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Becoming ‘Daisy Jones & the Six’: How Riley Keough and Sam Claflin Transformed From Actors With No Musical Experience to Bona Fide ’70s Rockers

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Ellise Shafer From the moment Riley Keough heard about “Daisy Jones & the Six,” she felt it was her destiny to play the title character. “I just knew I was gonna be Daisy,” she tells Variety about Prime Video’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel, which chronicles the rise and fall of a 1970s rock band. “It was very weird.” And then the anxiety set in.

Despite having music in her blood — she’s the granddaughter of Elvis Presley — Keough says she had no professional singing experience coming into the show.

That seems almost unbelievable upon hearing the first note she sings, her voice velvety yet jagged, in the debut episode. “I was really like, I don’t know if I can do it,” Keough says of playing Daisy, a Stevie Nicks-inspired singer-songwriter who falls in lust with her bandmate Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). “I think there were discussions early on of like, ‘Can they sing it?

What do we do if they can’t?'” Not to worry: “Daisy Jones,” which is backed by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, recruited a stellar music team to bring the band to life.

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