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A cool, classic beauty, with a vibrant blonde mane and an exuberant flair for the dramatic, Virginia Madsen is one of Hollywood's most versatile and unique actresses. Not only did she received amazing reviews for her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated performance in Alexander Payne's hit film, Sideways, but this Independent Spirit Award-winning actress has an illustrious resume of roles alongside the most notable and respected actors in the business. You can read more here!
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I Know A Woman Like That (2016)
Award-winning performer Elaine Madsen (mother of actress Virginia Madsen)
sits down with, among others, Eartha Kitt and Rita Moreno to reflect on the many
challenges they faced while pursuing their dreams.
Virginia Madsen as Virginia Madsen (producer)
Director: Elaine Madsen
Genre: Documentary View The Photos
American Gothic (2016)
A prominent Boston family attempting to redefine itself in the wake
of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string
of murders spanning decades, amid mounting suspicion that one of them may have
been his accomplice.
Virginia Madsen as Madeline Hawthorne
Director: Matt Shakman
Genre: Mystery View The Photos
Burn Your Maps (2016)
Centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are
regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored for better or worse.
Virginia Madsen as Victoria
Director: Jordan Roberts
Genre: Adventure View The Photos
A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now
living in New York City.
Virginia Madsen as Paige Cowen
Creator: Robert Doherty
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery View The Photos
Safe Neighborhood (2016)
On a quiet suburban street tucked within a "safe neighborhood", a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is
far from a normal home invasion.
Virginia Madsen as Deandra
Director: Chris Peckover
Genre: Thriller View The Photos
Burning Bodhi (2017)
When a young man reads on Facebook that his best friend from high school is
dead, he reluctantly comes home to New Mexico to confront his troublesome
parents, his heartbroken first girlfriend, and a ton of regrets.
Virginia Madsen as Naomi
Director: Matthew McDuffie
Genre: Drama View The Photos
Designated Survivor (2016-2017)
A low-level Cabinet member is appointed President after a catastrophic
attack kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.
Virginia Madsen as Kimble Hookstraten
Director: Paul McGuigan
Genre: Drama View The Photos
•• JOY movie star Virginia Madsen has opened up about the experience of working on the project based on the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actress recalled the moment she got the call from director David O. Russell saying she was cast for the film.
“He said, ‘Do you have any problem with playing the mother of Jennifer Lawrence?'” Madsen shared. “I said, ‘I’ve never had a problem with aging.’ And I went on to tell him how much I liked her and how without knowing her I felt motherly toward her and I felt proud of her for what she’s done at such a young age. Well, I didn’t realize that Jennifer was sitting there.”
Virginia Madsen also shared what it was like to work with Robert De Niro, who plays Madsen’s husband and Lawrence’s father in the film.
“There’s still a part of me that was going, ‘Oh, my God, Robert De Niro is throwing things at me. This is so cool!'” the actress said. “I grew up admiring him as one of the greatest living actors ever. And there he is and such a dream come true to not just meet him but work with him.”
Russell had also opened up about the upcoming film.
Speaking with the New York Times, the director shared what made him interested in Mangano’s story.
“It’s the first story I’ve done that has a woman at the center of it,” he said. “Jennifer’s usually coming in from the side, like a rogue. [Laughs.] She kind of sneaks in and takes over half the movie. But here, she’s in the middle, not with a bow and arrow, but with her heart and soul.”
JOY will hit theaters on its release date of Dec. 25.
•• Sometimes a particular bit of casting in a movie is so on-target it’s hard to believe no one thought of it before. Take for example the actress Virginia Madsen playing mother to the title character played by Jennifer Lawrence in the new film “Joy.”
Madsen and Lawrence have the same spirited, spiky air about them, part kooky, part soulful, part dangerous. They seem made for each other. “I was waiting for someone to figure that out,” Madsen said recently in Los Angeles. “From when I first saw her I had thought, ‘I should be her mother.’ It was just a really perfect fit.”
Directed by David O. Russell, the film (which opens Dec. 25) is based partly on the real story of Joy Mangano, who created an entrepreneurial empire, transformed into a multi-generational family tale that touches on the quintessential modern American values of aspiration, ambition and self-invention. The cast includes Robert De Niro as Madsen’s ex-husband/Lawrence’s father, Isabella Rossellini as De Niro’s girlfriend, Édgar Ramírez as Lawrence’s husband/ex and Bradley Cooper as an executive who gives Joy’s products an early push. In another nice piece of cross-generation savvy, Diane Ladd plays Madsen’s character’s mother.
As Lawrence’s Joy struggles to hold the family together while also building her business, Madsen’s character is meek and beleaguered, many of the things Joy fights hard not to be. At one point in the film, Madsen lies in bed watching a soap opera while bemoaning her daughter’s striving as “Joy the do-er.” As prelude to a heated argument, De Niro says Madsen’s character is “like a gas leak; we don’t see you, we don’t smell you, but you’re slowly killing us all.”
A longtime admirer of Russell, now a five-time Oscar nominee off his recent films “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter,” Madsen remained convinced they would one day work together. She finally received the call in a most unusual way. She was on a film festival jury in Dubai when she received an urgent message that Russell wanted to meet with her via Skype.
“He said, ‘Do you have any problem with playing the mother of Jennifer Lawrence?'” Madsen recalled. “I said, ‘I’ve never had a problem with aging.’ And I went on to tell him how much I liked her and how without knowing her I felt motherly toward her and I felt proud of her for what she’s done at such a young age. Well, I didn’t realize that Jennifer was sitting there.”
Even so, Madsen went through a series of auditions in which Russell began to shape the character for her until she was finally officially cast. She soon found that she had a lot to discover.
“Most of the roles I tend to do now are very much like my personality, and this was not my personality at all; this was a complete character role for me,” she said. “David could see that he was going to sculpt me into something I’ve never been before.”
She had to get used to the director’s unique on-set style too. Madsen recalled how in one scene he sat under a table, another under a bed, all to be closer to the actors. Lawrence, De Niro and Cooper had all worked with Russell before, and so as Madsen said, “I thought, ‘They’re going with it, I should go with it.'”
Still, it was hard for the veteran actress not to get a little rattled by her situation. “There’s still a part of me that was going, ‘Oh, my God, Robert De Niro is throwing things at me. This is so cool!'” she said. “I grew up admiring him as one of the greatest living actors ever. And there he is and such a dream come true to not just meet him but work with him. The fact I got to scream and yell and have an on-screen fight, I was so high at the end of that day — I could do it, I could fight Robert De Niro. That’s a pretty cool thing to find out.”
Internationally renowned flautist Anton Krasnikov meets up after a concert with a prostitute who drugs and robs him in a hotel room. While under the influence, Anton rapes a violinist who performed with him, but doesn’t remember committing the crime. Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) soon discovers that the prostitute is her fugitive sister, Kim (Lindsay Pulsipher), who framed her sister for murder and insurance fraud, before cleaning out Rollins’ apartment and skipping town in Season 14’s “Deadly Ambition.” Rollins tries to defuse the situation without alerting SVU of her sister’s involvement. However, it becomes increasingly difficult as their mother, Beth Anne (Virginia Madsen), tries to protect Kim and maintain her own delusional picture of family harmony. Rollins’ SVU colleagues eventually learn of Kim’s identity and arrest her, while Anton is charged with rape and remanded without bail.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief William Dodds (Peter Gallagher) has assigned his son Mike (Andy Karl) to take over as sergeant, now that Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) has been promoted to lieutenant. On his first day, Sgt. Dodds clashes with the other detectives, frequently overstepping his bounds.
Though Rollins begs Kim to plead guilty, Kim works her charms on her lawyer, Lorenzo DeSappio (Jason Cerbone), who agrees to let her plead not guilty and go to trial. Beth Anne is furious with Rollins for choosing work over family and leaves town. Rollins visits Kim in prison, where Kim reveals that since her relationship with DeSappio has escalated, she’s agreed to plead out on her prior offenses in exchange for a short prison sentence. After that, she says, she hopes DeSappio will ask her to marry him – confirming what Rollins already knows about her sister’s dangerous patterns of instability.
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•• 20th Century Fox has released the Joy trailer, which you can view below. Written and directed by David O. Russell, the dramedy stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm and Bradley Cooper. It’s the third time Russell, Lawrence, Cooper and De Niro have worked together following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty and love.
•• Virginia Madsen will appear in the sixth episode of season 17. Rollins’ (Kelli Giddish) family is coming to town this season on Law & Order: SVU. The NBC drama has tapped Virginia Madsen to play her mother, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Sideways actress will be joined by True Blood alum Lindsay Pulsipher, who returns as Rollins’ troublesome sister, Kim.
Virginia Madsen will play Beth Anne Rollins, whom showrunner Warren Leight describes as a “very protective” matriarch. “In theory, Amanda Rollins is her successful daughter. [She’s] college-educated, a detective, moved to New York, so of course the mother likes the daughter who has a warrant out for her arrest, has been involved with very sketchy men and has run her life into the ground,” Leight tells THR. “Beth Anne Rollins thinks that daughter can’t make mistake and Amanda has turned her back on the family.”
Virginia Madsen and Pulsipher will both appear in the sixth episode of season 17, which coincidentally also marks Leight’s 100th episode since taking over as showrunner.. Virginia Madsen’s other credits include Monk, Hell on Wheels and Witches of East End. She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Law & Order: SVU returns on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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