Claim to fame Star of FX's American Crime Story (premieres Feb. 2) and ABC's Nashville (returns March 16)
Base Los Angeles and Nashville
Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning?
Connie Britton: It's usually whatever my son tells me about his dream the night before. I'm only kind of kidding. [Laughs] I've never been one of those people who turns on the TV in the morning, but I do have a bad habit of looking at my phone first thing before I get my son up. So any information I get is what's on my phone, which could be a link that somebody sent me, a Google alert, or Twitter or Instagram.
Who do you follow on social media?
On Instagram, I really like Juliette Lewis. If you don't follow her, then go ahead and do yourself a favor and do it because she is just hilarious and also a badass. Also, I'm very good friends with Laura Benanti, who is an amazing actress, and she's great on Twitter. I don't know if you saw the feminism video we did [in which Britton reveals that the secret to her famous hair is, in fact, feminism], but that was her brainchild.
Speaking of, is it weird for you that the Internet is totally obsessed with your hair? There's even a Tumblr dedicated to it.
No way! Are you kidding? I can only just be appreciative—well, a little mystified, but also appreciative! Of course, I just look at everybody and say, "No, your hair is beautiful!" And I really mean it! So I guess I don't necessarily get it, but I do appreciate it so much.
Do you listen to any podcasts?
I love Chris Hardwick, so I go there whenever I can. I actually just did a new NPR podcast that's coming out soon where people read from The New York Times series Modern Love.
What's on your reading list?
I feel like everybody I know has written a book, so now I have a reading list a mile long. Right at the top of the list is Gloria Steinem's memoir, which I actually gave as Christmas gifts. Also, [musician/actress] Carrie Brownstein has written a book, which I'm dying to read. And I'm a huge Ann Patchett fan, so I'm in the middle of Bel Canto.
What TV shows do you watch?
I don't have shows that I keep up with as much as I have shows that I want to keep up with. Like, I really need to watch Transparent. I've still never seen Breaking Bad! And, of course, Making a Murderer, although I'm kind of afraid to watch that because I think it might make me so enraged that I won't be able to handle it.
The real-live version of your American Crime Story character, Faye Resnick, occasionally pops up on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Are you a fan of the franchise?
I have to admit, I was kind of into the Real Housewives of New York. It just thrilled me to no end. Whenever I'd get sick, that would be my go-to. But I did watch Faye on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which was fantastic. I adore Andy Cohen, and of course he was way into it, so he helped me out.
Are you a fan of crime shows?
Not particularly, although I certainly know people who live for it. What I love about [American Crime Story] is that, first of all, it's Ryan Murphy, who I adore, and I knew he was going to put a twist on what we know as crime TV and make it something fresh. I haven't even seen the actual show yet, but just from shooting it, I know that he was able to do that. It's not your typical crime show.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.