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Who Are Lennon and Maisy Stella, the Girls Who Play Rayna’s Daughters on Nashville?

After watching the talent show scene in Nashville Season 1, Episode 3, you probably wondered, “Who the heck are those girls, and how do they have voices that sound like that?!”

Well, it turns out, Lennon and Maisy Stella (who play Maddie and Daphne, respectively), are sisters in real life as well as on the show! The girls, ages 13 and 8, shot to internet stardom when their a cappella cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” went viral back in May. To date, the video has been viewed over 9 million times, and their YouTube channel has garnered over 20 million as a whole.

Since then, the girls have been fielding calls from Amy Poehler and the band OK Go, hoping to set up collaborations. But perhaps the most career-making call was the one they received from ABC.

Though the original pilot of Nashville was filmed with daughters 6- and 8-year-old, the creators couldn’t pass up the opportunity when they heard little Maisy sing. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, producer R.J. Cutler recalls the chain of events. “When Maisy auditioned for us, we were completely blown away. Then she told us she had a 13-year-old sister named Lennon and that the two of them often sang together. So we asked them both to come in and audition.” Clearly, it was the right decision.

“We decided on the spot to change the roles to fit Maisy and Lennon's ages,” Cutler explains. “Listening to them sing literally brought tears to our eyes. We knew we had to cast them — and this was months before they posted that video on YouTube."

Needless to say, their talent speaks for itself!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

04.4.2013 / 07:47 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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