Category: Interview

Press: Nashville star Clare Bowen returns to the South Coast ahead of sold-out tour

Press: Nashville star Clare Bowen returns to the South Coast ahead of sold-out tour

00001 South Coast musician and actress Clare Bowen is one-part international television celebrity and one-part horse-loving country girl discovering the meaning of life in her early 30s.

Bowen has lived the life of the struggling actress.

From her days studying at the University of Wollongong and living in Minnamurra to working four service night jobs, she remembers the days of when she would decide whether to buy ‘a new book on acting or dinner’. Wind forward to 2016 and the 32 year-old is preparing to perform a sold-out Australian tour on the back of her role as Scarlett O’Connor in the hit television show Nashville.

After that, she’ll play a sold-out tour through the UK. “Home for me has never been a place, it’s the people, but this and Nashville are my homes,” she said.

“I met the man I’m going to marry in Nashville and my family is here, and it’s nice we’re all here together at the moment.” The girl who once sat up the back of lecture theatres and eventually lost her passion for singing has found self-discovery and success in equal parts.

The dream, breakout role
Nashville is an American musical drama series that premiered in 2012 and ran for four seasons. Last week, American television network ABC announced it would stop producing the series. However the four-year ride has given Bowen an international profile, priceless publicity, a reinvigorated music career and a fiance.

“I fell in love with [the character] Scarlett O’Connor — she wrote things down and never showed anybody and that’s what I’ve been doing since I was nine years old,” she said. “I’m buggered if I know why they cast me, and at the audition I thought there’s no way I’m going to get this, so the most I can hope for is going in and having fun and give it my all.” She went in and sang an Australian folk song she cannot remember the name of, but it worked.

She was called the following day and offered the role. “It was nuts — they told me I was moving to Nashville and I didn’t know where it was. “I knew it was a wonderful place but I didn’t know where it was.” The show has since been screened in over 70 countries.

Making a home in Nashville
Bowen met her partner Brandon Robert Young while performing to 17,000 people at a concert. “We were like ‘hi, this is really intimate’, and then I fell in love with him writing a song,” she said. The pair are now engaged, Bowen sold a small farm she had bought in Nashville and they have bought a house together in the world’s country music capital. It is all part of everything falling into place for the girl from the New South Wales South Coast who said she had an unconventional upbringing either in hospitals [she had a form of liver cancer as a child] or national parks.

“Now I realise that everything I ever wanted to do revolved around making people’s lives better,” she said. “It’s about love and kindness and making the most of it while you’re still here, because from a young age, I knew that could be taken away pretty quickly.”

Clare Bowen spoke to ABC Illawarra Mornings presenter Nick Rheinberger.


Video/Press: Clare Bowen talks about singing, acting in “Nashville”

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.

Press: How Nashville star Bowen beat the odds

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

Audio: The Cast Of Nashville Calls Drew!

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.


Source and big thanks to Melanie Lawson for getting the video online for us 🙂

Video: Good Morning Texas (Interview & Segment)

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!

Videos/Photos: Before the Show @ Madison Square Garden

Videos/Photos: Before the Show @ Madison Square Garden

Check out a short recent video of Clare on Before the Show: Madison Square Garden and screencaps below.

2015 – 08/12: Madison Square Garden – Before The Show

Photos: 2014 VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live

Photos: 2014 VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live

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.

VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live

Photos/Video: Popsugar Interview

Photos/Video: Popsugar Interview

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.

• 140 x 2014 Pop Sugar Interview.

Article – Clare interviewed about Nashville Finale..

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.


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