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So Sneaky! How Nashville's Charles Esten Reveals How He Pulled Off a Surprise Party for His Wife

Originally posted 11/11/2015 12:05PM

Someone's good at keeping a secret!

Nashville star Charles Esten, who plays country crooner Deacon Claybourne on the ABC show, pulled off the ultimate surprise party for his wife Patty Hanson back in March. Just how did he do it? By pretending they were attending another obligatory celebrity event.

"She was completely overcome. She had no idea," Esten told PEOPLE at the Second Harvest Fashion Show in Nashville. "I made her think we were coming to something like this … she drives in here and we pull right up to the front door and instead of everybody [on a red carpet], they said 'Surprise!' and it was her party."

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Kelsea Ballerini on that One Time She 'Stalked' Kelly Clarkson

Kelsea Ballerini on that One Time She 'Stalked' Kelly Clarkson

Originally posted 10/23/2015 11:00AM

Kelsea Ballerini is a rising star in country music – she made history when her debut "Love Me Like You Mean It" topped the charts in June and she's nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards on Nov. 4. She's also a bit of a super fan.

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Nashville Finale Sneak Peek: Deacon Pops the Question to Rayna Moments Before Going into Surgery (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/12/2015 03:25PM

'Til death do they part?

In an exclusive sneak peek at this season's finale episode of Nashville, cancer-stricken Deacon (Charles Esten) is panicking about dying right before heading into a liver transplant surgery – thanks to a donation from his sister Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) – that could potentially save his life.

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What Nashville Star Charles Esten's Wife Really Loves About His Character Deacon Claybourne (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/06/2015 05:55PM

Calling all Nashville fans! PEOPLE sat down with Charles Esten, who plays the charming rebel Deacon Claybourne at the Nashville Live show at New York City's Beacon Theatre and discovered (not surprisingly) that he doesn't save his charm for the small screen – he makes us swoon in real life too!

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Nashville Sneak Peek: Rayna Breaks Down Over Deacon's Cancer Diagnosis (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/06/2015 09:20AM

Now that Deacon's battle with cancer is no longer a secret, nobody is taking the diagnosis harder than Rayna.

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Nashville's Chip Esten: My Wife Is My Biggest Fan

Nashville's Chip Esten: My Wife Is My Biggest Fan

Originally posted 04/08/2015 04:30PM

Except for his musical chops, Nashville star Chip Esten has little in common with his tortured, alcoholic singer-songwriter alter ego Deacon Claybourne. But one thing they share is a singular devotion to the women in their life, the actor tells PEOPLE.

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Nashville Sneak Peek: A Sick Deacon Tells Rayna, 'This Is How the Song Ends for Me!' (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/30/2015 01:00PM

If you thought things couldn't get any worse for Nashville's Deacon, think again.

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Love the Music of Nashville? Here's Who the Show's Stars Say You Need to Hear

Love the Music of Nashville? Here's Who the Show's Stars Say You Need to Hear

Originally posted 03/04/2015 10:00AM

Sure, Nashville's a show that isn't afraid of a little soapy drama (and it's one of the reasons we love it!). But underneath all that Hollywood-crafted heartbreak and twangst, there's a fundamental respect for the Music City credo that "three chords and the truth will set you free."

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Nashville Sneak Peek: Watch Deacon and Luke's Tension Turn Violent (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/03/2015 10:00AM

When we last saw Nashville's foremost love triangle, Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) opted to break her cycle of dysfunctional relationships. Unfortunately for fiancé Luke Wheeler (Will Chase), that also meant breaking off their engagement.

In an exclusive clip from the Music City soap's winter premiere on Wednesday, Luke pays a visit to Rayna's ex Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten). Given the longstanding rivalry between the two men, it's just a matter of moments before things get physical. Actually, seconds: 26 to be precise.

After Rayna jilted him, Luke took his anger out on several reception chairs. But his reaction to Deacon's claim that he didn't play a part in the split is positively nasty: "It's always been about you – every damn day since you two met. I should have known better than to go sniffin' around that b----."

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Nashville Blog: Will Chase on Playing Rayna's Other Man | Will Chase

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Nashville Blog: Will Chase on Playing Rayna's Other Man

Originally posted 10/23/2014 03:55PM

Every week, a member of the Nashville cast will blog about the latest episode of the ABC hit. This week, Will Chase – who plays Luke Wheeler – writes about being the other man in the complicated life of Rayna Jaymes.

It's funny. Even with Deacon (Charles Esten) and all of his demons, fans demonize Luke, who has done absolutely nothing wrong. Like, I'm not a freakin' mess! I'm not a bad guy!

Deacon keeps coming and will keep coming. I think Rayna (Connie Britton) might feel a little bit like she's selling out. I like that it's messy rather than it being a maniacal mustache-twirling thing. Even with Deacon's faults, it doesn't mean he can't be good for Rayna. Fans are pretty outspoken with their love for that relationship.

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