A: Well, I'm the matriarch of the wealthy Hawthorne clan in Boston, and one of my daughters is running for mayor. A: Because one of the best things about my job is getting to do things I can't in real life. Family, and loyalty and believing that everything will be OK against all odds are a big part of life in Chicago, too. [Laughs] Q: How do you feel about playing a matriarch on American Gothic? One of the benefits of getting older [as an actress] is they give you kids in your movies and TV shows, and a lot of younger actors who've played my kids remain in my life.
Evidence comes to light that someone in the family had something to do with a string of murders in the city 14 years previous. I wouldn't say I mother them, but I certainly mentor them.
Madsen was then cast in a series of successful teen movies, including Electric Dreams (1984), Modern Girls (1986), and Fire with Fire (1986).
She is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman (1992); and for her performance as Maya in Alexander Payne's film Sideways (2004), for which she received numerous awards and nominations, including nominations for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
At one point Gloria Steinem says, "A good indicator of who you're going to be at 60 and 70 and 80 is who you were at 9, 10 and 11." You know, when you were still yourself and you were climbing trees; that's when you were still clear-eyed, before puberty changes everything.
She made her film debut in Class (1983), which was filmed in her native Chicago. In 1984, David Lynch cast her in the science fiction film Dune as Princess Irulan.
I started working when I was 19, so I have many years of experience — I have a lot of good advice I can give them, and I do.
I tell my younger colleagues, "Hang in there," "It only gets better the older you get" and "You just get better at everything you do." I don't have issues with aging. In a lot of roles you get at that age, you don't have an awful lot to say. Someone who's supremely evil and wants to take over the world.Or the woman who might be in a wheelchair, but by God she sings to everyone every day, and she has such an extraordinary outlook on life that you wonder, Why is she like that? One of my biggest problems growing up was that I was always worried and ruminating and playing what-if scenarios in my head: What does that person think of me? When younger women watch the film, they realize how much they have to look forward to, and that turning 60 or 70 is not a death sentence. She rules with an iron fist, but it's covered with a velvet glove. A: Well, she's very much like me in the way that family comes first, above all else, and God forbid you should stand in the way of my children! " Q: Did you pick up that ferocity in the movie business? " Then I hang up and immediately I'm like, "Who was that?A: I would have a scientific mind and manipulate everyone to do my bidding. But the movie's not about how to be young; it's about how to be old, and what is it to be old?