Chris Carmack Chooses Nashville Over Los Angeles
When Chris Carmack, who plays the handsome country singer Will Lexington on the hit TV drama Nashville, was cast for the show, he quickly realized that it was more practical to live in Music City than Los Angeles. But now, he has also realized that his heart belongs in the South.
"I’ve by and large transferred my personal life here to Nashville," Carmack tells The Boot. "I’ve been here for two and a half years now. I date in Nashville, and my family is actually closer to me now. My parents live in South Carolina. They’ve been up to visit more often."
Being in Nashville also allows Carmack more opportunities to socialize than he had on the West Coast.
"In many ways, I feel like I have a more active personal life here because Nashville’s a much more navigable city than Los Angeles," he concedes. "Try scheduling lunch with a friend in Los Angeles, and see how many times it gets rescheduled. I have wonderful friends in Los Angeles, and I miss them very much, but in so many ways, I have a greater personal life here."
The one downfall of Carmack's move to Music City, however, is that he often gets recognized around town, with tourists and locals alike often asking for an autograph.
"That doesn’t happen so much in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, I’m not a celebrity. Tom Cruise is a celebrity in Los Angeles. I’m just another actor on a TV show," Carmack says. "[Nashville] is becoming a bigger tourist city, daily, and that can sometimes be a struggle because they come here to see the sights, and as far as they’re concerned, I’m one of the sights."
Season 4 of Nashville will premiere on Sept. 23 at 10PM ET on ABC.