Cathy Baron On Auditioning Five Times For 'Justified' And How She Hopes Her Character Teri Returns Next Season
Johnny Crowder’s got a lot on his mind this season of Justified—including a lie his girlfriend Teri told him about who recently beat her up. (It was Colt, who has his own lies and issues to deal with.)
To learn more about how Teri might continue to cause problems for Johnny and other characters this season, I recently spoke with her portrayer, Cathy Baron, over email. Here’s what we discussed.
How did you get cast on Justified?
I auditioned for the show with Cami Patton five times before being cast as Teri. The fifth time I asked my manager to get feedback from the casting office.
I was thinking, "What do they want from me? My 5th time auditioning this season and I'm still not booking the show?!”
I found out about an hour later that I had booked the role.
My first day on set, producer Fred Golan said to me they were just waiting for the right part to come along but they loved my auditions. It felt good to know that all my time preparing and auditioning paid off in a big way. It's all about preparation and persistence!
We've seen you in two episodes so far on Justified—can we expect to see you more this season?
Yes! I am in six episodes this season, so you will definitely see more of me.
Teri gets beaten up by Colt and then lies about who did it to cover for him—why do you think she didn't tell Johnny the truth?
The incident is still very fresh at that moment, and I lie because I'm scared. Colt threatens to take out my tongue and although I try to be a tough girl, I believe him.
I don't want Johnny making a big deal out of it and I'm embarrassed that I'm not strong enough to fight him off or intimidate him myself. It's easier to lie than to be watching my back to see if Colt will cut me.
Johnny's making a lot of dangerous deals this season—ever wonder if something happens to his character, yours isn't long for the world either?
Of course I wonder that! Nobody's safe, really.
The script changes often and nobody knows where the writers will go with the story. I do, however, hope to be back next season.
Any other projects you're working on now that you'd like to tell me about?
I am currently writing a screenplay about my grandfather, Bill Gautney, who was one of the first professional guitarists in country music. He played backup for big stars such as Patsy Cline and Chet Atkins. He was also a close personal friend of Hank Williams, and was taught guitar by Les Paul himself before Les mass produced them.
I asked Papa (that's what I call him) to record his life stories on tape for me because he had such an interesting, fun life. I told him my ultimate goal is to make it into a screenplay.
He spent a few days talking into his tape recorder and the same evening he finished, he passed away.
I have six full tapes with amazing stories on them about the country music world and WW2. I just hope the final product would have made him proud.