How Connie Britton Fought to Make Her Characters Reflective of Real Women

It’s not a coincidence that Connie Britton is known for playing real-multifaceted-women (with great hair). This weekend at Vulture Festival, Britton told us she fought hard for her complex characters. And over the last decade she has consistently pushed back against writers, directors, and producers who gave her obvious plot lines and flat roles.

“I really really want [my characters] to be reflective of the women that I see in the world,” Britton said. “It certainly isn’t my experience that suddenly when you get into your 40s you are irrelevant and don’t have anything to offer. It is in fact just the opposite, and that is the story I want to tell.”

With Friday Night Lights, Britton made sure that Tami and Coach Taylor didn’t have any affairs – a dramatic trick TV writers love employing – and instead were real partners. She also fought for Tami’s career.

“I [was] kicking and screaming that this has got to be a strong woman,” Britton said. “It was [showrunner Jason Katims’] idea to have her become a counselor at the school because that would enable her to be involved in those parts of the stories but also it was a great opportunity for us to create all this conflict between Tami and Coach, which is also a very real thing, the wife getting a job…. and Pete Berg did not think it was a good idea. But Jason really fought for that, ….and I think it was such an important factor in who Tami became.”

While playing Rayna Jaymes on Nashville, Britton made sure the role wasn’t another watered down story of a has-been musician jealous of a young star. She also insisted on portraying Rayna as a woman struggling with balancing her career and family.

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How Connie Britton Fought to Make Her Characters Reflective of Real Women

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