wife, country singer Faith Hill. "I love Shania Twain. I really like Taylor Swift."
Paltrow had told OnTheRedCarpet.com she was inspired by Beyonce and Hill while preparing to play Canter.
"Beyonce and Faith Hill were really the two women that I picked their brains and analyzed," she said. "I watched all their DVDs. Beyonce was touring at the time so I got to see her twice when I knew I was making the movie."
Check out the trailer for "Country Strong" below.