Susan Sarandon admits that that she knew nothing about country music before beginning work on Monarch, Fox’s upcoming sudser that the producers describe as “Empire meets Succession.”
Sarandon plays Dottie Cantrell Roman, the matriarch of the first family of country music. She’s married to Albie, who is played by Trace Adkins.
“I just go where the fun is, where I haven’t been before,” Sarandon told reporters Wednesday during Fox’s Television Critics Tour virtual panel. As for country music, “I never knew it. I smoked a joint with Willie Nelson. That’s as deep as I go.”
The actress is also cagey about how long she’ll stick around Monarch, which also stars Anna Friel as the heir to the country crown. At the risk of spoiling a major plot point, let’s just say Dottie’s character faces a few challenges.
“I’m leaving it open! I’m Jiminy Cricket, I’m gonna appear on everyone’s shoulder,” said Sarandon. ‘I’ll be around as long as they’ll have me. I entered on a handshake. The commitment word has been a problem for me. So I talk about fun and being in the moment.”
“Susan is a part of a show, she looms over everyone,” said EP Jon Feldman. “She will appear in multiple episodes and we have great stuff planned for her.”
Real-life country music stars like Shania Twain and Little Big Town will appear in the first season.
Monarch premieres September 11 on Fox.
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