British actress Anna Friel is getting into the quintessentially American world of nation music in her new Fox present “Monarch.”
“I believe having a background in Irish people music helped lots,” Friel, 46, informed The Submit. “I’m from fairly a musical household. The larger problem was studying tips on how to change the sounds that got here out from Irish to nation sounds. Studying the accent helped lots with sounding genuine.”
Premiering Sunday, Sept 11 (8 p.m.), “Monarch” is a pulpy drama a few nation music dynasty household. When the story begins, matriarch and reigning nation music queen Dottie Roman (Susan Sarandon) is stepping again from the highlight, as rumors fly that she’s sick. Her husband Albie (Hint Adkins) can also be a beloved nation musician, and so is their oldest daughter Nicolette “Nicky” Roman, who Dottie has groomed to step up and take her place. However, issues grow to be sophisticated when the trade doesn’t appear to need to give Nicky the highlight, and Nicky’s sister, Gigi (Beth Ditto), expresses curiosity and expertise. Their brother, Luke (Joshua Sasse), runs the titular Monarch label on the company facet of their household empire— and can also be having an affair with Gigi’s spouse, Kayla (Meagan Holder).
Friel, who can also be recognized for “Pushing Daisies” “Land of the Misplaced,” “Limitless” and “The Girlfriend Expertise,” mentioned there have been a number of issues about Nicky’s life that she discovered relatable.
“I believe as a lady in her 40s, juggling attempting to be the perfect spouse, a great mom, residing as much as her mother and father’ expectations, and attempting to take care of her appears to be like and preserve her head above water when there’s a lot competitors. She’s a fighter. Each time she will get knocked down, she will get again up once more.”
She mentioned the sibling rivalry half was more difficult to understand, nevertheless.
“I solely have a brother in actual life, I don’t have a sister. I like to consider ladies united and serving to one another. Some storylines have been fairly tough, I didn’t fairly know what my take can be on a few of these choices. The massive arguments with the sisters have been enjoyable, as a result of it wasn’t what occurs in actual life. So, you’d end up going ‘I’m so sorry, I’ve received to be imply to you!’”
Even rising up in England, Friel mentioned that nation music has all the time been a part of her life.
“I believe it’s getting extra in style in England. My dad would all the time play Willie Nelson once we have been rising up. I listened to a number of Dolly [Parton] and Reba. Nation music is the sort of style that may make you cry, make you dance, make you smile. It embodies a lot emotion. I’m nonetheless rocking the nation tunes in my dwelling. It’s nice driving music. Each time I drive, I put that on.”
The singing that Friel does on the present is actually her voice, and she or he mentioned she leaned on her TV dad for recommendation.
“Susan [Sarandon] is simply magnificent, it’s all the time been a dream of mine to work along with her. And Hint [Adkins] is a superb actor. One of the best ways to be taught is to ask questions. We had so many individuals coming to the set, from Little Huge City to Martina McBride, and being with the fantastic Hint Adkins every single day, I discovered myself asking questions like, ‘Do you all the time really feel assured going onstage? Do you ever get nervous, does it rely on how huge your viewers is? If it’s a smaller viewers, would that unsettle you?’”
It additionally helped to remain in her Southern accent, she mentioned.
“On set for the primary three to 4 months, I stayed within the accent even within the make-up chair. The one time I’d use my British accent was after I went dwelling,” she mentioned. “I used to be honored to be given such an authentically American half, and I wished to try this justice.”