Clare Bowen

Clare Bowen



Birth Name

Clare Maree Bowen


  • Clare Bowen on Nashville Season 1.
  • Clare Bowen on Nashville Season 1.
  • Clare Bowen on Nashville.
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    • Clare: (on her writing process and how it compares to that of her fictional character in Nashville) It's very much like that. It starts with an idea. That's all you need. Whichever one gels with the person that you're writing with, you go from there and anything can happen.

    • Clare: (on writing her own album) Yes, I'm writing at the moment. I've got to find spaces in between when there aren't cameras on me. It's a nice problem to have.

    • Clare: (on her audition for Nashville) I was two hours late to that audition. It was raining, so I also looked like a drowned rat. I sang an Australian folk song, and I guess I did okay because they called me to meet Callie and R.J. Cutler the next day. I had to learn "In the Arms of an Angel" really fast and then I sang it for them, and that was it.

    • Clare: (on singing country for the TV series Nashville) I'd sung a little bit of it before. Actually, when I was 9 years old, my singing teacher told me, "You know, you have a little country lilt to your voice." It's something I'd always remembered. I liked country music always, but I never imagined I'd end up here. Singing on Nashville has really helped me find my own sound and really validate it because I've always had kind of a strange sort of sound.

    • Clare: (on meeting her Nashville co-star, Connie Britton, for the first time) That scene in the pilot when Scarlett meets Rayna for the first time, that's pretty much me when I met Connie. She was amazing in Friday Night Lights, and I'm just rewatching American Horror Story now because I loved it so much. She told me that's when she adopted her son, Eyob. "Yeah, I did it when I was in murder house".

    • Clare: My job is basically to make people happy.

    • Clare: (on working with Cate Blanchett in Spring Awakening) She is phenomenal. She's the one who told me to go to L.A. And it worked. I was very lucky to be able to work with her. It was scary but pretty cool.

    • Clare: It never really stops though, when you love something, you are tethered. You just can't let it go.

    • Clare: I've just sort of let go and quite fond of the phrase, 'Anything's possible,' because it is and it has been.

    • Clare: (on finding she got the role in Nashville) I was minding my friend's two little dogs in a beautiful place in Studio City and they have absolutely no mobile reception in their house except in this one spot, on a table, in a little corner of the house. So, I left my phone there so that I could get the call if it came through. I was sitting on the floor with my phone plugged in, trying to get aerial, with two dogs trying to lick my face, with a terrible headache, and my agents rang and they told me I was moving to Nashville… If somebody had of taken a photograph, it would have been really funny, but here was no one else there. It was just me and these two little rescued dogs.

    • Clare: I was only teased as much as everyone else was, and generally fitted right in, even if they did think I was a boy – boys played simple but wonderful games like Ninja Turtles and Handball, so I stuck with them. Girls tended to group together, whisper and giggle a lot. Myself and the rest of the boys decided that they were far too confusing to be bothered with.

    • Clare: A year before I started school I was diagnosed with cancer, when I first got there I'd been on chemotherapy for a while… didn't have the whole hair thing happening so well. I was approached on my first day by a bright little spark who eyed my cow-lick and informed me that I was wearing the wrong uniform, as boys didn't wear dresses. I helpfully informed him that 'actually, my mum's got a book on the coffee table at home with black and white pictures of lots of boys wearing dresses.' It got around. Mum never wanted to be on the parent teacher committee anyway.

    • Clare: I've never been anywhere like Bluebird. It's got so much lovely history… The energy in there is something really special.

    • Clare: Country music fans are the best fans.

    • Clare: (on her Nashville character, Scarlett) I asked to come in for Scarlett just because I loved her so much. I thought she was a really beautiful creature.

    • Clare: (on her Nashville character, Scarlett) Scarlett exists in a world of T. S. Eliot and Mark Twain—she loves literature." – On her character, Scarlett

    • Clare: Music's always been a big part of my life, but it kind of all happened in one big ball of storytelling rather than splitting acting and singing apart.

    • Clare: I was classically trained in operetta from about age 4, I think.

    • Clare: My family was very encouraging, and both of my grandparents were both beautiful singers. My grandmother was a coloratura soprano, and my grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet.

    • Clare: My parents listened to music in our house all the time when we were growing up. It was everything from Dolly Parton to Paul Simon... We packed in everything.

    • Clare: I always loved bluegrass, but there was so much I didn't know about American country music in respect to the origins of this country. It was interesting to see the evolution of it.

    • Clare: When people are grieving, it's kind of like a storm, and you need something to grab onto, but often you have to brave it on your own.