Connie Britton Won’t Back Down: Nashville Role Is Her Latest Tough Lady We Love

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Connie Britton

Oooh, we are so eager to see how Rayna James is going to put that little upstart Juliette Barnes in her place — eventually. That we are so eager to take sides after seeing just one episode of Nashville is mostly due to the talents of Connie Britton (with a little help from Hayden Panettiere’s unparalleled bitchface). This is going to be one good fight. Though it’s certainly not the toughest battle the 45-year-old actress has fought onscreen. What we would give to see her face down an entire town of small-minded football fans for the sake of the kids on Friday Night Lights one last time. Or to see her actually survive the torments of her haunted house on American Horror Story.

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Actually, some of us missed Connie’s other amazing roles, pre-Tami Taylor, and we are now kind of motivated to catch up on them. She’s had recurring roles on Ellen, Spin City, The West Wing and 24. And she first honed her suffering wife act in Ed Burns‘ breakout movie, The Brothers McMullen, back in 1995. One day, we hope, the world will stop putting terrible obstacles in the way of the women she plays, but until then, we’ll be rooting for her!

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