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Here’s Why Dolly Parton Gets Up At 3 AM

In a new interview with RuPaul, Dolly Parton discusses her upcoming Christmas movie, cooking in heels, and why she wakes up so damn early every single day.

Dolly Parton, American icon and official contributor to the COVID-19 vaccine, revealed some key insights into her routines. Among them, the fact that she wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning and that she wears high heels when she cooks.

Parton was interviewed by RuPaul for the new issue of Marie Claire, discussing topics like her daily routines, songwriting process, career, and more. Parton said she’s a very spiritual person, that she prays every morning, usually very early on. “But I’m always, almost always up for good around 3 a.m. So I do some of my best spiritual work, some of my best writing, and some of my business work—call-ins and letters that I’m writing or whatever—between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m,” she said, which is probably a nightmare for her colleagues and is likely the reason why she’s a billionaire who’s written dozens of hit songs.

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Aside from waking up at 3 a.m., the 74-year-old said that she only needs between three or five hours of sleep a night, with a little power nap thrown in there when needed.

“I don’t require a lot of sleep. Three to five hours I can work on. Five hours I like to get. But usually I’m between three and five. But usually, if I’m on the job, I’ll take a little power nap.”

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Another aspect that might be a key to her success is that she’s always street ready. “I have to keep my makeup on and keep my hair done,” she said. “If we get an earthquake, I’m not running out in the street looking like you look now,” which is a strong dig at Rupaul’s Zoom outfit. When explaining why she wears high heels in the morning she says: “They’re not always as high as the ones I wear for show. But I’m little. I’m short. And I have to wear heels in order to reach my cabinets.”

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Parton has a Netflix Christmas movie coming up called Christmas On The Square, where she obviously plays an angel. You can read the full interview here if you’re interested in learning more about her wigs, her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and her Christmas album.


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