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Connie Britton Dishes on Former Roommate Kirsten Gillibrand

By Ken Mandel   |   Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 02:42 PM

"Nashville" star Connie Britton and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) have taken vastly different career paths, but the Darmouth College roommates will always have in common that they spent a summer studying in Beijing.

"She was my roommate in China, we studied Chinese together," Britton said on Tuesday's "Morning Joe." "We shared a dorm room in Beijing which consisted of a kind of concrete room and two straw mats." 

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Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked if she has any stories to share about the experience.

"I do have a lot of stories, I actually have some amazing stories, a couple of which I can't tell," Britton said. "We were there over the summer so we were there over Fourth of July and the American embassy had a big Fourth of July party and part of that was doing a lip sync contest and Kirsten and two other girlfriends of ours did a Madonna song. Can't remember exactly which one but let me just say, we won the contest!"

Britton has done plenty of singing lately as the aging country superstar Rayna Jaymes on the ABC musical drama, "Nashville." She is also well-known for her role as Tami Taylor in the NBC drama "Friday Night Lights."

Britton joined Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, and other celebrities as part of a viral campaign to encourage Americans to sign up for Obamacare, in which the A-listers hold up handwritten signs that say "#GetCovered." 

Gillibrand took office as a U.S. Senator in January 2009, filling the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. In November 2012, she was elected to her first six-year Senate term with 72 percent of the vote, winning 60 of the state's 62 counties. She also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 20th congressional district. 

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