Television Q&A

‘Nashville’ duo are real-life sisters


Akron Beacon Journal

Q: On Nashville, the two girls playing Rayna’s daughters look familiar. Did they appear on America’s Got Talent?

A: Maddie and Daphne Conrad are played by real-life sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, ages 14 and 10. According to the Tennessean newspaper, their mother wanted to raise the girls’ profile before Nashville premiered, and so made a video of them performing Call Your Girifriend that went viral, attracting more than 22 million online views. America’s Got Talent used a clip from it, but has not had them singing onstage.

Q: About a year after 9/11, I saw a documentary called In God’s Name on CBS by two brothers who were in the World Trade Center when it was hit. Can purchase it?

A: Jules and Gedeon Naudet’s film has been released on DVD, and is available from online retailers. While working on a documentary about a New York City firefighter, they captured the only known footage of the first aircraft hitting the World Trade Center. Jules entered the center with firefighters and remained through early rescue attempts. That footage yielded another documentary, 9/11, which has also been released on DVD.

Q: Is Rectify going to be continued on Sundance?

A: It is. Look for new episodes this summer.

Q: Where might I have seen Pruitt Taylor Vince? He was splendid in The Legend of 1900.

A: He has had recurring roles on The Mentalist, Deadwood and True Blood as well as guest spots on The Walking Dead, Justified and other series.

Q: The actor on Chicago P.D. with the scruffy beard looks like a double for Chris Meloni of Law & Order: SVU. Are they related?

A: The only connection between Meloni and Elias Koteas, who plays detective Alvin Olinsky on the NBC drama, is through TV bloodlines. Chicago P.D. is produced by Dick Wolf, maestro of the many Law & Order series.

Q: Do you know if a DVD is available of Bridget Goes Hawaiian?

A: I am guessing you mean Gidget Goes Hawaiian, starring Deborah Walley. It’s on DVD both as a single disc and in the inaccurately titled Complete Gidget Collection along with Gidget (starring Sandra Dee) and Gidget Goes to Rome (starring Cindy Carol).

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