Just in time for the second season premiere of "Nashville" on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has released "Nashville: The Complete First Season," which includes all 21 episodes in a 5 disc-set.
"Nashville" is the story of Rayna James, the reigning Queen of Country, who is challenged by hot, young diva Juliette Barnest, who hopes to knock her off her throne. Adding more fuel to the fire is Rayna's rich, scheming father, whose political ambitions for Rayna's husband hide sinister ulterior motives.
"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Robert Ray Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle and Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt.
Examiner.com caught up with Bowen as she was about to begin the first season. Here is what she had to say about her exciting new role:
Can you describe your character?
I play Scarlett O’Connor. She’s from Mississippi. She’s a poet. She exists in this world of Mark Twain and T.S. Eliot and books and words and stories. She’s written poetry for a long time and never really told anyone about it too much. She moved to Nashville to be with her boyfriend Avery, who is a singer-songwriter who she loves very much. She’s working at the Bluebird Café as a waitress. She meets a kindred spirit in Gunnar who puts her words to music for her. She doesn’t really play an instrument. He kind of sets something in her free that she didn’t know was there. She’s at the beginning of a very long journey. I think it’s going to be interesting.
What do you most like about your character?
I love everything about her. She’s a delicate little creature but she’s really strong. She’s got a fantastic wardrobe. She wears frilly socks all the time. She’s just right up my alley.
Are you basing your character on anybody in real life?
No. She is an original creature.
You have said that when you read the script, you wanted the role of Scarlett. A lot of actresses would love to be Juliette because there’s that naughty side to her.
Juliette is a wonderful character. Hayden just wipes the floor with her. She’s amazing. Scarlett jumped right off the page at me. Something lovely that Callie Khouri said is probably one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever been gifted with. She said, as a writer, watching somebody that you’ve created come to life in front of you is a really lovely experience and you just did it and that wasn’t a test. I think I cried. There is a sweetness about her. There is an ethereal innocence. She’s very humble. You just don’t know what’s going to happen with her. She’s a real firecracker.
Were you interested in country music before you got the show?
I was. I love bluegrass and folk music. I’m still developing a knowledge of American country music. I have the most perfect people, R.J. Cutler, T-Bone Burnett, and Callie Khouri to help me along the way with culture and music here. I never dreamed that I would be in this position.
- "Nashville" Comes to Nashville -- Follow the cast as they take a tour of the soul of "Music City" by exploring the legends and historical locations that make the show truly authentic.
- On The Record: The "B" Side -- In an expansion of the popular On The Record series, fans will get the inside scoop into some of the stories told by the talented writers and musicians who create the music that is the heart of the show.
- The Stellas Go On "Tour" -- Get a closer look at the show through the eyes of "Nashville's" adorable and real-life sisters, Lennon Stella (Maddy) and Maisy Stella (Daphne).
- Deleted Scenes -- Experience even more compelling drama through these unseen moments from the hit series.
- Bloopers -- Laugh your heart out with never-before-seen outtakes from the set.