PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Californication" and Picnic Star Madeleine Martin
By Matthew Blank
February 5, 2013
Madeleine Martin, currently appearing as younger sister Millie in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Picnic, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Martin has been seen on Broadway in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, August: Osage County and The Pillowman.
Other theatre work includes A Christmas Carol, Harper Regan, Les Misérables and The Sound of Music.
Screen work includes "Californication" (Showtime), Disney's "Out of the Box," "Jojo's Circus," "Criminal Minds," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Hope and Faith."
Full given name:
Where you were born/where you were raised:
New York, NY
What your parents did/do for a living:
Two older brothers
Lighting a match with one hand
Something you're REALLY bad at:
First Broadway show you ever saw:
Phantom of the Opera
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
Current or upcoming show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Matilda. My friend Tim wrote the music and lyrics.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
"Being Alive" from Company
Some favorite musicals:
Gigi and Carousel
Some favorite modern plays:
The Glass Menagerie and Our Town
Some favorite modern playwrights:
Simon Stephens and Martin McDonagh
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire
Your personal acting idols, living or dead:
Amy Morton and Rondi Reed of Steppenwolf
The one performance — attended — that you will never forget:
Roundabout's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Douglas Hodge was mesmerizing.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
When I was doing Harper Regan at Atlantic Theater Company I would listen to Coldplay to get me in the right state of mind for an emotional scene.
MAC or PC?
Most played song on your iPod:
"You Only Live Once" by The Strokes
Last book you read:
"Meditations on First Philosophy"
Must-see TV show(s):
"Sherlock" on BBC
Last good movie you saw:
"Les Enfants du Paradis"
Some films you consider classics:
All of John Hughes' movies
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
"Grandma" at The Big Apple Circus
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Watching "New Girl"
New York, Vancouver and Portland.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
A disco compilation tape I bought when I was 8. My favorite song was "We Are Family."
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:
I enjoyed getting laughs in The Sound of Music.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal:
Anytime I'm in a play I go to La Masseria. The frisée salad is my favorite.
Favorite liquid refreshment:
Cappuccino. I have a Nespresso machine in my dressing room.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:
I like to take a dance class, usually hip hop, before a show.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
I was late for an entrance in August: Osage County because I was writing Valentines.
Craziest audition story:
I auditioned for a horror movie once where they tied me to a chair and told me to try to escape. I didn't get the part.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? What edition?
I played a girl whose grandmother was poisoning her with mercury on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and I was on the regular "Law & Order" twice: once playing a cancer patient and then a daughter of the murder victim.
Favorite screen/commercial gigs:
I did an episode of "Criminal Minds" that was a blast to work on mainly because Matthew Gray Gubler was directing.
What drew you to this project?
Sam Gold and Roundabout Theatre Company and William Inge
Most challenging role you have played:
I had to play a boy for one scene in The Pillowman. It required a lot of mental preparation.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play:
Emily Webb in Our Town.
Leading man role you wish you could play:
Something about you that surprises people:
My brother thinks he's Batman.
Career you would want if not a performer:
I'd own a flower shop.
Three things you can't live without:
My brothers and my best friend, Lindsay.
"I'll never understand why…"
… my brothers don't load the dish washer.
Words of advice for aspiring performers:
It's important to have other creative outlets to keep a level head as an actor.