While the Academy of Country Music Awards were all about the country community, anyone watching knows that they quickly turned into the Dolly Parton Show in the final half hour of the show when Parton and Katy Perry took to the ACM Awards stage with a compilation of her best songs from over the years. But before the performance, Parton was awarded the Tex Ritter Award, and during her speech she gave a shoutout to a little blonde girl in the audience. So who is Alyvia Alyn Lind to Dolly Parton? Meet Dolly Parton's mini-me and the actor who portrayed her in the film of Parton's life.
In December 2015, NBC aired Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, the "inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing..." The film starred a young Lind, who played Parton as just a young girl. At the ACM Awards, fans saw a clip of the young actor getting the titular coat of many colors. Even though they are some big shoes to fill, Lind slipped them on seamlessly, without any hesitation, and absolutely nailed the role.
The actor, born in 2007, has had many big roles in her short career. She has been in films like Blended and A Deadly Adoption. She also has a very successful television career. She has starred in Revenge, Masters of Sex, Transparent, and 92 episodes of The Young and the Restless. So, she's been very busy for only being 8 years old.
Lind spoke to People before the premiere of the Dolly Parton film, and said that she "learned from Dolly to never give up on a dream." Clearly, even an 8 year old can be feel the effect of a road well paved by Dolly Parton. She certainly was feeling it during the award show on Sunday, obvious here in this little dance during Parton and Perry's performance:
This is definitely only the beginning of a very successful career for Lind. The young actor already received a Critic's Choice Award nomination for her role as Dolly Parton for Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. That nomination will certainly not be the last.