But according to the cast, the break gave them time to hone their musical craft, as all of the actors play their own instruments and sing in the series. Keough and Claflin, who play the show’s main characters Daisy and Billy (who form a turbulent relationship despite Billy’s marriage), found it particularly needed, as neither of them had trained professionally before.
After attempting to sing Lady Gaga‘s “Shallow” at the suggestion of her vocal coach, Keough, who is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, recalled getting particularly emotional.
“I sounded so bad that I started crying,” she remembered. “I was like, ‘I can’t do it,’ and when I can’t do something it lights a fire in me to be able to do it. I was like, ‘I have to do it.’ I’m gonna go to this vocal coach, and he’s gonna teach me how to f–king belt, whatever I need to do to get this. It really became about pushing myself to do things I’ve never done before.”