After six seasons of music, love and heartbreak, “Nashville” is about to come to an end on W Network. But, before the series finale airs, ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante caught up with two of the series’ stars Charles Esten and Chris Carmack at the 2018 Calgary Stampede.
“It was a life-changing job for me,” Carmack says. “It gave me these incredible opportunities to play music – which has always been a passion of mine – and it gave me the opportunity to play the character of Will Lexington which is so rich with story.”
“Most people are just so happy there’s a character representing them,” he continues. “Will Lexington was a really fleshed out human being – he went through a lot of hardships. We really got to know him over the course of five years. It was not a story line we took lightly, it was something that we really wanted to get right.”
Esten agrees that “Nashville”‘s run has been a truly remarkable experience, thanks in part to the show’s incredibly devoted fans.
“It’s the people and it’s the music – and it’s the fans, honestly, we are so blown away by the love,” he says. “‘Nashville’ found it’s way deep into people’s hearts and lives. I think it’s the music. Most shows you can watch them, but with ‘Nashville’ you can take the music with you.”
“We’ve known for a long time because of social media, how many fans of ‘Nashville’ there are up here, in the North and it was really cool to see them show up and make a lot of noise for us, we appreciate it,” he adds.
With their time on the drama coming to an end, Carmack and Esten may have an idea about a spin-off with their characters Will and Deacon.
“I think at the end of the season, we started joking about the spinoff ‘Deacon’s Place’. It’s a sitcom, Deacon runs a bar, tries to say sober, Will’s just sits at the end of the bar all night,” Esten laughs.