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Nashville’s Scarlett: 5 Things to Know About Clare Bowen

Breakout actress Clare Bowen is stealing the spotlight one hair-twirl at a time as Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville, and we're dying to know more about her! Check out our list of 5 fun facts about Clare, and spoiler alert: she loves adopting stray animals.

1. She Comes From the Land Down Undah
Clare might rock a southern drawl on Nashville, but this blonde bombshell is Australian bred and born! Clare went to school in Sydney and spent time on the coast of New South Wales, where she attended university from 2004-2007. We assume she has lots of kangaroo friends.

2. She's a Theater Nerd
Clare is a theater-trained actress and had a huge break when she was cast as Wendla Bergman in the Australian production of "Spring Awakening" at the Sydney Theatre Company — which was artistically overseen by Cate Blanchett! Basically, she's the Australian version of Lea Michele.

3. She's a Cancer Survivor
Clare was diagnosed with cancer as a young child, and had to go through chemotherapy while in school. Sadly, she lost her hair, which didn't exactly help her fit in. "A year before I started school I was diagnosed with cancer, when I first got there I’d been on chemotherapy for a while," Clare tells Two Flat Whites. "Didn’t have the whole hair thing happening so well," adding, "[Cancer] does change you. You learn about what is important and what you don't need to worry about." Clare battled the rare form of cancer until she was 7 years old. Nowadays, Clare is an Australian Cancer Council Youth Ambassador.

4. She's a Fan of Country Music
Clare didn't know much about country music before moving to Tennessee to star on Nashville. "I initially was attracted to folk," she tells Teen Vogue. "I really like bluegrass, and country is derived from folk music. Since being here, I've learned so much. There's so much music history in Nashville."

5. She Sings Operetta
Clare has been singing for as long as she can remember, but her voice couldn't be more different than her character's! "Being trained classically is a very strict way of performance, there's this method to it," Clare tells The View. "And what The Color Purple did for me, is when Tata Vega sang 'Miss Celie's Blues,' that sort of real beautiful bluesy, loose and fun — thats what showed me you don't have to sing like that all the time. It sort of really validated my strange little voice for me. "

Bonus: She Loves Adopting Stray Animals
OMG, so many baby wallabies, we can't even.

Source: Two Flat Whites, The View, Teen Vogue, Courier Mail

02.28.2013 / 08:32 AM EDT by Mehera Bonner
Related: Nashville, Scarlett O'Connor, Clare Bowen

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