Madchen Amick found fame playing waitress Shelley in David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks. Now 43, she’s married with two children and has appeared in such series as ER, Gossip Girl Psych and Damages. Here she talks about her latest role in TV show Witches of East End, what she thinks about a Twin Peaks reunion, and why being naughty is good…
Are you enjoying your trip to London?
I am! I’ve been here for a few days now and I’m just enjoying the city, it’s great. I’ve only been here once before and it was right when Twin Peaks was premiering. I came and shot for British Vogue, and it was a whirlwind – I flew in, shot the magazine, and flew right back out. I didn’t really get to see London then, so this has been fun.
So you’ve seen all the sights this time?
I think I’m getting there… I’ve seen a play, Big Ben, walked around Soho and all that.
You’re currently appearing in Witches of East End – what is the show about?
It is about a family of women called the Beauchamps. There are two sets of sisters. There’s Joanna, who is played by Julia Ormond, and I play her sister Wendy. Joanna has two daughters; Ingrid and Freya, and they’re played by Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. It’s about four women exploring our family dynamic, living in modern times, and having to hide the fact that we’re witches.
Is it true that your character was only originally going to be in the pilot?
Yeah! I was the guest star in the pilot, and they invited me to carry on and cause more trouble.
You must have done a good job.
Well, I definitely had fun with it.
It looks like it’s a fun series to make
Yeah, it really is. It has a lot of good special effects and magic as well as the drama part of it, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It pokes fun at itself, which I think is really important.
Your character is a little bit naughty, isn’t she?
She is, yes! Wendy doesn’t really like to follow rules, so she’s constantly pushing the envelope. She gets herself in trouble mostly.
Is that kind of character more interesting to play than a goody two-shoes?
A little bit. I’m definitely having a blast with her.
You’ve appeared in lots of fantasy and horror projects – is that because you’re a fan of these genres?
I am, as long as it’s done well. But I like other genres too – I love a good comedy and I enjoy a really good, tear-jerking drama. But I love the sci-fi, fantasy side of things too. Basically, I just love a good movie, or a good TV show.
You first became known for your role in Twin Peaks. did you know when you were making it that it would be something special?
No, not for sure. I knew it would be something different because it was David Lynch doing television, but I had no idea it would have a lasting effect. I mean, twenty-something years later and it still means so much to people, and students at college even study it, you know?
We’re only about a year from the 25th anniversary – will there be a reunion?
People have asked that. I don’t know. We’ve shown up here and there, and I recently did a Twin Peaks festival. We call each other from time to time and some have floated the idea of actually having some kind of filmed reunion, but I can’t imagine what we’d do.