Last year was tough for many of us, and a relative “Brittonlessness” on our TV and movie screens certainly didn’t help! We know a lot of you are wondering what Connie Britton is doing today following her Nashville departure, so we’re here to give you the latest on the actress.
However, we’re sad to tell you that she’s already left her star role in the new FOX procedural 9-1-1, produced by her old American Horror Story bosses, Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk. She previously only signed on for one season of the show, where she played dispatcher Abby Clark opposite fellow AHS alum Angela Bassett and Parenthood’s Peter Krause.
But don’t worry! We’ll get to see Connie on the small screen this year again. She is set to star in the first season of the Bravo series Dirty John. We’ll also catch the 51-year-old on Netflix in the dramedy film Land of Steady Habits. She’ll play a divorcee who bonds with the lead character, played by Ben Mendelsohn, as he navigates a midlife crisis. (Coincidentally, Ben starred on the Netflix drama Bloodline with Kyle Chandler, Connie’s TV husband in Friday Night Lights.)
Still, neither of those roles will have her belting out country hits like she did as Rayna James on Nashville, the drama series she left in 2017, shortly after it switched from ABC to CMT. (“It was something that had been percolating over time, and there were lots of different reasons behind it,” she said of her decision in a TVLine interview at the time.)
And we’ve seen this four-time Emmy nominee here and there since she sang her last note on Nashville. She recurred as Ally in the Showtime comedy SMILF, for example, and she played real-life Child Study Association director Josette Frank in the film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. (Josette most certainly did not approve of the Wonder Woman comic, FYI.)
When she’s not on set, Connie is serving as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, as she has since 2014, focusing on poverty and women’s empowerment. And when she’s not working, she’s raising her son Yoby, whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2011.
Yeah, Connie is a busy woman! Don’t worry, though: She’s still game for a Friday Night Lights reunion. “My feeling is, listen, if [Kyle] wants to do a reunion… I love Kyle, I love the show,” she told Today last June. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose?