The actor and singer dishes on his latest story arc on ABC's hit drama
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Every week, a member of the Nashville cast will blog about the latest episode of the ABC hit. This week, Will Chase – who plays Luke Wheeler – writes about being the other man in the complicated life of Rayna Jaymes.

It’s funny. Even with Deacon (Charles Esten) and all of his demons, fans demonize Luke, who has done absolutely nothing wrong. Like, I’m not a freakin’ mess! I’m not a bad guy!

Deacon keeps coming and will keep coming. I think Rayna (Connie Britton) might feel a little bit like she’s selling out. I like that it’s messy rather than it being a maniacal mustache-twirling thing. Even with Deacon’s faults, it doesn’t mean he can’t be good for Rayna. Fans are pretty outspoken with their love for that relationship.

I do like it when Luke gets mad. There are a couple of moments coming. Because it’s maddening, the Deacon thing is maddening to him. Fans are going to do what they are going to do. I don’t really care whether they like Luke or not. I can only play what I’m given!

We’ll have to wait to see how much Luke can take and how much Rayna can take.

I like the way they’re playing out the Will (Chris Carmack) story. Something socially apropos will happen for Will so he’s not stuck living this life alone. It’s been hard to watch but you realize that intolerance still exists hardcore. Chris is so lovely and so beautiful in those moments – to see that pain. Luke doesn’t know about his sexuality for the time being, but as much as he is a good ‘ol boy, he is also a man of the world. He’ll accept Will. Luke has a good moral compass.

Sara Evans and I do a duet version of her single released in September, “Put My Heart Down,” for the Oct. 29 episode. And on Oct. 28, I’m going to be making my real-life Grand Ole Opry debut with her.

We have a big Country Music Awards episode coming up on Nov. 12. It’s such a huge episode. The cast worked every single day, and long days. I don’t perform. I was happy to just sit in the fake CMA audience!

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