YVR Sweetheart: An Interview with Actress Madeleine Arthur
Emily Koopman: For those just getting to know you, how did you end up in the business?
Madeleine Arthur: When I was six I played Oliver in a stage production of “Oliver Twist”. At the time I could only read French, so when we read through the script my friend had to tell me my lines! After playing Oliver I was hooked.
Emily: Do you prefer working on film or television projects?
Madeleine: Both are great! I really enjoy exploring the depth of a character. So it really depends on the project.
Emily: Is there anyone you’d like to work with in the future?
Madeleine: That is a hard question that I don’t really have an answer to! There is so much to learn from every actor. Although, Meryl Streep... yeah... she’s definitely at the top of my list... also Tom Hanks.
Emily: Any interesting projects coming up?
Madeleine: At the moment I don’t have any projects lined up, just lots of auditions keeping me out of trouble.
Emily: How do you "Madeleine" a character and give it your own spin?
Madeleine: I spend a lot of time developing my characters through research and analysis.
Emily: If there were to be a remake of the movie of your choice, what would it be and who would you play?
Madeleine: I would love to do a complete transformation role like Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby.
Emily: Recently you've been guest starring on The Tomorrow People, how has the experience been for you?
Madeleine: The Tomorrow People experience has been fabulous. How could you not like teleporting, telekinesis and telepathy? Everyone was wonderful and welcoming. It was a very positive experience and a real treat to work with some very talented people.
Emily: Is there an actor or actress you've really enjoyed working with?
Madeleine: Well, I haven’t met anyone that I have not enjoyed working with! However, playing Amy Adams' daughter in Big Eyes was certainly a pleasure and a huge privilege. I can’t say enough about what a kind and nurturing person she is. I really look up to her as an actress and as an individual. It was a dream come true!
Emily: Do you support any charities?
Madeleine: I am a member of my school’s division of “Best Buddies”. We are friends with teenagers with disabilities. It is very rewarding. I also help out with our local cystic fibrosis gala every year.
Emily: What do you believe is your best quality as an actress?
Madeleine: Haha, best quality... that’s a hard question to answer about oneself. I don’t think that I can say I have one best quality as an actress. I believe that as actors we have many qualities that go together to create us as individuals and as actors.