Magazine article Variety

Connie Britton

Magazine article Variety

Connie Britton

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"I look back on those days so fondly because we really just did it for the fun of it."

These days, four-time Emmy nominee Connie Britton is singing her country heart out on "Nashville," which just wrapped its second season on ABC. But back in the early '90s - before she spun her comedic magic on "Spin City" or became half of one of TV's most beloved couples on "Friday Night Lights" - Britton was just another struggling actress in New York, when she happened to spot an ad in Backstage for what would become "The Brothers McMullen." debra birnbaum

How did the audition for "Brothers McMullen" go?

I was out of town visiting my sister that weekend, and really debated (going back in for the audition) because it meant I was going to have to get on an earlier train out of Washington, D.C., to get back. I showed up in some office building where Eddie Burns was holding auditions. I read two different roles; the one I ended up playing and the role of the woman who was having the affair with my character's husband. And then he cast me right then and there. I thought to myself: Boy this really isn't going to be a good movie, if he's casting me right then and there!

How did you feel about that time in your life?

I look back on those days so fondly because we really just did it for the fun of it. …

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