02/15/2013 09:57 am ET

Connie Britton Is Not Old

There is much to adore about Connie Britton, from her iconic turn as Mrs. Coach on Friday Night Lights, to her willingness to have sex with a ghost in a gimp suit on American Horror Story, to her highly covetable hair and swagger with a microphone on Nasvhille. And now a terrific profile in the New York Times Magazine gives us a whole new reason to admire Britton: At 45, she has triumphed over Hollywood's insane career timeline for women (the one that makes the magazine's headline of "Connie Britton is a Late Bloomer" true), and continues to fight to make sure Nashville doesn't treat women her age as over-the-hill.

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