“He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy, and I’m kind of that way too,” Adkins tells FOX News. “He’s not very animated, and neither am I. We say what we’ve gotta say, and don’t have to yell it … just kind of move through this life as softly and peacefully as they’ll allow us to, but when they don’t – we’ll do what we’ve gotta do.”
The “Rough & Ready” singer isn’t a stranger to acting, with previous roles on television and in the recent movies “Old Henry,” “Apache Junction” and “Badland.”
When asked if he turned to fellow country stars who also have TV experience, like Tim McGraw and long-time friend Blake Shelton for advice, Adkins revealed that he decided to stick to his own guns.
“Blake’s thing is a completely different animal,” he said, referring to reality singing competition The Voice. “You can’t compare that stuff.”
Adkins said he hadn’t talked to McGraw, but shared his praises for the fellow country star turned actor. “Tim’s a good actor, I’ve always respected what he does. I’ve just kind of done my own thing, haven’t had to really lean on anybody too much for a lot of advice.”
Even though Adkins didn’t ask Shelton for acting advice, he did express interest in having him appear as a co-star on Monarch.
“I think we should bring Blake Shelton, let him play my stupid younger brother,” Adkins told Fox News Digital. “That’s kind of what he is anyway.”
Adkins has collaborated with Shelton several times, most recently on the track “If I Was a Woman” from Adkins’ 2021 album The Way I Wanna Go. Two years earlier, Shelton featured Adkins on the song “Hell Right” from his compilation album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The pair also joined forces in 2009 for the massive hit “Hillbilly Bone,” which won the ACM Vocal Event of the Year in 2010.
Ahead of the series premiere, Shelton took to Twitter to “prove” his friendship with Adkins. Along with three photos of Shelton trying to kiss Adkins on the cheek and a photo of Shelton in a deep embrace with Adkins, he tweeted: “So excited about @TraceAdkins and @MonarchOnFOX season premiere this Sunday that I had to prove that he and I truly are friends now that he’s actually going to be famous.”
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 7, 2022
Adkins’ character on Monarch helped create a country music empire with wife Dottie Cantrell Roman (played by Susan Sarandon) based on authenticity, but the foundation of the family’s success is on shaky ground with a secret. Their reign as country music’s first family is in danger, so daughter and heir to the throne Nicky Roman (played by Anna Friel) will not be stopped in her pursuit of protecting her family’s legacy and her own dreams of stardom. Her brother, Luke Roman (played by Joshua Sasse), is CEO of the family business Monarch Entertainment but can never seem to earn his father Albie’s approval, no matter how hard he tries. The youngest of the Roman children is Gigi Tucker-Roman, who has always been treated like an outcast in her own family, in spite of her enviable talent.
Monarch airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on FOX.