“Revenge” Star Visits Richmond This Weekend
Madeleine Stowe in “Revenge.” Photo Credit: American Broadcasting Company.
Madeleine Stowe portrays Victoria Grayson on ABC’s hit series Revenge. This weekend she steps into another role campaigning for Wayne Powell, 7th district congressional candidate.
Stowe’s an avid supporter for equality and when not filming, she volunteers with Artists for Peace and Justice, which she helped found. The organization helps build homes and schools in Haiti where they have never existed.
“We’ve built 32 schools to serve the poorest of the poor. The organization goes into Cité Soleil – it’s been called the most dangerous slum in the western hemisphere. No running water – about empowering these people to fulfill their dreams. Only organization that has this success,” Stowe said. ”It’s the kind of organization this country needs.”
She spoke to GAYRVA.COM about her Virginia ties, her show’s success, and speaking up on equal rights.
GAYRVA.COM: What’s your connection to Virginia?
Stowe: My husband was born in Virginia – his entire family comes from the Shenandoah Valley…It’s a state that means a whole lot to both of us. Brian’s ties are deeply rooted there. We met in LA and have been together since 1980.
Congratulations on the show’s success – did you expect Revenge to take off like it has?
You never have any expectations when it comes to something creatively – you always watch all these TV shows fall by the wayside. On the other hand, I’m not so surprised. The show’s an outlandish fairytale in a sense. It struck a chord where people feel they have been taken advantage by the super wealthy…People secretly enjoy watching the uber-wealthy having that revenge happen to them and get sucked into that drama.
Your character Victoria is very powerful and sometimes cold and manipulative. What has it been like portraying her?
It’s very challenging for me – I always have to try to come from a place of authenticity. She’s a woman with a lot of different compartments in her. She can be loving in one moment and evil in the next. She’s not the most stable person, but works very hard to keep it together. At the same time, she has a huge heart that she tries to keep protected. It’s so fun playing the villian. I much prefer playing the antagonist!
Any clues as to what to expect next season?
I don’t know and that’s the truth! We’re waiting on the script – we start shooting on the 25th. In the season finale, Victoria boarded a plane that blew up. We urged the writers to go for it, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they work Victoria out of that situation. What happens is anyone’s guess.
How did you connect with Wayne Powell?
He’s a fabulous candidate – I’ve been watching Eric Cantor and his behavior for a number of years – I find his alliances with the super wealthy very appalling…
Wayne Powell is a man that has served for many years. When the assault on women in Virginia happened, Wayne Powell entered that wonderful peaceful protest and offered to defend those that were arrested pro-bono. He believes all people are created equal. His beliefs are social justice and economic fairness.
Wayne is progressive and progressive has an interesting thought attached to it – “liberal” and it’s not necessarily, it’s about bringing new ideas to the playing field. He’s also a fiscal conservative and that will serve the people of the 7th district very well.
You have a busy weekend ahead – you’re giving the keynote at an event for the Women’s Strike Force. Virginia has been a target fo reproductive freedom. Coming from Los Angeles, why is it important too speak up on this?
So important for every single woman in this nation to stand up and help these women who are under attack. There is a war on women. People are trying to roll these laws back. This ultrasound bill is an example…No one wakes up in the morning saying “oh, I’m going to have an abortion.” – it’s condescending. It’s government meddling in an issue that should be between a woman and her doctor…
Why is marriage equality important to you?
We’re all human beings and we all fall in love. I don’t see the difference between marriage between a man and a woman and couple of the same-sex. It’s our capacity to love that makes this world a better place. We all deserve the same consideration under law.
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