The stars of ABC’s “Nashville” were in Detroit on Sunday, May 1 for “Nashville in Concert” at The Fox Theatre. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett O’Connor, talked with Stephen Clark about how she is both the actor and the singer, and how Scarlett is apart of her.
Before she became Scarlett O’Connor in TV show Nashville, Aussie actress Clare Bowen had a decidely unglamorous job.
While working in Sydney’s Metro Theatre, Bowen, who now stars in the hit TV show, came close to giving up on her acting and singing dreams completely. “I’d been working four service jobs and auditioning during the day and I was so tired and worn down, and just heartbroken at everything,” she told AAP.
Bowen contemplated packing it all in to go work with horses in the countryside, but her brother, Tim, wasn’t so supportive of her plan to give up. Realising his sister was losing sight of her goals, he took action. On the back of a sandwich wrapper, he wrote a list of all the things she had hoped to achieve. Bowen framed the list and was pleasantly surprised when she looked at it recently.
“I have ticked off everything on that list except for writing a childrens’ book, so I’m eternally grateful to him for kicking my arse back into gear and making me believe in myself, and that’s how I got to Nashville,” she said.
Into the fourth season of the hit TV show, Bowen enjoys success as both an actress and a singer in the series. She’s just wrapped a north American tour with the show’s cast and will be coming back home to Australia for her first ever headline tour later this month.
The homecoming seems particularly poignant as Tim, who has written music used in the show, was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Bowen remains positive and has offered her help in an incredibly self-sacrificing way. “He’s on his last round of chemo and I’m going back there soon so they can run all my bloods to make sure that I’m a good match for stem cells and whatever they need,” she said. “I said I’d give him whatever they need if I can. I can’t wait to get back there and help him heal.”
The actress admits it can be hard being so far from home during a time like this but she’s been fully integrated into the Nashville community, that’s thriving thanks to the show’s popularity. Tourism has never been higher in the Tennessee capital. The shy actress has embraced it, moving from her farm on the outskirts of town to a recently purchased loft apartment in the heart of the city with her musician fiance, Brandon Robert Young.
“It’s really nice to be a part of something that has done a lot of good. Nashvillians are constantly telling us that the show has done a really good thing for the city so that’s the most important part, I couldn’t be a part of something that isn’t positive in that way,” she said. There’s a sense that for Bowen, being settled somewhere is particularly important.
At four-years-old, she was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer, end stage nephroblastoma, and had to undergo experimental treatment as her only hope of survival.
“I did some of my growing up in the city but it was highly unconventional mostly being in hospital,” she said. It was her own childhood experiences that prompted her to cut off her beautiful long blonde locks last year, surprising her fans when she revealed her new pixie haircut.
The move was Bowen’s attempt to shift the emphasis away from outer beauty and towards inner strength, something this actress has in spades. “You can be pretty, you can be Aphrodite, but if you’re mean on the inside then it doesn’t count for anything,” she said.
Clare Bowen Austrlaian tour dates:
May 24 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
May 25 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUT
May 26 – May Oxford Art Factory, Sydney SOLD OUT
May 27 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul SOLD OUT
May 28 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
May 30 – The Triffid, Brisbane SOLD OUT
May 31 – The Triffid, Brisbane
What a fun morning to get a phone call from the cast of ABC’s hit show Nashville, and it’s not just a couple of the stars … Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Aubrey Peeples (Layla) and Chris Carmack (Will)!
Listen below as they chat with Drew about the upcoming Rosemont Theatre show on the 30th, their overseas tour, their musical challenges on the show, Will’s bad jokes and much more.
The cast of Nashville Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peebles, and Chris Carmack did an interview with Good Morning Teras in Texas and it’s a lovely interview and thought I would share it. Enjoy!
Check out a short recent video of Clare on Before the Show: Madison Square Garden and screencaps below.
Clare did an interview with VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live a few months ago and I have finally gotten around to adding screencaps. If you missed the interview, watch it here.
In honor of it being Nashville premiere week, I will be adding a bunch of missing old photos/videos of Clare throughout the week along with any new Clare things that come up. So be sure to check back.
This is an interview Clare did earlier this year with Pop Sugar. It’s short. She discusses Nashville, working with Connie and Hayden, her upcoming album, and how Cate Blanchett was the person who told her to come to Los Angeles. Check it out below.
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As Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville, Clare Bowen portrays the quintessential country crooner with a heart of gold, but the reality of the actress and singer’s life may surprise you. The Australian native (yes, that’s right) has come to be known for her character’s folksy duets with costar Sam Palladio (who plays Gunnar Scott) like “When the Right One Comes Along.” Leading in to Wednesday’s finale, Bowen, 24, talks to PEOPLE about her accent, moving to the States, and what’s next for the just-signed Scarlett.
I have a friend who says “When the Right One Comes Along” is going to be her wedding song.
Oh my goodness – I’ve heard a few people say that and it is the most flattering thing!
This role seems tailor-made for you, aside for having to change your accent…
It was my favorite accent. I learned it from the films that my dad brought home from Los Angeles when I was a kid. I would watch The Sounds of the South and copy the way they sounded. When I read the script and I saw Callie [Khouri] and T-Bone [Burnett]’s names on it and that ABC was doing it – it was these three superpowers that have joined forces. I read the character and just asked, “Can I go in for her, please?” To be given Scarlett was the biggest privilege. It is a dream come true.
So you learned from watching movies?
I learn everything by ear. It’s something I’ve been able to do since I was a kid, coincidentally enough. It’s just so much fun. The Southern dialects are so beautiful and musical. They’re like the Irish – they lilt and there’s music right though the dialect. I think it’s inherent to the show. It is very fitting.
Clare and a few other celebrities have bared it all on the upcoming issue of Allure which hits newstands on April 22nd. Clare’s photo is quite beautiful and elegant and she reminds me of a serene mermaid. Check out a preview below and a larger version of the photo here or by clicking on the image below. I will add scans when the actual magazine comes out.
The Nashville actress’s rule of thumb: “If nudity is for a shock factor, it takes away from what makes it beautiful.”
How often are you naked?
“Sometimes I sleep naked. Everyone does sometimes, don’t they? I hope.”
What makes you most excited about seeing these pictures?
“My body isn’t going to look like this forever. I think it’s lovely to have that preservation.”
What does this shoot mean to you?
“I said they could photograph my scars. This isn’t a rite-of-passage thing or a risqué thing. It’s about body image and making other people feel good.”
Source: Allure Magazine