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“Madison McKinley Garton was raised in Vail, Colorado. Her modeling career began after high school when she signed a contract with Next Model Management. Madison McKinley is an actress who gained national attention when she appeared on the fifteenth season of “The Bachelor” show as one of the 30 women competing for the attention of Brad Womack. McKinley’s Hollywood acting career began all the way back in 2007, when she landed a single-episode role, as the “Dutch Cousin,” on NBC’s extremely popular show, “30 Rock.”
McKinley appeared on “Kings,” “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” and the popular “Rescue Me.” McKinley had a role as a bartender on NBC’s drama, “Kings,” which was a loose and modern interpretation of the story of King David. Although a small role as a bartender, she was fortunate enough to work with the Golden Globe winning actor, Ian McShane, of HBO’s Deadwood. Within two years of starting her acting career, McKinley had worked with award winners, journalists and politicians. That same year, McKinley landed a 2-episode role, as Mrs. Nelson, on FX’s critically acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated “Rescue Me.” McKinley continued her success and appeared in USA Network’s “White Collar.” This cable gem starred the up-and-coming Matt Bomer, as well as the perennial favorite, Tiffani Thiessen. McKinley continued to learn from some of the best in the business. McKinley’s had always worked on acclaimed shows, and with some of the biggest names in the industry.
McKinley made two appearances on TBS’s Image Award-winning “Are We There Yet?” this leads us to her television appearance, on DIRECTV’s acclaimed “Damages,” where she was honored to grace the same stage as Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, and Dylan Baker in 2011. McKinley also made a move from television to movie, and, in stark contrast to her topless appearance on “Damages,” she played a principal role in the “Smurfs 3D Movie.” Here, she added to her impressive list of co-stars and worked with Hank Azaria, Neal Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and even Tim Gunn. In 2012, the alluring actress and model was spotted on a yacht in a black swimsuit standing next to Leonardo DiCaprio on the filming of ”The Wolf of Wall Street” at the Battery Park Marina in Downtown Manhattan on September 24, 2012. This film was released in December 2013.
Madison McKinley’s acting career has been relatively short, but she has been honored with roles on critically acclaimed and award-winning shows. Perhaps this career move will bring her further notoriety. McKinley has the honor to share the screen with Hollywood heavy-hitters on ”Palm Swings,” “Untitled HBO/Rock ‘N’ Roll Project,” “Kensho at the Bedfellow,” “Power,” “The Other Woman,” “Wolf of Wall Street,” “All My Children,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Good Wife,” “NYC 22,” and “Americana.” In 2014 and 2015, McKinley continues to learn from some of the best in the business with roles on “Power” (TV Series – 2014), “Untitled HBO/Rock ‘N’ Roll Project” (TV Movie – 2015), and “Orange is the New Black (TV Series – 2015). Her latest films are “The Other Woman,” Kensho at the Bedfellow,” and “Palm Swings.” The “Kensho at the Bedfellow” film was filmed in New York City and will be released in 2015. Martin Scorsese’s “Untitle HBO/Rock ‘N’ Roll Project” has finished production in summer 2014. McKinley was a lead co-star in Sean’s Hoessli’s Palm Swings drama film in 2015.”
“Madison McKinley has joined the MODE family and appears on the multi-cover May/June 2015 “THE IMAGE” issue of Mode Lifestyle Magazine.
By Jianna Ferrari and Terry Check
Madison shot to international recognition when she walked out on the set of the 15th season of The Bachelor, explaining later on The Ellen Show that she did not want to take away opportunity from the other contestants that may have needed it more than she did.
Her career began in Manhattan Beach when the 18 year old college student entered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit competition, becoming a finalist and winning a Next Modeling contract.
Casting directors were soon calling her agent, instead of her having to pursue every casting call and awaiting return phone calls. Gaining several acting roles in films such as “The Smurfs” with Sofia Vergara, “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie and “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton, Madison enhanced her acting skills as she learned from the best actors in the industry. In 2015, her career expanded even more with roles in the TV series, “Orange Is the New Black” (June 12th release), and the feature films, “Palm Springs” and “Kensho at the Bedfellow”.
Find out more in May/June 2015 issue of MODE.
Link to the article: Madison McKinley is on the Multi-Cover “THE IMAGE” Issue of MODE May/June 2015
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