Benjamin VanHoose
June 08, 2017 12:53 PM


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.

The death scene, set in a hospital room as Britton’s TV family Charles Esten and real-life sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella sing to her, proved to be just as emotional off camera for the cast.

“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.”

Britton, known for her famously luxurious hair and her role as steadfast football coach’s wife Tami Taylor in the NBC series Friday Night Lights, asked producers to exit Nashville.

“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.”

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