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Kick Back With Connie

She has a new can't-miss TV show that is the best reason to sit back for an hour (ahh!)—and some sane advice on how to get more jolly with your holly.

Lizz Schumer

Connie Britton brings quiet strength to her characters and a lot of love to the table, onscreen and in real life—just don’t ask her to cook. “I am most definitely not the chef,” she says. “I am so not a chef that really nobody [in my family] wants me to do the turkey.” Her contribution? “You know, I’m very entertaining.”

Well, that’s the understatement of the century. Connie’s soul-deep characters have served as some of the chief entertainment for millions of families’ lazy weekends and snowy afternoons. If you haven’t seen them in a while, now’s the perfect time to re-binge-watch Friday Night Lights and Nashville. And later this month, we’ll be glued to our sectionals watching her next project, Dirty John. The television series is based on the popular podcast of the same name that detangles the web of lies con man John Meehan (played by Eric Bana) used to ensnare his wife, Debra Newell.

“It’s a very relevant story, particularly for women, in terms of the things we accept that maybe we shouldn’t,” Connie says. “It’s about women empowering themselves to know you don’t have to put up with something that is not healthy, even from someone who seems to be madly in love with you.”

For Connie, the impact Meehan and Newell’s relationship had on their family and their community seemed especially poignant. "I love the


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