"The next episode is definitely looking up for Zoey ... but after that it's definitely going to stop going her way," the actress shares
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Every week, a member of the Nashville cast will blog about the latest episode of the ABC hit. This week, Chaley Rose (Zoey Dalton) writes about the third episode and how Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) is bound to break her character’s heart.

Zoey is madly in love with Gunnar (Sam Palladio). She wants to be that girl for him. She doesn’t want to replace Scarlett (Clare Bowen), but she wants to have what they had. She also wants what she wants and and that’s the dream of singing and making music and making money doing it. She’s not willing to let anything stand in her way.

The next episode is definitely looking up for Zoey, which is great, but after that it’s definitely going to stop going her way. She just sees the bond Scarlett and Gunnar will always have and senses it will always be a thing between them. It’s that songwriting chemistry they have, which kicked off their romance in the first place.

It’s so fun singing with the ZAG [Zoey, Avery, Gunner] Band because we do this upbeat Americana music. It’s fun to perform it live. We gel really well, ever since we recorded the first song “Ain’t Leavin Without Your Love.” The music can never go wrong on Nashville, especially if they stick with the formula of using beautiful songs from local writers in Nashville. That’s hard to mess up.

Jonathan Jackson (who plays Avery Barkley) and Hayden Panettiere (who plays Juliette Barnes) are the best actors on the show. The scenes between them are like watching real life, so it’s probably my favorite storyline. Zoey and Avery are best friends, even though we don’t always show it. They have worked together for months, so Zoey knows Avery is destroyed and heartbroken over Juliette.

So many people I know and on Twitter suggest that Zoey and Avery get together. It’s really weird and almost incestuous mixing things up too much!

It’s also fun to watch Hayden work, like with last night’s scene where she calls me out for messing her up. I actually didn’t do it with her! It’s been neat to see the special effects, especially knowing how she is pregnant in real life. You see how this fantasy is created for the audience, and how she looks not as far along as she really is. Working with Hayden is really exciting because it keeps me on my toes. When Juliette yells at you, it’s genuinely terrifying – even when you are acting.

When I watch myself on TV, it’s impossible not to say, ‘Is that really what my neck looks like?’ I’m not hard on myself – I brush those things off – but there are days when I’m pleased with myself and days when I think I have elf ears. I am lucky with the curls. They are an easy thing to maintain. Last season, they were curling every piece of hair and it took forever. Now it’s a little more natural.

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