LEN­NON & MAISY

Singing sis­ters Len­non, 17, and Maisy Stella, 13, share the small screen as the daugh­ters of the late Rayna Jaymes on CMT’s Nashville, which airs its sea­son fi­nale Aug. 10.

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali­son Abbey

What’s been the big­gest mo­ment for you this sea­son?

Maisy: Def­i­nitely our [TV] mother dy­ing—that was mas­sive. That’s such a hard thing to imag­ine your­self go­ing through in real life, to put your­self in the shoes of a young girl whose mother passes away. There’s no way to know what you would ac­tu­ally do in that sit­u­a­tion.

Len­non: The in­tense sto­ry­lines have been re­ally chal­leng­ing. They are so hard to play, but also so ex­cit­ing. I feel like the amount I’ve learned in this sea­son is just in­sane, act­ing-wise.

Maisy: It’s crazy be­cause we’ve gone from go­ing in the kitchen and get­ting a bowl of ce­real and go­ing to school to hav­ing su­per-in­tense, re­ally de­tailed sto­ry­lines. It’s fun to test your­self and chal­lenge your­self with that.

You both had mile­stones on and off the screen this year, with Maisy grad­u­at­ing from mid­dle school and Len­non grad­u­at­ing from high school.

Len­non: [The show] has been a big chunk of our grow­ing up, a big part of our life. It re­ally is a cool thing be­ing around the same peo­ple for so long. We have moved around so many times, our fam­ily is just a bunch of gyp­sies. The long­est we’d ever lived in a

house was a year—so it has been cool hav­ing this con­sis­tency ev­ery day.

What’s it like to grow up on cam­era and know so many peo­ple watch and love the show?

Len­non: It’s so crazy hav­ing peo­ple watch us grow up and love or hate our char­ac­ters. And when the show got can­celed [on ABC], it was an over­flow­ing amount of love from peo­ple. We had no idea that there was that much love for it.

What do you hope for your char­ac­ters?

Maisy: I hope that Mad­die and Daphne are singing to­gether and happy, be­cause I feel like they’ve gone through enough and they shouldn’t go through any­thing else.

Your fam­ily moved from Canada to Nashville so your par­ents could fur­ther their own mu­si­cal ca­reer as the Stel­las. How has liv­ing in

Nashville in­flu­enced the way you make mu­sic now?

Len­non: Nashville is so in­spir­ing be­cause ev­ery­one is mak­ing mu­sic, ev­ery­one is en­cour­ag­ing you to make mu­sic and ev­ery­one loves mu­sic so pas­sion­ately. Ev­ery­where you walk, you can hear mu­sic.

What were Sun­days like for you when you were younger?

Len­non: We grew up on a farm with no in­ter­net, no TV, no phone. The most peace­ful time of my life was our Sun­days in Canada just mak­ing mu­sic and be­ing out­side.

Maisy: We would go out to this huge field by our house and have pic­nics. Our aunt Tracy made the best shep­herd’s pie, so that was a fam­ily thing—we would all get to­gether and eat.

What are Sun­days like for you now?

Len­non: I like writ­ing ses­sions on Sun­days. We film dur­ing the week, so Sun­days are usu­ally days for [song]writ­ing.

Maisy: I like to go out and have fun with friends on week­ends.

Go to Pa­rade.com/stel­las for a gallery of the sis­ters’ most pop­u­lar In­sta­gram mo­ments.

Maisy (left) and Len­non with her dog, Ocean

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