It’s been a tough rollercoaster life for Will Lexington on Nashville, from struggling to find his way to stardom to a fudged marriage to ultimately admitting he was gay to his friends and his fans.
Taking on the role and the responsibility of portraying the character’s sexuality, Chris Carmack found no emotion other than to be completely proud of the message he was helping send and create for fans that may have needed a role to look up to. Receiving positive responses from various people, through social media and in person, Carmack is honored that he’s been able to carry out the role in a respectful way that has touched so many lives.
“A lot of people have reached out on Twitter and told me how much the story meant to them. I’ve had people tell me that this storyline in Nashville has precipitated a conversation in their family in which their brother came out to their—I actually get emotional thinking about that—just the fact that the story we’re telling affects somebody’s life in that way and hopefully in good ways. Somebody came up to me at the mall the other day and said that his daughter was gay and that this storyline had meant so much to her and her community,” he told Sounds Like Nashville.
Although Carmack has a résumé filled with other important parts that he’s played throughout his time as an actor in Hollywood, it’s his work with Will Lexington that makes him strive toward being the best example on screen and in real life for the community his character is a part of.
“It’s very humbling to think that a story we tell, I mean really and truly for entertainment value, but there’s more than that. There’s more thought that goes into it than that. I take the role very seriously and I take the responsibility of the role very seriously because while it’s nighttime drama entertainment, it can affect people in a very potent way,” Carmack said.
Nashies can tune into the two-hour season premiere of Nashville on Thursday, January 5, at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.