Virginia MadsenSideways.” Before the festival favorite exploded as one of the best movies of 2004, Virginia wasn’t a very popular girl. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1963, the sister of cult star Michael Madsen decided to follow her bit brother into the business after taking part in her very first high school production. After graduating, Virginia moved out Hollywood to give acting a shot, but the results weren’t nearly as spectacular as she expected. It’s true, Virginia did break into the business at a fairly young age, but most of her work was in bit roles for B-movies like “Candyman” and “Highlander II.”
Virginia continued to push through the bad years as the next decade welcomed even more topless roles, low-profile films and television guest spots, but it didn’t seem like she’d ever achieve the Hollywood dream that everyone thought possible. Then, as if by a force of nature, Virginia was thrust into the limelight with her performance as the loveable wine geek Maya in Alexander Payne’s film adaptation of the Rex Pickett novel “Sideways.” Virginia has quickly gone from a burnt-out B-movie sex symbol to one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. Even more amazing is the fact that Virginia’s pushing 45 and she looks better than ever. So, do you want to see a whole lot more of Virginia Madsen? Well, ready or not, here she comes…
Virginia Madsen on the Web
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Virginia Madsen on the Screen
Virginia hasn't had the most exciting career, with a majority of her work relegated to bit parts in independent films and TV shows like "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Frasier," but her more recent big screen success, thanks to her performance in Alexander Payne's "Sideways" should garner the veteran actress some much deserved exposure.
The cancellation of the ABC crime drama, "Smith," has opened up a lot more time for Virginia to pursue her film career. She can soon be seen alongside Jim Carrey in the thriller "The Number 23," and is also set to appear in a few more projects by the end of next year including the dramas "Ripple Effect" and "In the Shadow of Wings," as well as the very little known about "Being Michael Madsen."
On film actors:
"You know, we're not on stage, we're not doing a play, so we don't have a relationship with the audience but going through that process and also just hearing how much people love the film, you feel like you do have a relationship with the audience."
"I can't tolerate the cheap stuff anymore. I learned what I like. But I [also] learned how silly it is to be a snob. What matters is what you like."