Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen) seems to be cracking under the strain of her recently acquired fame on ABC’s “Nashville.” TV Guide shared an interview with the actress on Feb. 4 that looks at just how Scarlett is ‘coming to the end of her tether.’ Last week, Scarlett turned to pill-popping to keep up with the demands on her time.
"I think she's coming to the end of her tether, really," Bowen said "She didn't anticipate any of this at all. ... She didn't have any grand ideas of being a performer. She just created things. So the whole thing, it's a big rollercoaster for her."
Career aside, Scarlett’s personal life is in disarray as well. She rebounded from a marriage proposal from Gunnar (Sam Palladio) back to her first boyfriend, reformed bad boy Avery (Jonathan Jackson). That ended and Scarlett discovered that Gunnar had hooked up behind her back with her best friend, Zoe (Chaley Rose). Feeling betrayed Scarlett is alone in the world except for her Uncle Deacon.
"She's been treated like a doormat by so many people, and she has let it happen because she's respected them and loved them. ... I hope that she lets go of her need to please people," Bowen said. "That's something I've been through as well. Eventually, somebody breaks you and you're like, 'Oh ... OK.' And it's not a selfish thing. It's self-preservation, I think."
When asked if Scarlett committed career suicide by turning down the opportunity to write songs with Gunnar for Kelly Clarkson, Bowen says no. Not only no, she agrees with her character’s decision to not work with Gunnar.
On her friendship with Zoe and whether or not it’s salvageable, Bowen says the break up is not something she herself would have done to a friend.
"I don't know what happens with those two. She wishes she could go back and for it all to be ok, but it's not. It's very plain that it's not, and you can't force it to be. ... But at the same time, Scarlett is a very forgiving creature. Just at the moment, she doesn't want to talk to [Zoey]."
Avery is currently pursuing a relationship with Juliette (Hayden Panettiere). When asked if the romance between Scarlett and Avery is over, Bowen said it’s too soon to tell.
"You can't tell what's going to happen in life," she teases. "You've watched [Avery's] character develop into a much more level, stable, amicable person who's a bit happier for other people now. And that's the boy she fell in love with. ... It's just like, holy s---, there's this boy that I fell in love with years and years ago. You're back. Because he disappeared for a long time."
"It's a difficult thing. Scarlett moved her whole life for Avery. They met in college. She thought she was going to marry him. He was this amazing creative musician [and]beautiful person. When he got to Nashville ... it changed him. And Scarlett was desperately trying to hold on to this person that she loved so much. I think we've all been there, watching somebody change. It's hard."
Bowen thinks it would be a good idea for Scarlett to stay unattached for a bit. We don’t know if that’s what the show’s writers have in mind for her. Looks like we’ll have to tune in Wednesday, Feb. 5 to see the next episode, “Too Far Gone” on “Nashville.”
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