Australian actress Clare Bowen brings a perfect Southern twang and an almost sticky-sweetness to her character Scarlett on ABC’s new drama, Nashville, and we caught up with the 23-year-old to talk about playing a rising star with serious songwriting skills. Turns out, there are lot of similarities between her and her character’s vocal talents—as a classically-trained singer, she began penning her own tunes at just 9-years-old—as well as their wardrobes. “One of my creative writing teachers said to me, just stick to what you know,” Bowen said of how she picked her Nashville costumes. “I want Scarlett to evolve, but I thought I’ll start out wearing what I know.” That includes cowboy boots, vintage-inspired dresses and mixing her own jewelry with pieces from the show. Having that kind of creative input is a privilege she doesn’t take for granted. “These people have cast us and they trust us. They know that we love our characters and we’ll take good care of them,” Bowen said. “It’s kind of like a little plant.” We can’t wait to see Scarlett grow! Tune in for an new episode of Nashville tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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— Angela Salazar