WATCH: What You Probably Didn't Know About Netflix's Hit 'Dumplin'
Need weekend plans? May we suggest ordering takeout, shutting the blinds, putting on some comfy sweats, and turning on Netflix’s original movie Dumplin? Why? Because not only is the movie adorable, it’s also an homage to all things Southern. But, there is one thing you should know before tuning in: The movie may be set in Texas, but was actually filmed in Georgia. Three Georgia towns, in fact.
In case you somehow haven’t already heard about the film, or the book it’s based on, let us fill you in on the plot (don’t worry, no spoilers): An adorable teenager named Willowdean Dickson is living in Texas, under the same roof as her ex-beauty queen mother. While Willowdean never caught the pageant bug, she enters a local pageant run by her mom to prove a point to everyone about fitting in and loving yourself just the way you are.
The movie, starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, is supposed to take place in a small Texas town. However, the film was produced and shot in three separate towns in Georgia.
According to Country Living, the bulk of the scenes were shot in the small town of Jonesboro, located about 40 minutes outside of Atlanta. Though the town only has a population of about 4,755 people, it still has plenty going on for visitors looking for a great mini getaway.
And, as A Southern Thing noted, the town of Covington, population 13,347, actually represented the town square in the film and was featured in several scenes showing the characters out and about in their community.
Scenes from the film were also shot in Conley, also located outside of Atlanta, which served as a major destination for the girls and their pageant training (you’ll have to watch the film to find out why). The film also shot the entire pageant portion of the film at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Country Living reported.
And in case you think the scenery looks familiar it’s because these exact towns were also the backdrop for another film, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors. So go ahead and use this as your excuse to stay in this weekend. Why not make it a double feature with Coat of Many Colors, too?