With her television series “Nashville” making its second season debut on September 25th, Connie Britton scored the cover spot of Ladies” Home Journal”s September 2013 issue.
While striking a few poses, the “Friday Night Lights” actress dished about the challenges of aging and adopting her son, Yoby.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Britton”s interview below. For more, be sure to visit Ladies” Home Journal!
On growing older:
“I think the 40s are a time when you can sit back into who you are and what you”ve learned. I”m able to challenge myself more because I have a stronger sense of who I am and what I can do. There”s a lot of rejection in this business. There”s a lot of focus on the way you look. For me it was never worth the sacrifice of my sanity to try and be the person I thought other people wanted me to be. Instead I tried to figure out early on what it is I have to offer. If somebody wanted that, then I reaped the rewards. If they didn”t, then I moved on.”
“I didn”t think I”d have a baby on my own. But there”s a lot that comes out of having a plan and then seeing that there”s another way you can go. If you hold hard and fast to the plan regardless of where you”re at, then you”re going against the flow of your life. My parents died within three years of each other and that”s when I thought, what am I waiting for”
On adopting from Ethiopia:
“I”ve traveled to Africa a lot. I was working on a documentary about Ethiopian orphans for years. And I”ve worked on behalf of the African Children”s Choir, which promotes education. These kids have nothing, but they get such joy from singing. So I saw a real need there.”
On singing in front of others:
“I”m a believer in pushing yourself outside your comfort zone — that”s what keeps us feeling alive. But I also believe that when you”re facing a fear, it”s helpful to create a safety net. For me that”s working with people who support me. I studied with a vocal coach and I spent a lot of time with the show”s former executive music producer, T Bone Burnett, talking about the character. It”s scary playing a woman who”s been performing for 20 years. But I wanted that challenge.”