Among the amazing talent seen and heard in Nashville, Clare Bowens holds the most experience singing in front of a crowd. While she works alongside titans of the acting industry like Connie Britton, Bowen herself has been performing in opera music halls since she was just a child.
While Bowen had no problem with any vocal aspects of Scarlett O’Connor, she did need to make an adjustment with her Australian accent. Lucky for her, she had been preparing to become Scarlett for years having watched many American films set in the south that her father would bring home after flying all over the world. One in particular that inspired her character and accent was the popular ‘80s film Steel Magnolias.
“I watched that until the tape wore out. It was my favorite accent. So when I read this role of Scarlett thinking 'there’s no way I’m gonna get this because they don’t know who the hell I am,' I just went in and tried to be Scarlett with that accent,” said Bowen about crafting her accent for the role.
The classic southern film tells the story of a young beautician, M'Lynn Eatenton, who tries to start a new life by moving to a new town in Louisiana. Having idolized the movie for so long, it’s no wonder why Bowen became so passionate to play Scarlett, who herself is a new arrival to Nashville trying to start a new life in the country music scene.
Through Scarlett, Bowen was able to channel what she loved most about the southern films she watched as a child, while also crafting a very convincing southern accent for audiences.
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