It's been a big year for Lauren Alaina. She released a new single, "Road Less Traveled," co-written with pop star Meghan Trainor, off her 2015 self-titled EP and is currently filming a movie of the same name. She recently chatted with Taste of Country's Billy Dukes about the single, her meeting with Dolly Parton and more.

Alaina has been shooting the lead role in her first film, shaped around the single, inspired by a dark period in her life where she battled bulimia while dealing with her parents' divorce and her father's alcoholism. The singer admits she's never professionally acted before, though she says she does act "every day of my life, unprofessionally." Road Less Traveled is due out in January of 2017.

She shares her first onscreen lip-lock in the film. "It was a little nerve-wracking to kiss onscreen," she admits. "It's so uncomfortable because so many people are watching and you've just met the person."

Her film debut isn't the only big event to transpire in the young singer's life as of late. She recently had the chance to sit down for a conversation with Parton, one of her idols. "I was such a wreck. It's very rare for me to get nervous and I had no idea what to say to her," Alaina admits about the first time she met the legend.

Sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch of a Cracker Barrel, Alaina got to ask the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner about everything from her career to advice she'd give to her 21-year-old self. "She was unbelievable, she's everything I ever wanted her to be," Alaina gushes. "It was just inspiring to meet someone who's been so successful  and she's just so humble and kind... I hope that if I have even a fraction of that success that I continue to stay a normal human being. I think it's a choice and I think she's done a really great and beautiful job with it."

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