Jessica Simpson reflects on her past as she completes the TV pilot for the show inspired by her 2020 memoir, open book.
Saturday, the Dukes of Hazzard star, 42, shared an Instagram photo of herself with John Stamos and actress and musician Katelyn Tarver on the set of the Amazon Freevee TV pilot, in which Tarver plays a pop star named Sadie Sparrow who comes into collision with fading singer-songwriter Stamos. Although the series isn’t directly based on Simpson’s own life, Simpson – an executive producer on the project – took advantage of the moment to talk about her past.
Sharing that filming the pilot was a “week of pure magic” that she will carry “for a lifetime,” Simpson wrote, “Going back in time to self-discovery at age 25 has moments of intense emotional vulnerability. .”
“Hot dang I knew next to nothing at the time, but I was ready for discovery even inside my shyness and innocence,” the “Public Affair” singer continued. “On the EP side of watching someone else, @katelyntarver, play your younger self coming of age, there’s no way you won’t feel some things again like it was yesterday. You know, when people ask the question, what advice would you give to your younger self? Well, for me, that answer changed last week from “you’re pretty and pretty” to “SADDLE UP BUTTERCUP! BE LADY WITHOUT FEAR.'”
She also applauded Stamos, who “dominated” the role of Butch, teasing fans, “You’re gonna wait…”
Simpson’s memoir details many difficult subjects from the pop star’s past, including her experiences with sexual abuse and addiction to alcohol and pills. She also chronicled past relationships with stars like ex-husband Nick Lachey and ex-boyfriend John Mayer. She also explained the pain of being judged by the public on her body.
In a 2020 interview with People of the book’s release, she said, “It’s been a long, hard emotional journey, a journey that I’ve walked through on the other side with pure happiness, fulfillment, and self-acceptance. I used my pain and turned it into something that can be beautiful and hopefully inspire people.
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