HBO is famously known for making some of TV’s best programs, and their comedy spoofing “mega-church culture” called The Righteous Gemstones is certainly having a moment.
The comedy series starring Danny McBride, John Goodman, and Adam Devine just got renewed for a fourth season, and the season finale of the show’s third season just premiered this past weekend. A lot of the praise from critics and fans goes to the show’s main cast, but the comedy’s supporting roles are what really sets The Righteous Gemstones apart from other shows on television.
And you might be surprised to know that the role of Aimee Leigh Gemstone, the late matriarch of the Gemstone family who is only seen in flashbacks and pictures in the show, is played by none other than country music singer and producer Jennifer Nettles.
One half of the country duo Sugarland, Nettles ditches her blonde hair for brunette in the show, and other features of the character actually makes the “Stuck Like Glue” singer hard to recognize.
Here’s a post that she shared in the beginning of July that showed her getting her hair done “Reba Style” for her role as Aimee Leigh Gemstone, with the caption stating:
“When your favorite role/character gets hair inspiration from one of your biggest idols, well, art does imitate life now doesn’t it?!”
And here’s another post that Nettles shared of her character’s song called “Sassy on Sunday,” which was featured in Season 2 of The Righteous Gemstones.
The “fake album” cover art screams 1980’s, and the caption Nettles left below the picture states:
“So grateful to write/record this song for The Righteous Gemstones and Aimee-Leigh! I’d also like to give a big shout out to 80’s easy listening country and Barbara Mandrell music for being major inspiration for this one!
If y’all want to put on something with shoulder pads and listen anytime you like, it is available to stream/purchase/download.”
Jennifer Nettles has certainly been busy with her acting career, and it seems her country music career has been put on hold. She hasn’t released anything as a solo artist or with Sugarland since 2021, if you don’t count “Sassy on Sunday” as an actual song of hers.
Nettles is also the host of the new FOX dating series Farmer Wants A Wife, and is set to star in the newest installment of The Exorcist movie franchise (which looks terrifying, I could barely make it through the trailer).
The country singer is said to play a “primary role” in The Exorcist: Believer, which is the first of a new horror movie trilogy that will release in October of this year. And if you happened to click on the link to the trailer for the scary movie, or you looked it up and watched in the middle of reading this, you might want to use “Sassy on Sunday” as a palette cleanser.