Singer-Songwriter and Actress Ava Grace Dishes on Playing Monarch's Tatum
There truly isn't anything on TV quite like Fox's new series Monarch, and you only have to finish the first episode to see what we mean.
The show, following the drama around a multigenerational country music dynasty, is one of the juiciest series we've seen, and we know it'll only get wilder as we approach the conclusion of the first season. In the show, singer-songwriter and actress Ava Grace plays Tatum Grayson, the granddaughter to the stars who started it all—and that comes with as much baggage as you'd expect. The show is currently airing Tuesday nights on Fox, and we got the chance to chat with Ava all about the role and what it means to her to be part of the Monarch family.
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Sweety High: Between being an actress and singer, is there one particular role you love most? Why?
Ava Grace: Choosing between singing and acting is almost entirely impossible. Both are sources of expression and hold completely different values in my life. I learned to love acting and singing/writing through musical theater, so growing up with both combined, I really have a love for both.
SH: Can you tell us a little bit about Monarch? How would you describe your character, Tatum?
AG: Monarch is a multi-generational musical drama about America's first family of country music. They are considered country music royalty. I play the granddaughter of country music stars Dottie and Albie Roman (Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins) and the daughter of Nicky Roman (Anna Friel), the heir to the crown. The very foundation of this family's success is a lie. Throughout the show, you'll see drama, lies, and truths bubbling to the surface, putting in jeopardy the family's legacy. Tatum is a teenage girl who loves horses and would probably rather spend most of her time with horses over people. She's witty and a bit sarcastic at times. She has a big heart and cares immensely for her family.
SH: How similar are you to Tatum in real life? What would you say are your biggest similarities and differences?
AG: Tatum and I are similar in the way that we both have big extended families, always have someone to lean on, and both appreciate the atmosphere a family creates. The differences are obvious! I'm not from a famous family, and thankfully, my real family has a whole lot less drama going on behind the curtains!
SH: Are you a country music fan in real life? If so, who are some of your favorite artists?
AG: I am a huge music fan, including country music. Although I'll be honest—being on the show Monarch has made me an even bigger fan. Some of my favorites are Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson. My favorite song of all time is "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground"!
SH: What has been your most memorable moment from the set?
AG: I have so many good memories from the set of Monarch, but a favorite of mine is one of the scenes where the whole family was involved. Every time we all get together, we have such a good time. This particular scene, we all were dancing around, singing together and could not stop laughing.
SH: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
AG: The cast on Monarch is truly exceptional and it was an honor getting to work with them. I hope you'll watch the show and follow the Roman family throughout the season!
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