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Well, that’s certainly going to change things.
Nashville wrapped up the first half of its fifth season with an unexpected bombshell at the end of Thursday’s spring finale: Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is with child!
The singer-songwriter broke the baby news moments after reluctantly agreeing to go on tour with her on-again/off-again beau Gunnar (Sam Palladio), telling him that she’s going on the road with him, with one not-so-tiny caveat. “One thing you need to know… I’m pregnant,” Scarlett revealed to Gunnar (and the audience), who had a stunned expression on his face.
The kicker? She’s not sure who the father is: Gunnar or Damien (Christian Coulson), the Brit who directed The Exes’ music video and immediately took a liking to Scarlett. And so the long wait to the resolution of that cliffhanger begins!
Luckily, ET caught up with Bowen via email about what Scarlett’s impending motherhood means for her future — and whether it makes a difference who the father is.
ET: Scarlett’s pregnancy bombshell was quite a shock! What was your first reaction when you read that in the script?
Clare Bowen: In the words of Terry Pratchett: “Oh, drama.”
How do you think she’d handle motherhood?
Scarlett’s done a lot of growing up over the last couple of seasons. She’s developed a sense of self-preservation, as opposed to just trying to keep everyone else happy all the time. I think her having become protective of herself, her own wants and needs is a good start in self-love, just in time for this journey. Having said that, we all know she’s great at taking care of others, but having had an abusive, unwell mother herself, she has no training in “mothering.” Not to mention, she’s a 26 year old with a career, experiencing a surprise pregnancy just when she thought she was getting a foothold on life. But she’s resourceful and instinctive with the patience of a brick. So she’s just going to bloody well handle it.
While this normally would be happy news, it seems Scarlett is torn — especially when she admits she doesn’t know who the father is. How does Scarlett navigate this new uncharted territory?
“Normal” is a setting on a dryer. Scarlett has had fears that she might suddenly turn into her mother upon becoming one. She also entertains the fear that this is her punishment for doing something that actually felt good, instead of just submitting to Gunnar’s wishes. But in her heart of hearts, she knows that’s simply not true. She knows everything happens for a reason and chooses to keep her baby, because to her as an individual, no matter who this baby came from, he or she is a part of her, and that is enough for Scarlett.
How will the identity of the father change things for Scarlett? If it’s Gunnar’s baby, will she have a different reaction than if it was Damien’s? Is it important to her who it is?
Honestly she doesn’t want, or need, to know at this moment. She is the one carrying this child. She doesn’t want to hurt Gunnar, and thusly can’t fake having feelings for him right now. Also she has no idea what Damien’s reaction will be. At this point, it’s all about her baby. That’s just the way she is.
She’s also about to go on tour with Gunnar. Could this new baby thaw things between them?
I don’t have children but I’ve been told they’re not instruments to fixing broken relationships. Scarlett was incredibly honest with Gunnar, and well within her rights when she said she didn’t know what it would take for her to trust him again.
It was lovely seeing Rayna — via footage, interviews — throughout this episode, as everyone started to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. Were you satisfied with the way Rayna’s story closed with the recording of the unfinished duet?
Upon witnessing Deacon’s strength in singing with the love of his life one last time, knowing he’ll never hold her again, there came about a feeling of “He will survive this” for Scarlett. Her family is a patched-together thing. Deacon is not just her uncle — he’s her best friend in the whole world, and she’d do anything to protect him. Seeing him put one toe on the path to healing made her heart soar.
Lastly, what three words would you use to describe Nashville’s return?
Honesty, family, bravery.
Nashville returns this summer on CMT.
Bowen recalls classic TV comedy that was appointment viewing for future actress and her grandmother.
In five seasons on the musical drama Nashville, Australian-born singer-actress Clare Bowen has forged friendships with a cast and crew that have become like a second family. Bowen – who recently debuted the video for “Love Steps In,” a powerful tribute to her brother Timothy’s cancer battle – celebrates family and friendship of another kind with a joyous acoustic rendition of “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the theme song of the long-running hit NBC comedy The Golden Girls.
To celebrate The Golden Girls’ streaming debut on Hulu, Bowen, dressed in gold (with makeup to match) and accompanied by her fiancé Brandon Robert Young on acoustic guitar, offers a sweet, lively version of the song, which was penned by the late Andrew Gold, who scored a Top 30 pop hit with it in 1978. Seven years later, as performed by jingle singer Cindy Fee, the theme song opened the series that would span 180 episodes, winning 11 Emmy awards in its run from 1985 to 1992. All four stars of the show, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, earned Emmys for their roles. Bowen’s special memories of the series – and the song – are associated with one family member in particular.
“My Grandma Shirley and I used to rug up on the couch and watch together after dinner, laughing ourselves silly,” Bowen tells Rolling Stone Country. “The Golden Girls is such a special concept. These amazing women are telling stories about the life no one gets warned about – the life that happens after spouses and children and jobs and ‘ladylike’ has gone out the window. All I have to do is think about that iconic opening song, and I’m back on the couch with my beautiful grandmother.”
All seven seasons of The Golden Girls are available on Hulu beginning today. New episodes of Nashville air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on CMT, and are available on Hulu the following day.
On a segment of Wednesday morning’s (Dec. 7) Today show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb packed up their interview cards (and their wine glasses) and hightailed it down south to shadow our Nashville cast as they shot an episode for the upcoming fifth season.
The charming co-hosts started their day with another unstoppable duo, Lennon & Maisy, the real-life sisters who play Maddie and Daphne Conrad on the series.
The group met on the set of the Bluebird Café, where they convinced the sisters to play a little something in honor of the location. Lennon & Maisy threw it back to Nashville‘s first season by covering The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” a Conrad sisters classic.
Making their way around the gorgeous Nashville sets, Kathie Lee and Hoda met up with the show’s leading man Charles Esten, who plays Rayna Jaymes’ husband Deacon Claybourne. Dishing on his on-screen wife, Esten told the pair that he was a fan of Britton before he ever met her.
The Office vet also pointed out that while his character Deacon is fairly reserved, when you “put him behind a guitar he will tell you anything.”
The co-anchors then moved into Rayna’s living room for a sit-down with the other half of “Deyna,” Britton. Unlike many of her cast mates, singing was not at the top of the Friday Night Lights alum’s resume, but she loves a challenge. And I think we can all agree, she crushes it!
The hilarious duo ended their rounds on the set of Scarlett and Gunnar’s old house with Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, whose characters make up the band called The Exes on the show. The group talked strategy for the scene they were filming later that day, where the band would make an appearance on Today.
“By the 20th take, Scarlett won’t seem so weird,” Bowen jokingly promised.
Keep an eye out for Gifford and Kotb’s cameo on the new season of Nashville, which premieres on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT.
Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville) talks about why she cut her hair, and the enormous, positive response it received. Watch the first episode of Nashville when Scarlett O’Connor revealed her new look this Saturday, October 22nd beginning at 9|8c only on AXS TV!
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They’re Back! Skyville Hosts the Stars of Nashville
We’re livestreaming the concert tonight at 8/7C.
Rated Red’s Paxton Elrod sits down with the stars of Nashville—including Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmack—to talk about tonight’s special reunion at Skyville Live. “The Magic of Music City” should tide you over until the hit show’s fifth season debuts on CMT.
Jump to 0:28 for Clare:
• 2016: 06/09 CMT Awards – Red Carpet
• 2016: 06/09 CMT Awards – AP Interview
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• 2016: 06/09 CMT Awards – Tennessean Interview
Clare did the press circuit last week in Australia while promoting her tour and videos have been scattered and surfacing. A lot are difficult to watch because they are region based meaning unless you live in that country you are unable to see them. I posted one video like this last week and have come across another and thought I would share! Check out new Australian interviews of our favorite Pixie!
• 2016: 05/27 Ten Eye Witness News Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video (same as above)
• 2016: 05/27 Breakfast Show Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video
• 2016: 05/27 Mamma Mia Podcast Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video | Listen to Podcast