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Why I Love ... Connie Britton

Recently I was hanging out on the Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Awards clip site when I came across one of my favorite scenes from "Friday Night Lights." In it, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) has enlisted his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), to throw a last-minute party for his entire team and their families, and not surprisingly, she's none too pleased. She's under a table, cleaning up someone's mess, when Coach asks her to come up and help him host. She tells him that her wifely duties are going to have to wait: When she's ready, she'll come up with a big smile on her face, but for now, she's going to stay under the table and be angry.

I love that scene because it shows off both sides of Tami Taylor: her charm and her toughness. That depth has made Tami one of the most believable, relatable women on TV today. In fact, the only reason that this post isn't called "Why I Love Tami Taylor" is that I believe Connie is Tami — and vice versa.

In the first season of "Friday Night Lights," Britton has been a revelation, delivering the kind of layered performance that makes me wonder why she hasn't already won every award in the business. But that's not the only reason I love her, so

With her husband, Britton's Tami is sexy, loving, and yet honest about what she needs; with daughter Julie, she's caring without being overbearing; and with the high school students she counsels, she's tough yet sympathetic to their troubles. She has done what few actresses ever can: created a character whom I feel like I know, and whom I'd love to have as a sister, crazy aunt or trusted friend. In fact, Britton's Tami is the kind of woman I hope to be someday.

Britton has gotten the most notice for her dramatic work on "Friday Night Lights," but she has powerful comedic chops as well, as evidenced by her years on "Spin City." And, in fact, one of my other favorite "Friday Night Lights" moments involves Britton's humor: In the "Mud Bowl" episode, she and Kyle Chandler filmed a scene in a cow-filled field. At one point, one of the cows approached Britton, and she laughed and backed away, improvising the rest of the lines — and that take made it into the final cut of the show.

It was endearing and remarkably genuine — and those are exactly the words I'd use to describe Britton herself.


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sweet_T23 sweet_T23 9 years
I totally agree Buzz! I love her character so much, and I love the depiction of her relationship with her husband. They are real--they disagree, but also respect the heck out of each other. And, she is so sexy! I think she is one of the best female characters on TV.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
I watched the entire first season online in about three days after a friend on LiveJournal piqued my interest and concluded very quickly that if you looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of Tami Taylor right next to it. :-)
nadioz nadioz 10 years
yeah i agree, she's really great. i just finished to watch the all season, and i didn't loved a show that much in a long time.
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 10 years
I agree with you - she is wonderful & so is FNL!!
paintgoo paintgoo 10 years
I just started watching Friday Night Lights and I just have to say it's a fantastic show. I hope everyone catches on soon!
nimue nimue 10 years
I really love FNL and the taylors relationship with each other, how they make their marriage work, makes it really interesting and intriguing to watch
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
I'm with you all the way, Buzz! Connie Britton is brilliant as Tami Taylor in what is my all time favorite show. Friday Night Lights is all the stronger because of her wit, her sense of timing, and her honest portrayal of a mother, wife, and school counselor who learns as much about herself as she does about those around her each and every episode. She's one of the best!
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