Connie Britton: “I Always Knew I Wanted A Child”

Nashville star Connie Britton looks great on the November 2012 cover of Redbook magazine. In an accompanying interview, the 45-year-old mama of Yoby opens up about how she wants to be part of an Ethiopian adoption community program, life as a single mother and on playing a range of different characters throughout her career.

On adoption: “Me and Angelina[Jolie] and Sandra Bullock and Mary-Louise Parker just get together every weekend, drink rosé, and talk about kids! No, that is not the case. Not that I wouldn’t love to get together with all of them and discuss their experiences. But there is a community of people who have adopted children from Ethiopia, and that’s something I want to be a part of for sure. To me it’s really important for my son to have a strong sense of that background.”

 On being a single mother: “I always knew I wanted a child, and I always assumed I’d be doing it with a man…Then my parents passed away within three years of each other. Right after that, a lightbulb went off in my head and I thought, ‘What am I waiting for?’ I wasn’t in a relationship at the time, but I thought, ‘This is something I want to do. I can do it.’”

On playing a range of characters—from Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights to Vivien on American Horror Story and now Rayna James on Nashville: “It’s important in whatever character I play that I show as many different levels of what it is to be a woman as I can. That includes being sexy! I want to get rid of the whole idea that women who are wives and mothers and working in the world no longer have any interest in their sexuality, because that’s not my experience. I love to play a woman who is making mistakes, because we all do. Making a mistake is a by-product of trying to be a better person.”

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