While on the CMA Awards red carpet, Rita Wilson opened up about songwriting and what inspired her to start doing it. Here’s what she had to say!
The star told ET that ‘The reason why I got into songwriting was that a girlfriend of mine, Kara DioGuardi, who is a great songwriter, asked me if I’ve ever wanted to write a song, and I said that I could not… She went, ‘Do you have something that you want to say?’’
‘And when she said that, it sort of opened up in this whole different way. For me, songwriting can get into the areas of things that you want to say, that sometimes you cannot find it in the right role, or you cannot write it in an article, and it just comes out in a song in the way that you feel it,’ she explained.
The actress also revealed that her battle with cancer has really influenced her songwriting process a lot!
‘In [my] album, I have a song titled ‘Tear by Tear,’ that, I remember going to church, and I was with the priest, and I was crying. It was not a good time, and he said, ‘It’s OK, It’s OK. It is alright to cry, because sometimes you can then cleanse yourself.’ And we have a word for it in Greek called catharsis, which means cleansing. So I wrote a song called ‘Tear by Tear,’ and it is about [when] sometimes you have to cry to get on the other side and get it all out,’ Wilson shared with the outlet.
The 62-year-old actress admitted that both acting and singing hold special spots in her heart even though she’s done the first for a much longer time.
According to her, ‘They are both very different. I’d say that music, for me, is something I feel more creatively satisfied or connected to because it is so pure. It is such a pure expression of who I am. With acting, it is great because sometimes you are, it has nothing to do with who you are, so you are liberated by that. And I feel lucky that I have been able to support myself in this business for so many years.’