I cajoled my producers for Loretta Lynn`s musical: Zooey Deschanel

Updated: May 10, 2013, 08:46 AM IST

London: Actress Zooey Deschanel spent months badgering the producers behind a new Broadway musical, based on the life of country icon Loretta Lynn, in a bid to land the lead role.

The `New Girl` star said the idea to turn the singer`s 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner`s Daughter, into a stage show hit her while she was in the shower, and she immediately called her manager to see if the project was already in the works, reported Contactmusic.

"It was fortuitous because it was being developed and I thought, `Oh my god, The Coal Miner`s Daughter should be on Broadway because it`s such a good story and the music is so great.` So I called my manager and said, `Can you check to see if somebody`s developing this?`

"And somebody was, and they said, `We don`t attach actresses this early in the game`, but we kept plugging away and finally they were talking to Loretta Lynn`s camp and they said, `Oh, Loretta loves Zooey!`," she said.

The 33-year-old was invited to meet Lynn before a concert in Nashville last year and she immediately won the legend`s approval. But Deschanel is still waiting to hear when she will make her Broadway debut.

"It`s in development so I don`t know exactly when it`s going to happen, but I`m so excited," she added.