Kellie Pickler adorably dishes on her “fun, free-spirited” alter ego

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Kellie Pickler may have found her claim to fame on “American Idol” as a country singer, but her adorable personality has allowed her to crossover into the field of acting, too.

The bubbly blonde-haired songstress has starred in many hit shows, including “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” and “Dancing with the Stars.” She’s also starred in her own reality show, CMT’s television series “I Love Kellie Pickler.”

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But this time, Kellie’s latest role is bringing smiles to the toddlers! The 30-year-old country darling recently played a purple-haired genie pirate named Zora in Nickelodeon’s animated children’s program, “Shimmer and Shine.”

“I loved being the voice for her,” Kellie tells PEOPLE. “She’s oh-so fearless and a bit of a spitfire.”

Kellie also adds that she has formed a close bond with her character, as they both share a lot of similar personality traits.

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“She’s a fun, free spirit, and I love that. We’re both always seeking the next crazy adventure,” says Kellie, “But she can be a little forgetful – a little absentminded at times – and we have that in common, too.”

Aside from her role, Kellie also sings two original songs as Zora. Kellie’s episode aired on March 3. To see a clip of Kellie’s character check out the video above!

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