(EW) — On more than one occasion, Tami and Eric Taylor have been praised as an incredibly honest portrayal of marriage on television. And for the actors, that relationship started with the passion they felt for the project they’d just been handed when they walked onto the set of Friday Night Lights. As Connie Britton explains during episode two of EW’s Binge podcast, “There was so much passion about these characters that we were playing and this world that we were creating. We felt very strongly about the things that we felt strongly about.” And that includes infidelity. From the very beginning, Britton and Chandler discussed how they wanted to play this small-town marriage, and one of their biggest decisions was about being faithful. “We were like, ‘We’re never letting the writers have us have an affair. If they try to do it, we’re not going to do it.’ And we told them so,” Britton says, recognizing it can be difficult for writers to craft a marriage without any major conflict. “What we thought would be really interesting and what we thought this would be the perfect format for on the show was to actually show what most couples go through which is just trying to be partners to each other and get through the day,” Britton continues. “They need each other and they also like really love each other.” At the end of the day, Britton says it was about creating a partnership. “This is a show about very simple people trying to get through their life in a way that feels valuable and meaningful. So we decided these two people were going to be partners to each other in that.”
I’ve been to plenty of weddings in my day and I’ve never been anywhere near as emotional as I am right this second. I’m staring true love in the face and choking back tears like no one in history has. You want to know what real, true love is? Look no further than this fictional couple.
I’ve often and extensively said that Coach and Tami are the greatest couple in television’s long history. They’re equal partners who constantly sacrifice, no matter how many problems they face, in order to make sure that the other is happy. But this revelation? That the actors cared so deeply about their roles that they flatout refused to let the writers even entertain the idea of an affair? Well that just makes my heart skip a beat.
What Connie Britton is saying here is that she and Kyle Chandle fake-loved each other so much that they wouldn’t allow the other to have a fake-affair. They were too devoted to one another. Hell, I bet Coach Taylor didn’t even watch porn or jerkoff at all because he was too in love with Tami. That’s how perfect a couple they are, they’d walk off the show before Tami slept with a fucking guidance counselor and strained the relationship anymore than regular life does. I say again, best relationship ever. Authentic, raw, real, and totally fake. Just beautiful.
PS – I wish more actors told the writers not to try any dumb shit. Rupert Friend should’ve burned down the Homeland writers room when they said they were thinking of taking Quinn in a wildly different direction.