Shania Twain Says John Travolta ‘Coached’ Her Through Filming ‘Trading Paint’

Sounds Like Nashville
By Deborah Evans Price
October 27, 2017

Shania Twain is back and busier than ever. In addition to promoting her chart-topping new album, Now, and prepping for her 2018 tour, Twain recently filmed a new movie, Trading Paint, with John Travolta.

“We finished it a couple weeks ago and that was just an incredible experience,” Twain tells Sounds Like Nashville. “I enjoyed it and I enjoyed getting to know John. He’s a very sweet person. I’ve known him for several years now just on short little chats, but now [working on] this movie, we got to know each other a little bit better. I’m just lucky to have this film experience because he’s been very nurturing. He coached me through it.”

In Trading Paint, Travolta plays a down and out dirt track racing legend, who is drawn back into the winners circle after his son, an up and coming driver, joins a competitor’s racing team. Naturally, a father/son rivalry ensues and the competition gets intense. Directed by directed by Karzan Kader, the movie was filmed on location in Alabama.

“I’m Becca in the movie,” shares Twain. “I’m a school teacher in a small southern town, just starting my life over from being a big city girl and I find love in a dirt car racer. It’s a really sweet movie and the actors are just so strong.”

Twain says when the opportunity arose, she was excited to tackle a new challenge. “I learned so much. It’s a whole new chapter of my life I wasn’t expecting because it was really last minute,” she says. “I wasn’t expecting it at all, so I love the spontaneity of it. That’s why I dove into it because I didn’t have too much time to think about it.”

Though she’s starred in numerous music videos, Twain’s only other major film experience was a cameo as herself in the 2004 movie I Heart Huckabee, starring Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin. She’s eager to adding more acting roles to her resume. “I definitely will look more into acting,” she says. “I loved it, so I’d like to do it again.”