•• Just a reminder here.. Don’t forget to watch Virginia Madsen as Mrs. Durant on her first episode of Hell On Wheels tonight 9pm/8central.
•• What actress who guest starred on Star Trek: Voyager went on to earn an Oscar nomination? That’d be Virginia Madsen, who played Kellin in the fourth-season episode “Unforgettable” and notched a Best Supporting Actress nomination in 2004 for her performance in the film Sideways. The actress is also something of a genre veteran, with sci-fi and horror credits that include Electric Dreams, Dune, Highlander 2, Candyman, The Prophecy, The Haunting in Connecticut, Red Riding Hood, The Event and more. Madsen recently attended her first Star Trek convention, taking to the stage and meeting fans at her table during Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas last month. The chatty and ageless Madsen invited StarTrek.com to hang out at her table for a while to talk, and we took her up on the opportunity. Here’s what she had to say.
-How did you land your Voyager guest shot?
Madsen: I was begging to do it. I seriously had people calling them. I wasn’t working very much at all then. That was a really low time in my career and they just treated me like I was a star. It was just wonderful. I think I had two or three people who represent me call them and say, “She’s really serious and she’s a huge Star Trek fan.” I went in to meet with the producers and they said, “We’ve got one episode left and it’s a love story.” I’m getting chills now just thinking about it. I said, “Please, I’d love to be a part of this. I know this sounds terrible, but I just want to have a weird pig nose or anything.” I wanted to be a classic Star Trek beautiful alien. They said, “Don’t worry. However, you do have ears. They’re like Vulcan ears, but they have two things.” I was like, “Yes! Excellent.”
-You had some insane call time to set, didn’t you?
Madsen: Yes! It was my earliest call time ever. It was 2:43 a.m., and it was to put on the ears. I slept because I had to be on the set at 6 a.m.
-How was the shoot?
Madsen: Just as a fan, it was awesome because I got to be on the bridge during a battle scene, and we all had to do the lean. I wondered if they had some kind of light that the cast had to follow or if they had some high-tech thing, but it was just a dude with a broomstick behind the camera going, “This way, that way.” That was so much fun, and they loved doing it, too. Kate Mulgrew was like (in spot-on Mulgrew voice), “Oh, you have to be in a battle.” I got to beam in and out. I got to be in sickbay. I had my own quarters. I had a phaser. I got phasered on stun. I was in a Jefferies Tube. You’ve got to be a Trekker to know what that is. They cut that scene out, but I was there. And I had a romance. Continue Reading
•• Virginia Madsen is celebrating her 51st birthday today and we at her official website would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday to her!! Please stop by and leave your birthday wishes by commenting in the official facebook page. 🙂
•• Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Virginia Madsen has joined the growing list of guests for Texas Frightmare Weekend 2013!
Virginia Madsen has starred in roles such as Candyman, The Prophecy (Christopher Walken), The Haunting in Connecticut, The Number 23 (Jim Carrey), Sideways, Red Riding Hood and more. Audiences first caught a glimpse of her as “Princess Irulan” in the 1984 science fiction epic Dune. She followed that up with Electric Dreams; however, it was in 1986 that Virginia captured the hearts of the audience with an intense portrayal of a Catholic school girl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Fire with Fire. With over 35 releases since Fire with Fire thus far, Virginia is a busy actress and has played a variety of roles which further enhance her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any kind of role.
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