Virginia Madsen

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07 Mar 2014

SXSW 2014 Interview: Virginia Madsen on “The Wilderness of James”

•• The Wilderness of James stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as James, a teenager coming of age on the streets of Portland with the new teenage crowd in with which he falls. Madsen plays his widowed mother Abigail, trying to comfort and support her son, but of course we all know how teenagers are. The film, the debut from writer/director Michael James Johnson, premieres Sunday in Austin.

CraveOnline: Are you an Academy member?

Virginia Madsen: I am. This year though I didn’t go, because I just got back from a job and I wanted to lay low. It takes a lot of preparation to go to that red carpet and I didn’t have time to do the gown and all that stuff. I did go out and I did party ‘til seven o’clock in the morning.

Wow, which party did you go to?

I only go to one. I go to Madonna’s party every year. It was really insane.

Did you vote on the awards this year?

Yes, I did and I was very happy that most of my choices one. The toughest vote is always for the actresses and the Best Picture. I was really bummed out for Martin Scorsese but when you break it down and you look at each individual award, he was up against some really intense competition, especially in editing because I really love that movie but I think his competition was just too heavy when it came to the editing and the directing.

It was even split between Best Director and Best Picture.

It was, it was tough and I was just a big fan of all the movies, so it was very hard to choose. I was happy to see all the people that made it to the big dance. It’s a long, long road to get there. I think everybody’s favorite though had to be Lupita. Lupita Nyong’o I think was the princess of the evening and she was crowned queen by the end of the night. I saw her later at the party and she had changed from that beautiful, beautiful blue gown into this skin tight white dress that just went all the way down to a little train. Oh my God, she was so stunning. Everyone was so happy for her. Continue Reading  

04 Mar 2014

Virginia Madsen to co-star in NBC drama pilot “Babylon Fields”

•• Virginia Madsen is set to co-star opposite Meagan Good and Kyle Schmid in NBC drama pilot Babylon Fields, from Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson. The 20th TV-produced project, originally developed and piloted at CBS seven years ago, is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead.

The drama, from Gerald Cuesta, 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. The newly regenerated bodies are healing faster and growing stronger, prompting discussion that this might be the next step in human evolution. Deception’s Good stars as Janine Beltran, a doctor.

Virginia Madsen will play Rhonda Wunch, the mother to CDC scientist Thomas (Kyle Schmid), who is close to her son and wants him to stay home in Babylon. Coster will play Ernie Wunch, Thomas’ father and Rhonda’s husband, a former cop who most people thought ran away to Daytona. Vazquez will portray Matt Conte, the chief of police, who has a history with Ernie. Their casting completes series regular roles on the pilot. Skeet Ulrich co-stars in the dual role of Father Harries and his twin brother Graham.