21 Things You Didn’t Know About Nashville

Fun Facts and Secrets From the Set

The Nashville cast and crew have created more than 100 episodes, and with each new episode has come new memories they will cherish forever. As we prepare for the June 1 return of the show’s fifth season, we thought we’d fill you in on some of our favorite fun facts and set secrets from over the years.

1. Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor) first learned how to do a Southern accent by watching American movies her pilot father would bring back to her in Australia. Her favorites were Song of the South, Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes.

2. The building that houses the set for the concert stage/arena used to be a Dillard’s department store warehouse.

3. Charles Esten played an original song and a Blake Shelton song when he auditioned for the role of Deacon Claybourne. He then met Hayden Panettiere in the waiting room, who had been listening to his audition and cheered for him when he walked out. He joked to her then that he would see her on the set, and a few months later, that was true!

4. Actor Tilky Jones, who played Juliette’s husband (a notoriously brief marriage) in season 1, described Hayden Panettiere as a “prankster”. She also once hosted an episode of Punk’d, where she played pranks on Dianna Agron, Zac Efron and Snooki.

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