"I pick up other people's trash. I'm sort of obsessed," says Eric Close. "It's amazing to me how people throw stuff on the ground right next to a trash can. That drives me crazy. And I recycle as much as I can." That's also the case on the set of his ABC series "Nashville," where plastic and paper are recycled, including scripts and sides. He looks forward to the day when they'll be exclusively electronic. "We're getting there," says Close, who carpools to work and carpools his kids, 14 and 12, to school.
Close was thrilled when he was cast in the series as the husband of a country star (Connie Britton). "I love country music. I've always been a big fan of Nashville and I have friends that live there. I read the script and said, 'I want to be a part of this.' And there were a lot of great people involved. Connie was already attached. I thought she was amazing in 'Friday Night Lights.' And she's a babe, too."
The family man has several things in common with his character, Teddy. "He's a dad and he loves his kids. And he's not a quitter. He makes mistakes but he keeps trying to pick himself back up and trying to get it right. He's really focused on trying to win the mayor's office and keep his family intact." But that won't be easy. "There are definitely some big obstacles coming," Close confirms.
One thing viewers won't see in the musical drama is Close warbling any country tunes. Although he claims to be "an amazing singer in the shower and I'm even better I the car because the acoustics are incredible," that's as far as it goes. "If you put me on stage," he says, "you'd probably hear crickets."