We all know country star Reba McEntire is no stranger to the big screen. She recently made a surprise appearance in the new comedy, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
Released in February and streaming now, the comedy stars Kristen Wiig alongside her Bridesmaid co-writer, Annie Mumolo.
Together, they play two midwestern best friends who find themselves in trouble after a vacation gets nothing less than weird, and it is up to the legend herself, Reba McEntire, to save the day.
But viewers had no idea about her appearance until they watched the movie.
Everyone’s favorite redhead made an unannounced cameo as a sea goddess named Trish. According to McEntire, the part had her feeling like a fish out of water.
“I know you’re going to be surprised, but this is the first time I’ve ever played a sea spirit,” she said to USA Today.
The Role Written For Reba McEntire
McEntire was Wiig and Mumolo’s number one choice for the role. In fact they went so far as to reach out to ask if she was interested. To their delight, McEntire was all in.
McEntire joined the cast in Cancun, Mexico, for the shoot and immediately felt right at home. She was seen joking with the crew and nailing her role, even though she wasn’t much of a diver.
“Oh, my gosh, I had these hunky guys around me making sure I was safe. I loved every minute of it,” she said.
In addition, this isn’t Reba McEntire’s first rodeo on the screen. She’s taken on roles in movies like Tremors, The Little Rascals, and she starred in the long-running TV show “Reba.”
However, it sounds like McEntire spent less time working and more time laughing while working on this film.
“Everyone knows somebody like Barb and Star. They’re very real, it’s priceless,” she explained. “I laughed my butt off.”
The fiery redhead’s personality on set also added some levity and made it fun to shoot.
“At one point, she shouted at the boats, ‘Hey, I’m trying to make a movie over here,'” says director Josh Greenbaum. “I think that’s going in the bloopers.”