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Nashville: So Where Were They, Now?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The OC, Camp Nowhere, and More

Can you believe your favorite Nashville actors had other jobs and gigs before the show? I know, it’s wild to think they were ever anything but our favorite crooners on the TV screen. Allow me to blow your mind.

  1. Connie Britton in Friday Night Lights

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    Before she played Rayna Jaymes, she was, America’s favorite high-school football coach wife, Tami Taylor.

  2. Charles Esten in Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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    Before Deacon was a serious songwriter, he was that wacky guy killin’ it on the improv stage with the likes of Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Esten is a mind-blowing jack of all trades.

  3. Jonathan Jackson in Camp Nowhere

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    Bet you didn’t know Jackson (Nashville‘s Avery Barkley) started his acting career as a kid. Back in the ’90s, he was just a kid trying to find the nearest T-Bell, all while lying to his parents about a fake summer camp he created, in the kids cult-classic Camp Nowhere.

  4. Chris Carmack in The OC

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    Carmack played rich and super popular hunk Luke Ward. How endearing is Will Lexington as a silly teenager in this popular teen drama?

  5. Hayden Panettiere in Remember the Titans

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    Juliette Barnes and Rayna Jaymes have way more in common than you think. Before Panettiere took to the stage in Nashville, she was also in another iconic football favorite as the young Sheryl Yoast.

  6. Sam Palladio at Rose Bruford College

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    Before Sam played Gunnar Scott, he studied Actor Musicianship in Sidcup, Kent. And now, he’s not only in Nashville, but also AMC’s Humans. Busy guy!

  7. Clare Bowen in numerous operas and musicals

    Fun fact: Cate Blanchett nudged her to move out to Los Angeles after her performance as Wendla Bergman in the Australian production of Spring Awakening. Scarlett O’Connor sings like a songbird — makes sense!

  8. Maisy and Lennon Stella on YouTube

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    These two sisters started out on YouTube before heading straight to Nashville. Check out their amazing and beautiful covers of popular music like Coldplay, Major Lazer, Charlie XCX and more.

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Writer and producer for CMT.com. Lives in Los Angeles and once glued herself to the TV.