Mädchen Amick is taking on her role as Wendy Beauchamp in hit new series ‘Witches of East End’ with power and impact, and we got the chance to chat exclusively to the former ‘Twin Peaks’ star about her exciting character, whether the cast get on on-set, and the future she has on the show now a second season has been confirmed.
For those who may not yet have seen the show, can you tell us a little bit about it?
It’s a story about four women who happen to be witches – two sets of sisters – there’s Joanna Beauchamp, played by Julia Ormond and myself – I play Wendy.
Joanna has two daughters – Ingrid and Freya and that’s Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.
It’s just kind of following the dynamic of this family of strong, female characters and hiding the fact that we’re witches in the modern day.
So tell us a little more about your character Wendy.
Aunt Wendy comes to town to warn her sister Joanna that there’s a big arch enemy that’s gonna come after the family, and threaten the Beauchamp’s existance – and so she comes into town and wants to warn her of it.
She’s been kicked out of the family for 100 years because Aunt Wendy’s very naughty, and she does lots of stuff that gets her in trouble! (laughs) So, I weasle my way back into the family.
We’re almost halfway through the season here in the UK – what can we expect going into the second half?
We’re gonna get closer to finding out who our main enemy that’s after us, is. There are some flashbacks that show some history to the family and then we just have a really great finale that kinda gives you a peek into the world that we come from as well.
How was the experience of working on this type of show?
It’s been really great – you know the four of us women get along really well off camera, and I think that shows on camera – we enjoy each other, so that’s been a blast. It’s fun and the producers behind the show are really great, so it’s just fun to go to work, and fun to open up the new script and figure out what you’re gonna do next.
How does it compare to other shows that you’ve worked on?
Just right off the bat in the pilot we just bonded immediately, and I don’t think you can really plan that. I’m sure when networks and studios and producers are casting something you never know how the actors are gonna get along, but there was just something really magical about the way that we bonded so quickly. That’s really rare. I’ve worked with a lot of really great actors but it’s not very often that you all bond so easily.
Well it was announced recently that the show has been renewed for a second season – is that something you’re going to be coming back for?
Oh yeah! Yeah.
Can you tell us anything about that, or is it still very much in the works?
It’s still in the works. We’re left with a pretty big cliffhanger at the end of the season, so there’s a lot that we need to tie up, so there may be a little indication of stuff that might happen, but there’s so much you can do with the storyline, and with these women being alive for centuries, there’s so many things you can explore, so I’m just excited to see what they come up with!
Do you have any other projects away from this show that you can share some details about?
No, nothing away from this show – everything that I’ve done has pretty much come out at this point.
Mädchen Amick has said that men and women are both interested in watching female characters with depth.
The actress told Digital Spy that she is enjoying being part of a strong female ensemble in Lifetime’s supernatural comedy drama Witches of East End.
“It’s really great,” Amick said of starring alongside Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Rachel Boston in the adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz’s book.
“I do love that they’re showing four women. There’s the dynamic of the family and we’re all very different.”
She added: “It’s great to have female characters that have depth that you can explore instead of being the decoration or the girlfriend or the wife.
“It’s showing too that people are interested in that – men and women. It’s not just women’s TV – men are tuning in too.”
Asked why supernatural TV shows are currently so popular, Amick said: “Everybody loves vampire stories and if there’s one show in particular that’s done really well, it just opens the door and the opportunity for more of those kind of stories to get through.
“If one’s hitting then a lot of other networks will take a chance on a story that’s like that. I think it’s just a wave that we’re in.”
She continued: “I do love that witches haven’t really been explored that much. Usually witches are the little side character… a bad female character that comes in and leaves.
“I love that we’re spending some time in finding out how would a witch live and have to pretend to be a normal person in a small little town in New England.”
Amick added: “How do they survive day-to-day? When do they use their magic and why and what are the consequences behind it?
“It’s an examination of the human condition. Whenever you do something there’s a consequence and I love that we’re following that rule.”
Discussing the witches that she was a fan of before taking the role of Wendy, Amick said: “I loved Bewitched and I loved the sister that came in and caused trouble – I think Wendy’s a lot like her.
“I really loved Witches of Eastwick, the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson and Cher.
“I think that was really done well. It was sexy, it was dark, it had a lot of magic, but it had a lot of comedy to it too.”
Asked if it is important to take on the supernatural with humour and not be too po-faced, she said: “I think it’s really important. Game of Thrones can do it because they’re doing it really well.
“They’ve got great production values, great stories, great characters. But I think that you have to poke fun at it a little bit. You can’t take yourself too seriously.”
“It’s great to have female characters that have depth that you can explore.”
Of the show being given a second season, Amick said: “It was great to even be picked up from the pilot. A lot of times pilots are shot and we don’t get a pickup.
“Then to hear that we get a second series it was really exciting. I haven’t done a show that went into a second season since Twin Peaks.”