Country star Reba McEntire is no stranger to the big screen, but she makes a surprise appearance in a just-released comedy. Read below for a spoiler to the Kristen Wiig laughfest, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
Released in February and streaming on-demand now, the gal-pal comedy finds Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Wonder Woman 1984) starring alongside her Bridesmaid co-writer, Annie Mumolo. Together, they play a pair of midwestern best friends who get more than they bargained for when a Florida vacation goes awry, and it’s McEntire who helps save the day. But viewers had no idea until she showed up on screen.
The red-headed hit maker makes an unannounced cameo as a supernatural sea goddess named Trish in the film, and according to McEntire, the role had her feeling like a fish out of water.
“I know you’re going to be surprised, but this is the first time I’ve ever played a sea spirit,” she told USA Today.
Wiig and Mumolo apparently wrote the role specifically with McEntire in mind, and after producers reached out to ask if she was interested, McEntire was all in. A big fan of Bridesmaids, McEntire joined the cast in Cancun, Mexico, for filming, and immediately made lasting impression — joking with the crew and nailing her part… even though she doesn’t know how to dive.
“Oh, my gosh, I had these hunky guys around me making sure I was safe. I loved every minute of it,” she says.
Reba McEntire has previously been featured in movies like Tremors, The Little Rascals and more, and she starred in the long-running TV sitcom, Reba, or course. But it sounds like she got a little something extra out of Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar. As in, a big laugh.
“Everyone knows somebody like Barb and Star. They’re very real, it’s priceless,” she explains. “I laughed my butt off.”