It's the first time the country music star is playing a villain - and the first time she was ever even asked!
HOLLYWOOD -- Reba McEntire is trying something new in her career.
She's already a country music legend, she's done Broadway and she's had her own sitcoms.
We know her as someone full of sweetness and light, but that's about to change in her new ABC series "Big Sky: Deadly Trails." It's the first time McEntire is playing a villain.
"I've never gotten the offer, even a consideration, so this is what we've been waiting for," she said.
The award-winning singer and actress plays Sunny Barnes, the matriarch of a family that runs a successful backcountry outfitter, one that happens to have a secret history of missing customers.
"I can't wait for them to say, 'Action!' It's that much fun," said McEntire. "Sunny Barnes is the type of woman that is a really nice lady. She's just very overprotective of her family and she goes to certain degrees to make sure they're protected. So if people like that certain degree, they'll love me. If they don't, they won't!"
When executive producer Elwood Reid approached McEntire for the role, it turns out, it came with an unexpected bonus.
The team needed to cast Sunny Barnes' husband and McEntire's real life boyfriend, Rex Linn, was available, and was cast!
"So we both got on the show and it couldn't have worked out better," said McEntire.
"Big Sky: Deadly Trails" airs Wednesday nights on ABC7.