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LA Times – The Sunday Conversation: Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen, 48, plays married-to-the-mini-mob mom Cheryl West who tries to make her family go straight in “Scoundrels,” ABC’s new summer dramedy in ” Desperate Housewives'” Sunday evening slot. The veteran film actress talks about why network television has been a great place to land at this point in her career — much to her own surprise.

How did your role in “Scoundrels” come about?

I did a series with Ray Liotta called “Smith.” That was three or four years ago, and that was canceled right away. It was another show of criminals, but it was real bad guys — larceny, murder and explosions and all this stuff. It just wasn’t, for either one of us, creatively satisfying. So it was like, OK, I tried that, I’m not interested in that anymore.

So when this show came along I was like, I don’t know about network TV. I have friends who work on shows like that, and they were like, ‘Oh, my God, you don’t want to do this job.’ The hours are insane. And network TV is very corporate — you’re very much a hired hand. I just put all the negatives on the table.

So it was a leap of faith. And man, it paid off. Because I had so much fun making this show. I found my hours weren’t crazy. My favorite way to work is in an ensemble. When I was doing lead roles, when I was an ingénue, that wasn’t a comfortable place for me to be. I don’t necessarily need to be the star. And when you work in an ensemble, it’s exciting and it’s fun and it’s creative, and I work really well as a team. I like the family feeling. Continue reading

New Movie Role in “Red Riding Hood”

I am so pleased to announce that Virginia has signed on to the ensemble of Red Riding Hood. Director Catherine Hardwicke’s Gothic variation on the classic fairy tale is set for Warner Bros. release March 11, 2011.

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.

Virginia will play the mother of Amanda Seyfried’s heroine in the werewolfilm, which was scripted by Orphan’s David Leslie Johnson. The cast also includes Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Gary Oldman and Julie Christie.

Official Virginia Madsen facebook page

Hey VMad fans, join the official facebook page. Go on and join if you have a facebook account, so you can stay up to date with all the latest news & updates on Virginia Madsen!!

Scoundrels premieres tonight!!

Just a reminder to all the VMad fans. Scoundrels premieres tonight at 9|8c on ABC followed by the series premiere of The Gates. Come meet Cheryl West (Virginia) and her family!!

Virginia’s TV Appearances

Virginia’s been a busy bee lately filming Scoundrels in New Mexico.  Here’s a list of V’s upcoming TV Appearances. Please remember to check your local TV listings for times.

June 17, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS
– June 23, Good Morning America on ABC
– June 23, The View on ABC
– June 23, The Joy Behar Show on HLN

Wine Tasting Lesson for Four at Mel & Rose with Virginia Madsen

Join Virginia Madsen with a party of four for a fun-filled wine tasting at Mel & Rose! For more information, please visit www.melandrose.com. The proceeds for this item benefit Waterkeeper Alliance. Place your bid here!

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