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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 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. 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 continued to learn from some of the best in the business with roles on “Power” (TV Series – 2014), “Vinyl” (TV Movie – 2016), 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 2016. Martin Scorsese’s “Vinyl” will be released in 2016. McKinley was a lead co-star in Sean’s Hoessli’s Palm Swings drama film in 2016.” Watch videos.
Madison McKinley’s Dad (Tim Garton) Has Passed Away
April 26, 2016
ISHOF HALL OF FAMER TIM GARTON PASSES AWAY
“TIM GARTON passed away early Monday morning (4/25/2016) at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, with his wife Mara at his side. He was 73 years old. Tim courageously battled cancer the last 25 years of his life and was one of the most dominant swimmers in the history of Masters Swimming. In 1997, Tim, along with Gail Roper, were the first two Masters Swimmers to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Tim learned to swim at age two and a half in Elkhart, Wisconsin and joined an AAU program in high school, but his first opportunity to train in a serious program when he attended Yale University from 1960 to 1964. Yale workouts were approximately 2,000 yards in distance and represented a 500% increase over his minimal high school program. While his times improved greatly at Yale, and twice earned All-American status on relays, he failed in his dream to make the 1964 Olympic team.
Working as a real estate developer in Vail, Colorado, in 1972, Tim read about the results of the Masters National Championships and decided to train for the 1973 championships in the 25-29 age group. He was the surprise newcomer, winning three events and setting the first of hundreds of national and world records as he aged up.
In 1991, Tim was diagnosed with lymphoma, considered an incurable cancerous disease of the lymph system. During chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he continued to train at reduced levels. When his cancer was declared in remission, in August 1991, some of the doctors credited his devotion to swimming as being largely responsible. In 1992, he started competing again and, in the FINA World Masters Championships in Indianapolis, he won his 100th national and international victory by winning the 100-meter freestyle.
“The Fox lived his life fully,” says Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Steve Clark. “He was one of my best friends for the last 55 years, and on a regular basis kicked my ass in Masters swimming through every age group we entered….At Yale, he took me under his wing and taught me the virtues of wine, women and song…If ever there was a man whose life can be described by a baseball metaphor, he was that man: after rounding the bases at full speed, at the end he slid into home plate full of dirt and grime collected from having played the game to the very upmost. He will be missed.”
“We’ve lost one of the fastest post-college swimmers ever,” says the legendary Olympic and Masters Swimming Hall of Famer Jeff Farrell. “Tim could never catch Steve at Yale but clobbered him constantly years later, with many national and world record swims. He was a special person to watch and to be with. Steve’s description was an admiring – and accurate – memory of a special guy.”
“He loved swimming,” says Yale Alum Greg Lawler. “He loved his family, loved his friends, and loved his stories, most of them involving swimming. He was particularly proud of one – about swimming against his best friend Steve Clark. Steve had set the world record in the 100 free at the Tokyo Olympics, but at a masters meet in Japan years later, with both swimming absurdly fast for not young people Tim beat Steve in a 100 race.. When asked by a reporter asked how he had beat Steve, he answered –‘some people age like fine wine, others like a ripe banana.’ Tim was very proud of that insult, proof of his affection for Steve.”
“Tim always seemed a bit larger than life,” says Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Contributor Phil Whitten, ”a Rabelaisian figure who always had time for friends and was happy to help out the sport he loved. Never bound by conventional expectations, he had no intention of quitting swimming when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 25 years ago and told he’d never be able to compete at the elite Masters level again. Tim never bought that prognosis and in short order was winning gold in the Masters World Championships.”
Tim was passionate about his love for swimming and he will be missed.”
Madison McKinley – Interview (Audio) with Richard Kenyon (The Director’s Cut Show Kaoticradio.com)
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Madison was in The Wolf of Wall Street; she was in Orange Is the New Black; she was in The Bachelor; she was in All My Children, Person of Interest, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; she was in The Good Wife, the HBO show Vinyl, The Other Woman and 30 Rock.
So, without further ado, Madison McKinley. Hi Madison, how are you?
Am I on?
You are on, you are live here on The Director’s Cut Show
Fantastic. Next victim, here we go.
Thank you. Thank you for having me.
No, thank you. So, how are you doing? How are things?
Hold on one second. I am getting fuzzy with you. Hold on.
Sure. That’s fine. We are just currently on hold with Madison because we are going through some technical things.
Hello, can you hear me better now? You were all fuzzy.
We can, and I am typically always fuzzy, right guys?
A little fuzzy?
It’s because you don’t shave.
That’s so true. I don’t, I have…
The back anyway [laughter]. He was the bear in The Revenant.
I was indeed. So, I talked to you… did you say you went to see a movie last night?
Did I go to see a movie? I go to see a movie most nights, but no, not last night.
Have you seen The Revenant?
I have, yes.
Did you like it?
I mean, Leo’s work is pretty much untouchable. I did like it, what did you think?
We loved it. We did a show on it. It was shot in my hometown, and we had lots of people talking about it and just sharing their experiences about how…
It was shot in your hometown? That’s pretty miserable, wasn’t it freezing?
Yes, we are not going to talk about weather on this show. No way. It was miserable.
[Laughter] No, we are above that.
We are indeed. So, my first question for you is, how does show business find you or do you find show business? How does that happen to you when you started out really young?
For me, it was a roundabout way of getting into it. I was going to college; I was going to school and then slip-slided and landed my way into a Sports Illustrated contest, of all things. Their swimsuit competition, which I didn’t win, but I was lucky enough to pick up a contract from that. So, I started modeling all over the place. Not your high end stuff, but the stuff that’s your bread and butter and pays the bills and allows you to travel, which was wonderful. So, that was good, and then from there it transitioned into acting. So, it was a little bit of a later start in life for me, but once I got bit by the bug, as they say, I was hooked.
What were your early inspirations as a kid? Were you looking at the models of the day or were you looking at actors that you thought, ‘yes, I like them’?
None of the above. I grew up in the mountains, so I was one of those kids that was out playing sardines and hide and go seek and stuff. I loved movies.
We turned our attic into a movie theatre. So, on the weekends, my sisters and I would go up there and we’d just lock ourselves in with popcorn and not come out for the entire weekend. So, that was probably where it came from, but I didn’t know it at the time.
What movies did you watch?
Like kid’s movies or…? How old are you?
No, no, no. I really loved dark movies growing up. So, Wolf was one of my favorite movies. Interview with the Vampire, The Firm… I don’t know. We watched a whole bunch, but always on the darker side.
So, you mentioned that you grew up in the mountains, in the Rocky Mountains. You are in Vail, Colorado, right?
So, at what point do you start to grow out of Vail and the options that Vail, Colorado has for you and you start to look at other options? When did that happen? Did that happen fairly quickly?
It did. I was in high school and then everything just happened. Growing up in Vail … I am not going to say its sheltered, but it’s a very small town. So, the first place I ever moved from there was Australia, and I remember as the plane was landing I was so scared and just thinking to myself, ‘what have I done? What have I done? What have I done? Take me back, take me back, take me back!’ So, it was a real shock coming out of that small little environment and then exploring everything else, but I dived into the deep end of the pool.
Yes, I know. Absolutely. So, your acting, training, parts… you are doing modeling gigs… are you looking to get formalized acting training or did you just go with it?
Yes, it was strange the way it happened to me, I ended up booking a role on 30 Rock. I would play the Dutch cousin of Cerie, and I just fell in love with it. So, at that point, I decided that this is what I really wanted to be doing. I took a step back from modeling, I went and started taking class after class. I studied at a whole different bunch of studios in New York, and I think it’s important as an actor to continue studying, so I have kept doing that, but I decided that if I am going to do it, I want to take it seriously, so that’s what I did. I quit modeling at that point and was like, ‘alright, here we go’. It took a long time before I ever really got going, but that was the way that it happened.
So, after you booked the Dutch cousin on 30 Rock, what is the next job that you do? Is it roles in that vein or are you…?
It’s funny. That role was Dutch and all of the lines were in Dutch, and I think that it’s probably because of that, but the next handful of things that I ever did were all foreign language… I was speaking a foreign language or it was an accent. So, I think from there I went and did a recurring role on Rescue Me, in which I was Russian. I remember I got to that set and the director came up and was like, “Okay, instead of the lines that we’ve given you, we want you to just start speaking Russian”. I was like, “Okay, hold on one second. I don’t actually speak Russian”. From the casting, they had only ever seen the tape and they assumed from the casting that I was Russian and therefore was completely fluent in Russian, and I look a little but eastern European. So, it was just one of those jaw dropping moments where I was like, “Okay, I’m going to be in my trailer trying to figure out what I can possibly say”. So, from there it was a lot of foreign characters.
Do you think that being a model or being an actor is harder, is easier…? They are different animals, aren’t they?
Yes. I would say that both have their pluses and minuses. Acting is definitely harder to break into, and I will say that I certainly got paid more as a model. There is something really nice to be said about having a job where you go, you shoot and then you are finished. However, for me, it’s the nights that you can’t sleep because your mind is just reeling in the character or you are so wrapped up in the story… it’s those moments that really hooked me to acting. So, I am not sure that I have made the right choice, but I am pretty happy with the direction I am going in. It’s nice to have that sense of fulfillment and to really be excited about what you are doing, and I finally feel that now.
Absolutely, I would agree with you. I did some research and I saw a great interview that you did on Ellen about being on The Bachelor. What really struck me about that was that you go in with your wits about you, absolutely clear about what’s going on, but what was your reason for going on the show? Was it another opportunity to stretch your acting skills or was it just purely to explore that world, which must be madness, of The Bachelor?
[Laughter] Yes, it is madness. The Bachelor came, for me, at an interesting time in my life. Between you and I, I had just had my heart absolutely broken, and I had gone on a little bit of a world break up tour.
Before filming, I think that I had spent a little time alone in an ashram in Nepal and I was just all about anything that was coming, I was going to do. This was my life, I was going to experience it, hoorah. So, The Bachelor presented itself and I was all for it. I was like, ‘alright, let’s do this, why not?’ It seemed completely ridiculous to me, but I had watched the show when I was young and it seemed fun. Since I had had the opportunity, they said I could be on it and I was like, ‘okay’, I would be a fool to turn it down. So, that was why I originally went on.
Absolutely, and it gives you that exposure to the world that is really helpful for an actor, isn’t it?
Well, frankly it sounds like… who wouldn’t want to do it? You get to travel all over, it screened about a zillion people, this person wants to get married, it sounds like the dream gig. Who wouldn’t want to do all of those things? The reality is a little bit different, but the way that they present it sounds fabulous and of course I am all up for those things, and just the opportunity.
Yes, exactly. We are talking live with Madison McKinley here on KaoticRadio on The Director’s Cut Show. Okay. So, you get the gig, The Bachelor, you are going to go… what is the atmosphere like with that many women and cameras and…? It must have been insane!
I didn’t spend time in sororities or anything like that. So, it is very intense, and it does get catty and it gets everything in there. They spur it on a little bit. You are drinking, you’re having fun and you are everything, but there is something about being taken away from your phone, your books, your magazines, the entire outside world, the internet… there is no touch with any of that. You are given one focal point, which is The Bachelor. So, all of a sudden there is this air of competition that comes up between all the women. Even if you don’t think that this would be the right man for you, there is that air of competition and I think for the first part of the show that’s probably what takes over. So, because of that, oh my god [laughter], it gets very intense as you can imagine.
Yes. Absolutely. Now, through this, how have you been able to protect yourself as the days go by of being on the show? How are you able to keep yourself afloat instead of succumbing to what seems to me to be an absolute trap of madness and insanity [laughter]?
I am so thankful that the people producing that show are just fantastic. They are still some of my very good friends. So, in the off time when the cameras are off, you get to hang out with them and just be chill and have the real life, real whatever… so you can connect to that. Plus, I am a little bit introverted. So, the moments that I would spend alone and ground yourself and get away from the cattiness. That being said, I have met some great friends on that show, and I am still friends with them until this day, but when you are all in such tight quarters… I think that we had eight girls in one bedroom when I first got there, so it is cramped and it is hard not to step on each other’s toes.
What did you learn about yourself? What was the takeaway from that experience when you left The Bachelor?
Aside from watching what a crazy social experiment it is and learning about yourself and learning how you deal with those things…
There is one thing we haven’t talked about. You had vampire teeth on, didn’t you?
So, right away, that shows to me that there is some level that you know… you are protecting yourself, you know that this is…
That was the most fun that I had on the show. It was a thing that I do for fun sometimes and the producers and I thought it would be hilarious. Why not?
The producers must have just eaten that up, right?
Oh, they loved it, I loved it. I wouldn’t change that for a minute. I still break them out sometimes, but for me it made it a lot more fun.
It’s my Andy Kaufman moment.
Yes. I like that. I think that’s really cool. Okay. We are talking live here with Madison McKinley, star of… I guess Wolf of Wall Street is how people know you the most. So, while we are talking Wolf of Wall Street, that was directed by a semi-famous director, wasn’t it, Rob?
I am not sure, who did direct that?
I don’t remember who that… was it Martin Scorsese?
Oh, that’s the guy.
That’s it. Yes, Martin Scorsese. A huge idol of mine and a huge fan. So, what’s that like? You have had these experiences and now you get to meet Martin. What was that like?
I received, and I still probably still have saved, a message from my agent saying, “Well, Marty really liked your tape. He has been watching it and he wanted to know if you’d be interested in playing Heidi”. My jaw dropped. I made everyone I know listen to that. It was just one of those moments in life where you have to shake yourself. So, that was fantastic, and then meeting him was a magical moment and a moment that a lot of actors will put at the top of their list.
Absolutely. Were you a fan of his work prior to that? As big a fan as we are around here? We just love his movies.
Anyone who likes films should be a fan of Marty’s. Yes, so absolutely I was a fan, and I think going into it you are just so nervous. I have worked with a handful of very, very talented and very gifted people and I have been fortunate for that, but wow! Nobody made me nervous like that, which is silly because then when you finally meet him, he is so lovely.
How do you deal with those nerves? You are going to see somebody that obviously you admire and you are going to work with him for the first time and he is so intense, how do you get past that nervous stage and go into work mode?
Well, the interesting thing, when we are shooting a scene, they clear out everyone who is not essential to the set way before he ever arrived and then all of a sudden his car pulls up onto the walkway, which no cars are supposed to be allowed, but his car pulls up and you can see the whole thing from the deck of the boat where we are shooting. At that point, you are just shaking and nervous and they have built it up a little bit that he is coming in, so it’s only adding to the pressure, but the second that he walks in he just starts cracking jokes left and right. He is joking with us; he is joking… its freezing there. It is the dead of fall, late fall, beginning of winter, Battery Park, New York City, and we are in bikinis and bathing suits, so we are freezing and he just… I don’t even remember what he said, but he had all of us laughing within three minutes. So, after that it was just like, “Okay, I can do this, I can breathe”, and he was so warm and so welcoming that it took everything away right way once we met him, but the build-up before that was intense.
Yes. Does he run a good set? Is he really helpful to you as a performer?
He is great because he really likes to watch his actors soar. I have been lucky that both of the scenes that I have ever… I have done two shows with him now, or a movie and a show with him, and both of mine were with the lead. So, in both scenarios I was able to do my scene and then the rest of the scene went on with the lead character. So, after that, they are shooting the rest of the scene, and I get to spend it in the village with Marty while he is watching it. So, he is Leo finishing and he’s got this huge monologue and then… completely improve, he’s throwing lobsters down the stairs, and Marty is back there and he is just cheering and screaming, and he is so excited. He just really loves to see his actors go for it.
Fantastic, and its doubly nerve wracking for you because of the relationship that DiCaprio and Scorsese have together. They have worked on five or six different projects, haven’t they?
Yes, yes, and they have a connection between the two of them. So, there is a freedom for them to play around, but it made you much more comfortable being there. You felt like there was open ground for anybody to do anything, as long as it went with the scene, and so that was nice.
Hitchcock says the director should shoot a love scene like a murder and a murder like a love scene. Would you agree with that?
I love that [laughter]. That’s the way I like most of my love scenes.
Okay. So, I want to know how you work as an actor, that’s a thing. What is the most important criteria about a script that will make you want to do the project, that when you get that script you go, yeah, I want to be part of it?
“I really want to be part of this”? Okay. I will say that it is still a business, so truthfully, in the last film that I did Bruce Davidson gave me great advice. He said that you need to think of it as a matrix. You look at the project versus the character versus, I’m sorry to say, but the money, and as long as you have two of the three then the answer should probably be yes, but I have kept that as a really good note and a really good bar. Character wise, I think the most intriguing are… I like characters that are dark and have that depth, but you can still connect to the humanity. I like tapping into that side.
Do you think that the roles for women are better or worse in the last five years than prior to that? Do you think there is an evolution in the scripts perhaps that you are getting, is that indicative to where other actors are going to? Do you know what I mean by that?
I do know what you mean. I think it has been a much debated topic in Hollywood for a little while, but just having that awareness, I think already it has started to make a big difference. The acknowledgement of that inequality is definitely the right step, and I think that there is a long way to go, but giant progress has been made. The characters you see and what we play in the last five years, the last two or three years, has been so much better than what was out there before, and women are pretty interesting so it’s nice to see that Hollywood is paying attention to that.
Well, speaking of women being pretty interesting, you were in an episode of Orange Is the New Black.
[Laughter] I am.
That’s pretty interesting. How did that all come about? What was that process like and what was the preparation that you went through for that?
I will start by saying that I am a giant fan of Orange Is the New Black, so the opportunity to be on that show was definitely a highlight of my career. It was pretty much… ‘put me on the show, yes, I’ll do it’. I have such respect for it. That being said, it was so much fun. It is definitely a female driven operation. You never see VP’s; you never see… everyone there is basically a woman. There are men, but it is very female dominant and that’s so nice to see. So, it was a ton of fun. Preparation wise, it was interesting because pretty much right before we shot it, the writers completely changed the scene. So, everything that I had thrown into it and prepared beforehand went out the window. For me then at that point it became, just learn my lines, go with the flow, be open.
Wow. So, is that a common thing that happens on television, where you go in and you’ve prepared a certain way and you know the scene… perhaps the beats are going to be like this, and then all of a sudden you are thrown a curve? Is that a commonplace thing or is it just unique to the show?
I think that in any given show rewrites are a constant and sometimes they are definitely for the best. I think in this case it was absolutely for the best, but that’s just what you have to do. Take the hit and handle it the best you can, but for me, I was very grateful that it changed in the way that it did.
Is it fair to say that its different because there are really no restrictions on what is shot on that show, that perhaps for other shows it can be a little more restrictive?
Well, it was certainly my first time wearing a merkin. That wasn’t seen, but… any given show, any sexual scenario, any nudity is gone over beforehand by your agents in a ten-page long rider. So, you know exactly what you are getting into. So, yes, it was different, but it was definitely something that I was willing to do based on the scene and based on the characters and based on the show that I was getting into. So, I absolutely for it, but I wished I had a shot of tequila. It was bold, I’ll say that.
Yes, and an amazingly brave scene to do, but I think that’s the great thing about television nowadays, that we have… it is not all network television where there are so many limitations on what you can say, what you can do, what the topics are and all of that stuff. It feels like it’s the old west, but in a really good way, do you think?
I couldn’t agree more. The things that are being done on television and in the media these days, it just makes you so excited for the direction the industry is going. Now, they’ve got such good writers, they’ve got money, they’ve got the time to tell it, they have the talent to do it. It’s a great time to be part of the industry.
So, technical question for you. Is it a different skill set shooting digital as opposed to shooting film? Is there a freedom that you get with digital cinema where you can go, “Okay, we know we can get ten or fifteen takes”, but film is like, “We’ve got to get this two or three in”?
I think that it goes both ways. You feel far more comfortable as an actor when you know that you have the possibility to do 20 if it’s not good. You can play with it, you can really explore, you can… So, I certainly feel much more comfortable with digital because I can really feel like I’ve worked that scene out, I have put it down and I feel good about it. However, in my experience, its usually take one or take two that they end up using. So, there is something to be said for just… for the moment, the first time when you haven’t done it again and again and it is fresh and new. So, I’m not sure which is better, but you definitely feel like you’ve got that extra layer of fat when its digital and you feel more comfortable.
Wolf of Wall Street was shot on film, wasn’t it?
I believe so.
Yes. So, it doubles the nerve factor. Not only is it film, but its Scorsese and there are lobsters flying. That’s just a fantastic story. So, what’s upcoming for you? What’s next? What are you doing? What are you looking to do? Are there parts that you want to play, people you want to work with…? What’s next?
Yes, I have a couple… I started doing a few more independent films and for me everything has just been so exciting because you do really get those characters and you get to explore them and you get to give them and everything like that. That is what I am very excited about at the moment. So, I have a couple of projects that are in the works. One is being edited right now and a couple are hopefully set to start shooting this spring. So, I am excited about the direction its going. Yes, we will see, but that’s what’s going on right now.
Okay. So, I have these ten rapid fire questions that I love to ask artists. Are you game for ten more questions?
10? Alright, count them down for me.
They are rapid fire and you can answer them, you don’t need to debate them, but we can talk about them. It’s totally up to you. So, here we go.
- Favorite movie?
Oh, did we lose you? We lost… Are we still there?
F: No, I am like… you guys looked at me and I’m like…
It sounded like she dropped her phone.
Okay. Well, let’s see if she calls back.
Favorite movie… Wolf of Wall Street…
F: Yes, favorite TV show… Orange Is the New Black.
She just didn’t want to answer those last ten questions, and those are my favorite questions, but…
No, I think she dropped her phone on you Rich. What a great lady. Those are some great questions. I like how you talk about how TV has expanded, because really what you are saying that what it allows for is true art, rather than stifled, censored, forced down our throats, it just allows these people to really be creative and be true artists in themselves, to be honest.
Yes, and we can start to tell stories that we are really excited about and that we are really passionate about. I think she is back. Let’s see if she is back. There you are.
I am sorry. I am having difficulties.
No, no. That’s good. We just thought that when I said, ‘favorite movie’, you were like, no, I’m done.
Okay. So, you’ve had a couple of minutes to think, what’s your favorite movie?
I would have to go back to the vampire thing and go with Interview with the Vampire.
I have watched that movie time and time again. Not very many people would say that’s their favorite, but it’s mine.
Who would you really like to work with? Who is on that list?
Anne Rice or Bram Stoker?
Anne Rice all day.
Favorite Pixar character?
Wall-E. He made me cry.
That’s the first movie that I took my son to see, Wall-E.
Oh, it’s a brutal point for humanity, but a beautiful movie.
I was going to say that. The first time I seen that, I was on a cruise ship in Mexico. I am fitness guy, right? So, I am just in shorts and nothing else, except sandals, and I am looking at everybody else and literally I have… the people working on these cruise ships are very friendly and they are touchy, “Oh my god, I love your muscles”, and I am looking at all of these other people and I am thinking, ‘oh my gosh, how embarrassing for them for me to…’ Oh my gosh, it’s the cast and crew of Wall-E. Is there such a thing as a bad experience on set?
It is all learning, but it doesn’t mean it’s not awful.
The last book you read?
All the light we cannot see.
This isn’t a question, it’s just a comment. The Rocky’s are the best, aren’t they?
Well, the Broncos are the best, but yes, the mountains are beautiful.
We couldn’t go 30 minutes without the Bronco’s coming up. Oh my goodness.
There you go. If you weren’t an actor, what would you do?
That’s a scary question. I am not sure. I would be in Africa probably. That wasn’t a good answer.
It’s an honest answer.
When in doubt, Africa.
Would you rather win a SAG award or a Golden Globe?
Africa [laughter]. A SAG award. When it comes from your peers it just means something different, I think.
My favorite question that I love to ask everybody that’s on this show. How do you replenish your creative spirit?
Oh, I like that. For me, its nature. I have now taken to… I have an actor friend who is just so driven and so in love with the craft, so I have taken to bringing him on hikes because that will really get you motivated, but a combination of the two. Being around people that are inspiring and nature.
Fantastic. How can people find you on the net and follow you? Are you on Twitter or Instagram or any of those things?
I don’t tweet because… I actually don’t have an excuse for not tweeting, but Instagram, absolutely. So, I am MadMcKinley, and I would love if someone followed me, that would be great.
We will certainly make sure that people do. I can’t think you enough. What a fantastic interview. Thank you so much for doing this. We went long tonight and that’s okay because you’ve got such quality guests it was just such a great thing.
Well worth the $10,000 fine of course.
Well, put it on my tab. Thank you guys so much for having me.
Thank you so much, Madison, and we will talk to you soon.
Alright. Get some sleep.
You too. So, yeah, what an amazing show.
What an amazing person, yes. I really appreciate her as an artist.
She is absolutely brave as a performer and artist.
And beautiful, but I’m sure she gets that all the time.
Yes, you can’t really talk about that too much. We want to know what goes on inside her head and how she prepares for these parts. I loved her honesty and that she was nervous in front of Scorsese. That’s great. There are only 10,000 people listening to you right now. That’s just fantastic.
Madison McKinley – Over The Top
Always shaking things up, Madison McKinley gets unplugged having fun in the sun at Hermosa Beach
By Terry Check – August 2015
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Madison McKinley is on the Multi-Cover “THE IMAGE” Issue of MODE May/June 2015 05/01/2015 Beauty, Culture, Fashion, Health, Magazine
“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
© 2015 Mode Lifestyle Magazine”
Madison McKinley’s Articles:
Madison Garton: Why I Left ‘The Bachelor’
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