Sorry, Nashies: You probably won’t catch Connie Britton jamming out to Honky Tonk anytime soon.
Despite her iconic role as country superstar Rayna Jaymes in the ABC–turned–CMT series Nashville, the 50-year-old actress says she’s not the biggest country music fan.
“I’ve actually never been a country girl at heart,” Britton told PEOPLE Now’s Jeremy Parsons. “I’m more a country girl now than I was because I’ve learned so much about the music and really learned to appreciate it.”
What genre does fill out her playlist? “There might be some rock ‘n’ roll in there too,” she said.
Britton began her 97-episode stint on Nashville in 2012, when she told Entertainment Weekly she was “terrified” about singing on the show that utilizes its casts’ real vocals.
The show ran four seasons on ABC before being canceled then revived by CMT last fall.
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While fans rejoiced in the redemption of the musical drama, the fifth season’s ninth episode dropped a massive bombshell when Rayna tragically (and unexpectedly!) died from complications after a car crash.
“It was really hard. That whole week, actually, was really hard,” she said. “I miss all those people that I used to work with who I love so much, and still get to talk to.”
Thank you Rayna Jaymes. For your magic and your dignity. And thank you to all the creators of Rayna Jaymes, for there were many. Callie Khouri, who gave her life. Deacon, Maddie, Daphne, who shaped her as her family. Teddy, Tandy, Lamar too. Juliette, Scarlett, Bucky and the ones who crafted her into a business woman. Along with countless other compatriots and combatants. And then of course the crew of “Nashville" who brought her to life, every crew member in every department who made Rayna live each week. And then there’s the music. T Bone, Buddy, Tim, Frankie and all the brilliant songwriters who gave Rayna a voice. There was no music, and no Rayna, without you. But finally and most importantly, the fans. You made Rayna. You supported her and loved her and gave her inspiration just as she was able to inspire you. You were the energy source, the power behind her heart and soul and life. Rayna lived for you. And, from the depths of my heart, I thank you, for her and for me. It has been an honor to be a part of that creation. And as I know she would want it, the show must, and will go on. Long live Rayna Jaymes. #RIPRayna #NashvilleCMT
“Let me just say there were a lot of reasons,” she told EW. “Some of them were personal and some were creative, and I’m probably not going to get much more detailed than that.”
Despite her “true confession” on the country music genre, Britton did say she would miss the original music from Nashville because “it was all about the music for Rayna.”