Nashville Photo & Content Updates
I’ve added photos of Sam from the last episodes of Nashville as well as updated and re-organized the episode guide for your viewing pleasure. I am working on catching up on Sam’s recent appearances on the red carpet and in magazines as well as missing Nashville photos. I hope to be fully caught up by the end of the weekend.
Season Two Premiere & Content
Hey Sam fans!! First let me begin by saying, THANK GOD NASHVILLE IS BACK ON TV!!! If you are visiting this site, I have a feeling you may feel the same way. haha. Well I have added photos from last night’s amazing episode and have updated the episode guide. I will be working this week on cleaning up all of the Nashville content pages including: the episode guide, the lyrics archive, and Scarlett/Gunnar story. Check back soon for some new photos of Sam!
Videos: Nashville Bloopers and Extras!
2013 Self Rocks Summer Event
MR PORTER – One to Watch: Mr. Sam Palladio
Sam is featured in the July 9th issue of Mr Porter Catalog. Check out photos (very sexy photos!) and the interview below. Enjoy!
Mr Sam Palladio has just returned from performing at the annual Ford’s Theatre Gala in Washington DC – a trip that he recounts with a hint of disbelief. “We got to tour the White House the morning of the show. We met Michelle and Barack… uh, yeah.” He pauses, visibly taken aback. “I just met the President.” So it’s only just sinking in? “I guess it is. Thinking about it, it’s mind-blowing that in just eight months a TV show has given me the opportunity to do these things.”
The TV show in question is ABC’s hit series, Nashville, a drama set against the backdrop of the city’s world-famous music scene and starring Mses Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as rival country music superstars. One of the show’s more curious aspects is the on-screen pairing of Ms Clare Bowen and Mr Palladio, who play aspiring songwriting duo, Scarlett and Gunnar. Their characters are both from out of town: Scarlett from Natchez, Mississippi, and Gunnar from Austin, Texas. In reality, though, they’re both from a lot further away. The only two members of the cast to hail from outside the US, Ms Bowen is from the south coast of Australia while Mr Palladio is from Cornwall, England. So just how did a man from Penzance – England’s westernmost town, and the spiritual home of the comedy pirate accent – wind up in “Music City”, home of the long-running Grand Ole Opry country music concert, doing an impeccable impression of a Texan singer-songwriter?
“I’d been to drama school for three years, and accent work was something I’d always loved,” he explains. “One of my final projects at drama school was a Tennessee Williams play set in the south, so I spent a couple of months working on it then. So when this job came up, I could look back at my old notes from a couple of years back and remember how it should sound.” And did he have the chance to visit the city itself beforehand? “I actually booked the show in London off my audition tapes – I’d never been to America before,” he laughs, that bemused expression flashing across his face again, as if the implausibility of it all has only just occurred to him. “They took a big chance on me.”
We’re not so sure about that. He may lack his character Gunnar’s Texan drawl and “Aw, shucks” demeanour, but there’s something very apt about Mr Palladio’s casting as the talented singer-songwriter (and it’s not just a passing resemblance to a young Mr Bruce Springsteen). Brought up in a creative environment – his father was an artist and his mother ran a gallery – he picked up a guitar at an early age and spent his formative years being schooled in 1970s folk, citing Mr James Taylor as one of his heroes. He studied for an actor-musicianship degree at Rose Bruford College, a drama school in southeast London, alma mater to such names as Mr Gary Oldman. “It combined those two worlds really well,” says Mr Palladio of his course. “You bring live music into all the performances you do, so you might be rehearsing Shakespeare while scoring music to accompany it. I consider myself an actor first and foremost – that’s what I trained to do – but music has always been a real passion, and I’ve never quite been able to give one more weight than the other. I guess I’m an actor who sings and plays.”
Actor, musician, actor-musician – whatever Mr Palladio’s doing, it seems to be working. Nashville has been lauded by the critics, and a second series has been commissioned, while he’ll soon be appearing alongside Mr Justin Timberlake in the upcoming thriller Runner, Runner, in which he plays an online gambling hotshot from London. “It was nice to be back in an English accent,” he says of his time on set. But it’s just a hiatus – he’ll be returning to that familiar southern drawl for his most exciting project yet, the first collaboration between Disney and Lucasfilm since their 2012 merger. “It’s called Primrose, and it’s from the same studio and team that won the Oscar for Brave,” he says. “Of course, I was a massive Star Wars fan as a kid, so when I heard about the announcement of the new movies I set myself a seven-year goal, and told myself that I had to be in them. And hey! – now I’ve got a job with the same company.”
And, not for the first time during the course of this interview, Mr Palladio looks on with incredulity, in happy disbelief. Who can blame him? For a guy from Cornwall, he certainly seems to be living the American Dream.
Source: Mr. Porter
The Hollywood Reporter
Article: 10 British TV Actors Posing as Americans
Our very talented Sam was listed in an article by BBC America where they made a list of 10 great actors who portray American characters. Check out the list below:
1. Tom Weston-Jones
Tom Weston-Jones was born in England, raised in Dubai and plays an Irish-American cop in BBC AMERICA’s Copper as Detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran. Got that?
2. Hugh Dancy
In the prequel to Silence of the Lambs, English actor Hugh Dancy (Confessions of a Shopaholic) portrays criminal profiler Will Graham in Hannibal. He investigates gruesome cases, tracking down twisted killers, ironically with the help of Dr. Hannbial Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
3. Freddie Highmore
The little schoolboy from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland is all growned up. English actor Freddie Highmore has made his way to the states and is playing a young Norman Bates in Bates Motel, the story of what exactly happened between Norman and his mother (Vera Farmiga) prior to Psycho.
4. Charlie Hunnam
English actor Charlie Hunnam portrays hot headed Jax Teller, the president of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club in Sons of Anarchy which is based in the fictional town of Charming, California.
5. Laura Fraser
Scottish actress Laura Fraser steps into a world of meth and baddies in the fifth season of Breaking Bad. She plays an American Madrigal executive named Lydia who leads a double life with one foot in the drug world. (Fast forward to 2:52 to meet Lydia.)
6. Damian Lewis
English actor Damian Lewis won a Golden Globe this past year for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody in Homeland. He not only plays an American … but, an American war hero (sort of).
7. David Morrissey
The Governor, portrayed by English actor David Morrissey, will (spoiler alert) be returning for season four of The Walking Dead. Morrissey was originally signed up for just the one season. As well, the character was originally killed off in the comics. So, it’s a bit of a surprise for everyone involved.
8. Stephen Moyer
English actor Stephen Moyer portrays a vampire who is almost 200 years old in HBO’s True Blood. His accent is a little “old fashioned” at times, probably having been born in 1840, but if you weren’t told, you may not realize Bill Compton is being played by a British actor.
9. Matthew Rhys
Welsh actor Matthew Rhys pulls off a number of covers in FX’s spy drama The Americans, also starring Keri Russell. The two play deep-cover Russian spies in the U.S. during the 1980s.
10. Sam Palladio
Nashville‘s Gunnar Scott comes across as a good ‘ol country boy, but he’s actually played by English actor Sam Palladio. Native Australian Clare Bowen plays his Southern girlfriend Scarlett.
Source: BBC America
Runner, Runner Trailer Online!
Hey guys, I added the trailer for Runner, Runner which Sam will be in. Unfortunately he’s not in the trailer but I’m still excited to see it!
Gallery Update: Sam’s other projects added
I added a bunch of screencaps from Sam’s other television and movie projects. I do not have them all done, but I have added the film 7 Lives and his appearances on television shows: Walking and Talking and Episodes. I also added an episode of Nashville. Check out the full list below. Enjoy.
• 096 x Nashville: 1.07 – Lovesick Blues Screencaps – Thanks Victoria!
• 083 x 7 Lives: Screencaps
• 127 x Walking and Talking: 01×02 Screencaps
• 030 x Episodes: 02×01 Screencaps
• 033 x Episodes: 02×02 Screencaps
• 048 x Episodes: 02×04 Screencaps
• 041 x Episodes: 02×06 Screencaps
• 027 x Episodes: 02×09 Screencaps