YourTango: How about her frenemy, Juliette?
Connie Britton: Rayna and Juliette haven't been together that much this season. And I love that dynamic. I think we'll get more of that as the season goes on. We've had some pretty big drama this season. But what I love is to be able to have those big moments and be able to ground it in something that feels real, and I feel like we're always moving in that direction. The truth of the matter is, Nashville is a very dramatic place. That is for real. So our goal is to be able to show those big dramatic moments as truly and realistically as we can. Sometimes with so many stories going on, it feels a little heightened but there are a lot of dramatic stories that happen in Nashville.
YourTango: Are you more comfortable singing now?
Connie Britton: Yes. Every time I'm about to go do a new song it feels like I'm about to climb a big mountain. But in the same way, it's really exhilarating. It has gotten easier and it's always rewarding. I feel so fortunate to be able to do the music on this show, because it's amazing and is such an important part of the show. It's one of my favorite parts of playing this role. Performing at amazing venues like the Opry or the Bridgestone, those are my favorite days. By then the song is already recorded. Who hasn't dreamed of being a rock star or a country music star? I still feel like the kid who got to get up on stage and do that.
YourTango: You have a movie coming up, This is Where I Leave You — details? And what about that rumored Brothers McMullen sequel?
Connie Britton: Eddie [Burns] has talked to me about that and I would love nothing more than to do that with him. If he did it without me, I would kill him! This is Where I Leave You is an amazing movie that I'm so proud to be a part of. It's a comedy-drama with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Kathryn Hahn, Jane Fonda. I'm playing opposite Adam Driver, Corey Stoll. Everybody in it is just extraordinary. I think people are gonna love the movie.
YourTango: Any chance of a Friday Night Lights reunion movie?
Connie Britton: I think we have put that to bed. Pete Berg has had the final word on that. I always defer to him; the only way that was gonna get made that would have been satisfying for everybody was if everyone was on board and Pete felt he had a script he could feel really proud of. That was the only way it would happen.
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