On growing as an actress: “Friday Night Lights was such a perfect and complete experience, so after that, I did go through a little bit of a crisis. I thought, ‘What am I going to do now? How am I going to top that?’ And the answer was that whatever I did next, I wanted it to feel challenging, like I was stepping out of my comfort zone. American Horror Story, which I did in between FNL and Nashville, did that for me because it was such a different genre. When Nashville came along, I thought, I’m going to be stretching some new muscles; here we go. It’s scary to do that, and it’s been challenging and rewarding- that’s what happens when you take risks.”
On what she misses most about Austin: “Everything. I love Austin. I’m a huge Austin fan. I love that there’s music everywhere, and it’s so laid-back, nonchalant, and creative. It’s a great community. It feels very inclusive. The food is great… I could go on. [Laughs] I get back here whenever I can- [especially] for music festivals.”
On what’s next for her: “It takes 10 months out of the year to shoot Nashville, so I only have a couple of free months over the summer. I have been creating and producing a show [for Showtime Networks] that I’m hoping to do as my next project. I’m also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Since I majored in Chinese in college and studies in China for a while, people would say, ‘What are you doing with that? Are you going to be an ambassador?’ [Laughs] So in many ways, it’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to parlay the work I’m doing into something that can be useful on a larger scale.”
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