Fresh off its second seasons, released earlier this year, sweet magnolias is a Netflix original series developed from the new series of the same name by Sherryl Woods (as portrayed by Good Housekeeping). Boasting a talented ensemble cast, the series was a hit with audiences. By variety, sweet magnolias has been renewed for a third season, giving fans more opportunities to watch the drama unfold in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina.
There are several recognizable faces in the cast of sweet magnoliasby Chris Klein (known for being one of the American pie cast) to JoAnna Garcia Swisher, star of the Netflix series (from the cast of freaks and geeks). As fans speculate on the direction of season three of sweet magnolias will go, here are some interesting facts about the main players.
8 Logan Allen made his acting debut in commercials
Logan Allen plays Kyle Townsend, Maddie’s teenage son from Florida. He didn’t have many major credits before this role and got his start in the industry by starring in several commercials. He has starred in commercials for Universal Orlando, Volcano Bay and TruMoo, and with his supporting role in sweet magnoliasit seems his star is on the rise.
seven Carson Rowland has a degree in neuroscience
Carson Rowland plays Tyler Townsend, who is another son of Maddie. He rose to fame while starring in Nickelodeon, however, not many people know about his college background as well. Rowland, indeed, has a degree in neuroscience from Florida Atlantic University, and we’re also excited to see the direction of his career.
6 JoAnna Garcia Swisher is fluent in Spanish
JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who plays Maddie, has a half-Spanish mother and a Cuban father, so it’s no surprise that she’s fluent in Spanish. She carries on Cuban traditions through her family and volunteers as an English teacher where she can, helping children learning it as a second language. She also said that one day she hopes to have a role in Spanish.
5 Heather Headley won a Grammy
Heather Headley plays Helen Decatur, however, few people know that she is also a very talented Grammy-winning singer. She won her award in 2009 for Best R&B Gospel Album and performed on Broadway, where she played Nala in The Lion King. She also won a Tony for her performance as the lead in Aida.
4 Brooke Elliott performed on Broadway
Brooke Elliot appears as Dana Sue Sullivan on sweet magnoliasand she may be recognizable to many as her appearance in Drop Dead Diva before she joined the show. She showed the world her singing skills in Drop Dead Diva, but she also appeared on Broadway in major productions such as Beauty and the Beast previously, which also showcased her singing skills.
3 Justin Bruenig was the Knight Rider
Justin Bruenig plays Cal Maddox in sweet magnoliasbut most will recognize him from his roles in dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy and All my children. He was also tipped to be the next Knight Rider, following in the footsteps of David Hasselhoff. He starred as the character for one season in the 2008 series of the same name, but it was canceled after the first season.
2 JoAnna Garcia Swisher regularly makes pottery
Swisher has a variety of interests, and one of them happens to be pottery. She discovered she enjoyed it after taking a class with her friends, and since then has continued this hobby, regularly using pottery as therapy and creating gifts for friends and family.
1 Chris Klein was engaged to Katie Holmes
chris klein stars like Bill Townsend, and most will recognize him from his appearance in the American pie movies. He was previously engaged to Katie Holmes before she met Tom Cruise, with the pair dating until 2005. He has been in the public eye for a long time and continues to impress in this Netflix series.