Don’t be jealous, ya’all, but I got to interview Scream Queen, Elina Madison.
Okay, you can be a little jealous, because it was pretty brilliant. I mean, what could be more kickass than interviewing an actress who has carved such a niche for herself in the horror and thriller genre that she can legitimately rock the title of “Scream Queen”?
To say that I was excited is an understatement. Actually I was a little too excited because when Elina called, I snatched up my phone and responded to her, “Hi this is Elina Madison” by blurting into the phone, “Hi Kat! This is Elina!”. And then I erupted into laughter at my bought of name dyslexia and pretty much wanted to punch myself.
Elina Madison has appeared in over 80 film and television shows, and while a large part of the those roles have been in the horror genre—thus earning her that badass “Scream Queen” status—she is actually a well-versed actress who known for her skill in Drama and Comedy as well. In the next few months alone, Elina has four films coming out, each one in a different genre. September will see the release of “Huff”, a Thriller/Horror in which Elina plays Lorelei, an abused wife who takes desperate measure to protect her daughters from her drug-dealer husband, which will be immediately followed in October by the release of the Dark Comedy, “Halloween Party”, where Elina plays the sexy and flirtatious Cave Girl. This is quite a diverse and busy woman, peeps.
You have a wide range of movies coming out in a very short time, how do you manage to switch so easily from one genre to another?
“I think one of the ways is that I haven’t had to overlap the movies as of this point, although there is a funny story. A few years back I did actually have to go from “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and we wrapped at 5 or 6 in the morning, and I had to go straight to a set at 7 in the morning and be a nurse on a TV show. It was a little confusing because I had no sleep whatsoever, so that was a tough day!"
“But with “Huff” and “Halloween party” we shot them at separate times. I do pretty much kind of stay in character—especially when it’s a very dramatic and emotional role like “Huff” was—to help with the character. As far as going off into the Comedy, it just was a blast to work at. But it was a completely separate shoot, so that helps.”
In January we see you return to your Thriller/Horror roots in “Creep Creepinsin’s Dracula" where you will be playing Dracula’s wife, Francine. How did it feel to go from playing the prey to one of the predators?
“They’re doing kind of a different twist on Dracula, and I can’t say too much about it, but yeah it was definitely a different character for me to be playing. It was interesting, and it was kind of a challenge, but it was good.”
When I watched your film reel, I was struck by how likeable and charismatic you are, no matter what type of character you are portraying. Is this just your own innate charm that we were seeing or if have you had any traditional or classical training in acting?
“Well, I’d love to say that it’s all natural talent. [laughs] But I have done training. I graduated from a two year theater training program and I went to the Groundlings Comedy Improv, so that’s definitely helped a lot. It was such a blast to be in the class. It was hilarious and I never laughed so hard in my life! But yes, I definitely trained and took some classes in between that, so I work at it.”
Not only do you act, but you have done a bit of modeling, too, and have an interest in Fashion. I'm the resident Tomboy who still loves makeup and style here on The Indie Chicks, so I naturally have to ask you to tell us your modeling and you visits to various fashion shows.
“Oh yeah that’s so much fun! I’ve always loved fashion. I love looking at the magazine and reading the latest trends. [As for the modeling] I just shot a couple of ads for a clothing line that will be coming out at the beginning of the year, so I definitely still do it. But my main focus obviously is still acting, and I also have a five year old daughter.”
This brought us to one of the most impressive things about Elina and what really makes her such a brilliant spotlight for The Indie Chicks. Not only does Elina have such an impressive portfolio of acting credits, but she has accumulated them while being a single mother raising a young daughter.
“It definitely has its challenges. It’s a lot of work and as anybody with children can tell you it is a lot to do, but it’s just one of the biggest blessings and I love every moment of it. It’s one of those things where I honestly don’t even think about it, I just make it work and schedule it and get it done. Thank goodness I have a lot of energy!”
Elina told me that she has even been able to share some of her acting experiences with her daughter such as doing a few commercials together and doing a hidden camera show for Nickelodeon. She is definitely not a “stage mom” though as indicated when I asked Elina if her daughter wanted to follow in her mother’s acting footsteps.
“Some days she does and some days she doesn’t. Honestly with her I don’t push, I just do more like if she wants to do it it’s fine, but at this point she’s more concerned with playing and school and things like that. But she definitely has an interest in it for sure.”
Who do you look up to or wish to emulate—who is your "Indie Chick" (or Dude since we are equal opportunity asskickers around here)?
“I’ve always said Meryl Streep is definitely one who I love and adore. She is such an amazing actress in every one of her films, and then when you hear her speak at awards and interviews, she’s just so grateful. She, like, laughs at herself and doesn’t take herself too seriously which I think is great. She seems pretty grounded considering all of the amazing success that she’s had. I love Emily Blunt too. I think she’s such a good actress. I love Glenn Close. As far as actors, I love Tom Hanks. And I’ve met him and he is just such a nice, nice person, like he is as nice as you think he is. So I really love when you see these actors who have such success and are just these super nice people. I think that’s amazing.”
I know exactly how Elina feels because I have to say that she was absolutely as sweet and charming as she appears as well. Interviewing is not my forte, but Elina was just amazing as I hiccuped through my questions. She is truly as lovely a person as she is a talented actress, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to this kickass indie chick who is working so hard to make her career aspirations come true.
Watch for Elina Madison in “Huff” due September 2012, "Halloween Party" coming to DVD on Halloween 2012, the psychological thriller, “The Black Tape”, in November and "Creep Creepersin’s Dracula” in January 2013.