What Do The Young And The Restless' Alyvia Alyn Lind And Dolly Parton Have In Common?

Fans of "The Young and The Restless" will be more than familiar with Faith Newman, played by Alyvia Alyn Lind. The now 15-year-old actress made her debut in 2011 as part of the beloved daytime soap opera and remained a cast member for a decade. During her time at Y&R, Lind continued to pursue other acting roles including a recurring role in the ABC drama "Revenge" and the satirical movie "A Deadly Adoption" alongside Will Ferrell. More recently, she bagged a lead role in the SYFY horror series "Chucky" and is set to join the cast of Disney+'s "The Spiderwick Chronicles," per Deadline

While the young actress has made sure to expand her resume far and wide across roles and genres, there is one special role that she will always be remembered for and will forever connect her to Queen of Country Dolly Parton. That is her portrayal of the singer as a child in the biographical movie "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" and later in the Emmy-nominated sequel "Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (via SyFy).

Lind and Parton met in the most unexpected way

Alyvia Alyn Lind had an interesting casting process to land young Dolly Parton's role in "Coat of Many Colors." She thought that she was going in for the last audition and meeting the film crew when suddenly Dolly Parton showed up to meet her, according to her interview with Gold Derby. The actress was taken aback by the surprise but was super excited to meet the country icon. "[Parton] said I was amazing in [the film] and that I captured her very well," Lind told the outlet following the release of the movie. "I'm so happy that I actually made Dolly Parton happy because that's definitely a life goal."

The duo shared a sweet performance back in 2016 when Lind was nine years old. Parton and Lind sang "Angel Hill" from "Coat of Many Colors" live on Hallmark's Home & Family. "[A] big portion of the movie was based on us losing one of my little brothers," Parton said in the show. "I had written this song years ago but we used it in the movie [...] it's a sad song."