Rayna Jaymes

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Rayna Jaymes
Rayna Jaymes.jpg
Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
Nashville character
Portrayed byConnie Britton
DurationOctober 10, 2012 –
First appearancePilot
Created byCallie Khouri
Profile
OccupationCountry music singer-songwriter
Label executive
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee
 
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Rayna Jaymes
Rayna Jaymes.jpg
Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes
Nashville character
Portrayed byConnie Britton
DurationOctober 10, 2012 –
First appearancePilot
Created byCallie Khouri
Profile
OccupationCountry music singer-songwriter
Label executive
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee

Rayna Jaymes (former name: Rayna Jaymes Conrad[1]) is a fictional character and one of the two leads in the ABC drama series Nashville. Rayna is portrayed by actress Connie Britton as of pilot episode, which aired on October 10, 2012. Britton received critical acclaim for her performance as Rayna.[2][3][4] She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.[5]

Casting and creation[edit]

Connie Britton was cast as Rayna Jaymes on March 6, 2012.[6][7] Rayna was characterized as “reigning queen of country”, a 40-year-old country music superstar singer whose star is beginning to fade. Callie Khouri says that she watching Friday Night Lights starring Britton as Tami Taylor and later creating Rayna and series for Britton to lead role.[8] Britton states that Jaymes is based on several country singers, including Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, and Bonnie Raitt.[9]

Storylines[edit]

Background[edit]

Rayna, a nine-time Grammy Award–winner and nine-time CMA Award–nominee, is the daughter of a late country singer and her husband, politician Lamar Wyatt (played by Powers Boothe). Early in her career she was dating songwriter and guitar player Deacon Claybourne, but he was an alcoholic. Soon after Rayna sent Deacon to rehab (which would be his last time), she married Teddy Conrad. The couple had two daughters, Maddie and Daphne. Teddy is not Maddie's biological father, and there are hints that it may be Deacon—which is revealed to be true later on in season one.

Season 1[edit]

After two decades of topping the charts, Rayna Jaymes’ career has begun to fall. Her latest album flopped so her record label suggested that she open for the young country pop star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Juliette hates Rayna because her mother Jolene (Sylvia Jefferies) was a fan of hers. When the president of their label, Marshall Evans suggest that Rayna should collaborate with Juliette at a party for Edgehill, they write a song together. After, their duet song, "Wrong Song" gets success the two go on to co-headlining a tour together. While Rayna is on tour Teddy visits her telling her that he wants a divorce.

When Marshall Evans threatens to release a Greatest Hits album, Rayna decides to work on a new album and work with a non-country producer, Liam McGuinness. Liam doesn't want to work with her at first but then decides to and later joins her band. When Rayna comes up with the idea to start her own label, Liam does something behind her back making her fire him and dissolve their partnership. The two later patch things up and continue to work on her album. While they are on a break from the tour, Liam asks Rayna to spend the weekend away with him in St. Lucia but when she is packing for the trip she realizes that it didn't feel right. She then goes to Deacon's telling him that she loves him and that has never been not true. The two end up spending the night together.[10]

The morning after Rayna tells Tandy that she and Deacon spent the night at together. Tandy says it was just one night, a fling and Rayna replies that it will never be one night or a fling with the two of them because how they have always had a relationship. Tandy mentions how it's always been all or nothing between them and ask her if that what she wants and is that what Deacon wants. Teddy is not excited when he finds out that Rayna and Deacon may now be a thing. He is against it because there is a chance of Deacon finding out that he is Maddie's biological father. Teddy tells her that they made an agreement when Maddie was born and she has to honor it. Rayna promises him that she would never want to hurt their relationship and plans on keeping it a secret.[11]After Maddie overhears her mother telling someone "I love you" on the phone she asks who she said that to. Rayna tells her that she said that to Deacon and that they are together now. Later on in the day when Rayna and Teddy are not home, Maddie goes snooping around her mother's closet and finds a box that contains a paternity test. Maddie talks to a friend over the phone and says that Teddy might not be her father. The next day Maddie goes to Deacon's and tells him that he might be her father which leaves Deacon shocked. Backstage at the CMA Awards, Deacon confronts Rayna about him possibly being Maddie's biological father. Rayna tells him the whole story on how she found out that she pregnant when he went to rehab that last time. She ended up talking about it with Teddy, they decided to get married and do a paternity test after, Coleman advises her to cut ties with Deacon because they wanted him to get better. Teddy and Rayna wanted what was best for Maddie. [12] Deacon storms off and goes to a bar and begins to drink again. On the night Juliette plays a show at the Bluebird Cafe, Rayna runs after a drunk Deacon who leaves the café when the two notice each other. Rayna tells him that he is not driving anywhere and makes him move over to the passenger's seat. On the way home the two argue which prevents Rayna from stopping at a stop sign. While swerving around the oncoming traffic, the car flips several times and lands in a ditch.

Season 2[edit]

Rayna is put in a medically induced coma and hanging on to life for two weeks following the wreck. Deacon believes he was the one driving and pleads guilty for driving under the influence. Rayna wakes up and is able to say that she was the one driving the car and Deacon is set free. There are several flashbacks showing Rayna and Deacon's life around the time she got pregnant with Maddie. During the flashbacks it's revealed that Deacon proposed to Rayna followed by Maddie's conception. The morning after Rayna realizes that Deacon had been drinking and he didn't know that he had proposed. She gives back the ring and leaves him, Rayna finds out that she's pregnant and goes to tell Deacon. She sees him drunk, tearing up his place, and Tandy suggests not telling him about the pregnancy.

Rayna struggles to get out of her contract with Edgehill and butts heads with the label's new CEO, Jeff Fordham because he steals Will Lexington from "Highway 65" and threatens to release a Rayna James album against her will. Her father was going to loan her money to get her out of it but Lamar was sent to prison before he had the chance to. She is eventually able to get out of her contract by using her mortgage. Tandy finds out that Lamar was involved with the car crash that killed their mother but can't say anything about it. Rayna eventually finds out. Soon after Lamar is released from prison he suffers fatal heart attack while visiting Teddy at his office.

During the season Rayna and Deacon are able to get back to good terms following the events of the wreck and him finding out that he is Maddie's biological father. Maddie and Deacon spend more time and he gives her music lessons much to Teddy's disliking. Also during the season, Rayna begins dating fellow country music singer, Luke Wheeler. When Maddie posts a video of herself singing, using Deacon's last name the media soon finds out the truth about her being his daughter. Rayna, Teddy and Deacon go on GMA to talk about the situation and Deacon says that Teddy did a great job raising Maddie.

After Rayna and Luke get done singing "Ball and Chain" at her show at LP Field, Luke proposes to her on stage and she accepts. Later that night Deacon vists her telling her not to marry Luke because he now knows how to love her. He also proposes to her.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Picture from Life's Other Side". Nashville. Season 1. Episode 20. May 15, 2013. ABC. Per the restraining order in the episode.
  2. ^ Tim Goodman (October 5, 2012). "Nashville: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  3. ^ Linda Stasi (October 9, 2012). "'Nashville' is a smash". New York Post. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Singing its praises: ABC's Nashville is fall's best newcomer". Uncle Barky. October 9, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  5. ^ "Golden Globe Nominations: 'Lincoln' Leads With 7, 'Game Change' Tops TV". The Hollywood Reporter. December 13, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 6, 2012). "Connie Britton To Star In ABC’s ‘Nashville’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  7. ^ Mandi Bierly (March 6, 2012). "Connie Britton cast in ABC drama pilot 'Nashville'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  8. ^ Willa Paskin (October 22, 2012). "“Nashville’s” Callie Khouri: “Watching two women go at it is boring”". Salon. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  9. ^ Mandell, Andrea (2012-10-10). "Britton and Panettiere go country for 'Nashville'". USA Today. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ http://tv.yahoo.com/news/nashville-recap-rayna-deacon-struggle-love-dante-proves-175000184.html
  11. ^ http://www.mjsbigblog.com/nashville-episode-19-recap-discussion-post.htm
  12. ^ "Deacon confronts Rayna - Nashville, 1x21 preview". ABC. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 

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