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'Nashville' stars Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio are fresh faces from outside US

October 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two of the stars of the TV drama series "Nashville" were cast to play country singers, and neither is from this country.

Clare Bowen made her way to "Nashville" via Australia, with her first stop in Los Angeles.

"I came over for pilot season from Australia and got this wonderful script and said, "Please, can I go in for Scarlett? I just love her," said Bowen.

Actor Sam Palladio started his audition process in England.

"My casting process was a crazy one of sending myself taped auditions from London from a little flat. I'd never been to the states. They liked what I did. I sent them some things of me playing and singing my guitar," said Palladio.

"Nashville" is shot on location in the country music capital.

"I think we're portraying it in a really good light, and I think you get the real dynamics of the heart and warmth of the people," said Palladio. "You couldn't capture that magic in L.A. on a sound stage. It really does need to be filmed there."

After last week's debut, their duet went to No. 5 on the iTunes country chart.


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