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Monarch's Susan Sarandon: "I’ll be Around as Long as They’ll Have Me"

Country music sudser Monarch is finally making its debut after COVID-19-related delays. And star Susan Sarandon is thrilled to be involved with the project. Sarandon plays Dottie Cantrell Roman, matriarch of the genre's first family.

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During Fox’s Television Critics Tour virtual panel on September 7, Sarandon explained that she wasn't all that familiar with country music before filming Monarch. Per Deadline, the Oscar winner said:

I never knew it. I smoked a joint with Willie Nelson. That’s as deep as I go.

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How much of Monarch can viewers expect Sarandon to appear in? She said:

I’m leaving it open! I’m Jiminy Cricket, I’m gonna appear on everyone’s shoulder. I’ll be around as long as they’ll have me. I entered on a handshake. The commitment word has been a problem for me. So I talk about fun and being in the moment.

Executive producer Jon Feldman added: 

Susan is a part of a show, she looms over everyone. She will appear in multiple episodes and we have great stuff planned for her.

Monarch premieres September 11 on FOX at 8 PM EST.