“Heavy is the top that wears the crown.” That’s the form of dialogue audiences want to arrange for once they tune in to Monarch, the brand new musical drama premiering on FOX September 11th. Poised to be one in all greatest hits of the autumn, the present follows the journey of making a rustic music dynasty. With Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins portraying the heads of the fictional, famed Roman household, the present kicks off immediately with all of the thriller and scandal you possibly can deal with — after which piles on some extra! So what can followers count on from the debut season? We talked to star Kevin Cahoon to search out out!
Kevin performs Earl, the right-hand man, confidante, and stylist of Susan Sarandon’s’ character Dottie, the matriarch of the Roman household. His character is impressed by Earl Cox, a legendary make-up and hair stylist for nearly each iconic nation star you possibly can think about. What drew Kevin to the position was how intently Earl could be to the entire motion inside the household. “I knew that this character was going to know all of the secrets and techniques, know the place the our bodies have been buried. Know who was backstabbing, who,” he defined.
And backstabbing there’s a-plenty of, proper from the beginning. The present, which is a wild cross between Dynasty, Nashville, and Glee, follows the household of nation music legends by means of a bucket of scandals, all with Kevin’s character within the wings, so as to add some levity and a little bit of pizzazz to the combo by simply being himself. “He’s fantastically quippy in a Metal Magnolias form of manner,” Kevin provides, “however he’s additionally the gatekeeper. If you wish to get to Dottie, otherwise you wish to get to Nikki or Gigi, you undergo Earl.”
Nikki and Gigi are the Roman household daughters, performed by Anna Friel and Beth Ditto, who battle to search out their very own highlight within the nation music world after following within the footsteps of their dad and mom. Nevertheless, off the bat, Earl appears closest to matriarch Dottie, giving Kevin the chance work alongside Oscar-winner Sarandon, which was really a spotlight for him. “She is the best individual to speak to, to begin with,” Kevin explains, “so she will get you in, immediately. There isn’t any form of facade of legend about her. She is simply an knowledgeable at her craft.”
Paradoxically, working with Susan implies that Kevin can now depend himself fortunate sufficient to have labored with each of the celebrities of the beloved movie, Thelma and Louis. Simply previous to the pandemic, Kevin starred alongside Geena Davis within the hit Netflix present, Glow. “I don’t understand how the universe deliberate this,” he teased. “However I’ve now labored with Thelma and Louise. I’m hoping for my Brad Pitt cellphone name in a minute, however I’m not holding my breath.”
It won’t be such a far-fetched thought, provided that Monarch, earlier than even hitting the airwaves, has managed to wrangle some large names to visitor stars for the primary lineup of episodes. Anticipate to see people like Shania Twain, Little Massive City, and Martina McBride rub shoulders with the solid, and the door is large open for anybody else to affix in on the enjoyable. However Kevin has his coronary heart set on somebody very particular to pop in. “1,000% Dolly Parton,” he says with out lacking a beat, earlier than additionally name-dropping Reba McEntire and ok.d. lang.
And whereas some large names present up, some large names have lent their music to the present’s first season. Whereas nation music reigns supreme, count on to listen to some pop covers as effectively. Kevin teases that ‘Juice’ by Lizzo will present up in some unspecified time in the future (which you’ll watch above), and a canopy of ‘Watermelon Sugar’ by Harry Kinds. Similar to Glee, the present will bounce between covers of hit songs and authentic music. Kevin is especially pleased with the “incredible” authentic track, ‘American Cowgirl’ that Anna Friel sings, which is on Spotfiy now.
So what can Kevin tease in regards to the season to return? Not a lot, however that’s a part of the joys. Nonetheless, he makes it clear that there might be nothing however twists and turns each time followers tune in. “You already know, they are saying that nation music is three chords and the reality,” he says. “ With the Romans, it’s like 18 stanzas, 4 chords, 10 bridges and the reality… is a bit of murky.”
And his character, Earl? “ Earl needs to be everybody’s finest good friend. He needs to be on everybody’s facet,” Kevin teases. “So, if he has to work one individual, if he has to work one other individual, if he has to work just a few folks, he’ll do what he has to do to outlive.”
Catch the collection premiere of Monarch on Sunday, Sept. 11, earlier than it makes its time interval premiere Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)