Category: Nashville

Fighting With Connie Britton Gets Easier

When we first met Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on Nashville, we weren’t so sold on her as a character or as a country star. But as the season has progressed and we’ve gotten to know the tiny blonde firecracker a little better, we’ve certainly fallen under her spell. One of the initial problems with Little J was that she supposedly couldn’t sing despite being able to sell out giant arenas.

Turns out, Hayden had a problem with that too. “That affected me more than I thought,” she tells Assignment X of her character’s supposed lack of talent. “I even talked to [the producers]  ‘I need this to be a character that they respect to a certain degree.’ I kind of think of the character of House. I know it seems like a very strange, far-fetched comparison, but he’s such an ass, but you respect him, because he’s so good at what he does.”

As for her rivalry with Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes, Hayden says that the daily catfight we see onscreen is only getting easier as the show goes on.

“It’s tough, because I respect her so much, but I feel like the more we get to know each other, the better we are at really sinking our teeth into it, because you don’t really know where to draw the boundaries with people sometimes.”

Before Nashville, Hayden had a bit of her own stint as a singer. “I recorded an album about five years ago, and I was in a period of time where I was changing all the time. I wanted to be a pop star one day, I wanted to be a rock star the other day.” It seems like she’s found a happy medium, singing and acting in cowboy boots and short dresses.

But it seems that even though she loves singing the gorgeous songs on the show, she might get a little more say in the future. “There might be collaboration,” she says of working with music director T-Bone Burnett on some tunes for the show, “but I don’t know if I’m gutsy enough to go there yet. Maybe soon.”

With her fascinating romantic history, we would love to hear a T-Swift-style account of her bumpy love life. How do you rhyme Milo Ventimiglia with Deacon Clayborne?

Hayden gets Golden Globe Nomination!

To celebrate Hayden’s Golden Globe nomination, we have added some photo from Esquire Magazines shoot by Ari Michelson here. The blonde bombshell is Esquire magazine’s latest covergirl – and readers are in for a treat when they feast their eyes on the January issue. Hayden, 23, pouts as she shows off her curves in a selection of skimpy pink and green swimsuits that leave little to the imagination.Hayden’s up against Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara in the Best Supporting Actress in a TV show category at the Golden Globes.After hearing the news, she took to Twitter to celebrate, telling fans: “I woke up to this news, cried and then made myself a grilled cheese. I am so honored!”Find out if Panettiere wins at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sun., Jan. 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST. NBC will broadcast the awards show, which is being held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Nashville Update

Hi Nashville fans, we have updated the gallery with over 500 photos from Nashville Season 1. This includes episode caps from 1-6, plus stills, promo shots and behind the scenes pics. Take a look here.

“Telescope” gets Radio Promotion (+ Behind the Scenes Pics)

We have found some more new behind the scsnes pics of Hayden filming her music video “Telescope” for ABC’s Nashville! Check them out here. You can watch the full video of Hayden singing below…. Hayden has partnered with Big Machine to release a new single, “Telescope,” to radio. It’s a blur these days, she says, but she’s enjoying every second of it. “It is so unbelievable and wild,” she said. “I have gotten in the car a few times, turned on the radio, and saw my name and ‘Telescope’ on the receiver. It’s just overwhelming that I think I just zone out. I become numb when I hear it.” In two weeks, “Telescope” has risen to No. 43 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.Panettiere says that she has been encouraged by the reception the series has received from Music City. “That’s the buzz that I have gotten, especially from being at the CMA’s this year, presenting and being around the other artists.” When people say that the music business is a family, she stresses it’s not an exaggeration. “It was the first time I had felt that family feeling, where I knew people, and had met them before. You realize that people don’t just know each other within the industry, but they spend time with each other. They write songs with each other, they produce each other. They know each other’s children and families. It’s a much closer environment than anything I’ve been around.” In addition to the single being promoted at radio, she has also released a video clip for “Telescope.” Though being in front of the cameras is nothing new for her, she enjoyed the video making experience. “I loved filming the video. It was fun, but also really interesting in that it was outside the show, but I was still really playing my character.” The reception that she and the “Nashville” crew have received from the area has been incredible, she tells Billboard. “I have never been made to feel more welcome in a place my whole life. It’s the epitome of southern hospitality, and comfort. People will come up and say ‘Hey, I’m so glad you’re here, and so thrilled and grateful that you guys are representing us.” Making sure that the city is shown correctly is something that everyone involved with the series takes very seriously. “I think people have a very specific opinion about the south, the people here, and country music… When you get down here and you see them, it’s not that stereotype at all.” She gives credit to several on the production staff – such as musical producer T-Bone Burnett, and series creator Callie Khouri for the authentic feel.Hayden has a true love for Country Music and is very excited to get out and meet radio programmers and fans. As soon as the shooting schedule for the show allows, she will be out.” “Nashville” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern / 9pm Central on ABC.

Nashville Cast Photo!

Nashville is an ABC country music-based soap opera. It stars country music singer, Rayna James (Connie Britton) who has been losing her popularity.To help Rayna, the label suggets Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) go on tour with her. The rest of the Nashville cast includes Powers Boothe, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Robert Wisdom.