Dale Dickey warms up to working opposite Barbra Streisand

Knoxville native and University of Tennessee alumnus Dale Dickey plays Mrs. Lovett in her bake shop in   "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." at the Clarence Brown Theatre. (Special to the News Sentinel)

Knoxville native and University of Tennessee alumnus Dale Dickey plays Mrs. Lovett in her bake shop in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." at the Clarence Brown Theatre. (Special to the News Sentinel)

Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce. After ...

Rating: PG-13 for language and some risque material

Length: 95 minutes

Released: December 19, 2012 Nationwide

Cast: Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Scott, Michael Cassidy

Director: Anne Fletcher

Writer: Dan Fogelman

More info and showtimes »

Bearden native Dale Dickey had a case of "butterflies" the first day she worked opposite Barbra Streisand in the film "The Guilt Trip," which comes out today.

But Streisand, whose reputation isn't warm and cuddly, put Dickey at ease.

In fact, there were "no egos at all," Dickey told me recently.

In the comedy that has Streisand and co-star Seth Rogen playing a mother and son on a cross-country road trip, Dickey, who graduated from the University of Tennessee, plays Tammy, a bartender who works at a strip club. "I am in the scene where they get stranded in a snow storm near Nashville," Dickey said.

"It was a treat to get to improvise with the two of them. ... We had chances to talk some. I met her husband. I found out they go to the same spot on the river in the mountains where (I) go camping a lot. She's very down to earth."

What was her impression of working beside such a legend?

"My first and lasting impression was 'lovely and adorable,'" she said, referring to Streisand as " beautiful, funny and kind."

Dickey has worked with many stars in her career (such as "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone"), but she never imagined she stand toe-to-toe with Streisand.

"Of all the folks I ever imagined I'd work with, she was not one of them. I was in shock for a bit. She's truly a legend. And I did recently splurge just a bit to see her in concert at the Hollywood Bowl," Dickey said. "I never thought of her as an idol, but I realize she had had an impact on 'shaping' my journey.

"I loved her in films growing up. But mainly, I bought one of her albums 'Back to Broadway' years ago when I started out in New York City.

"It gave me such inspiration and hope."

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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