17-year-old rising actress and dancer Madison Ekstrand hails from Niagara, Wisconsin.
Madison’s credits include a role in For The Boys and the Nickelodeon TV show, America’s Most Musical Family where she filmed a segment alongside the host, Nick Lachey.
She just completed filming Late Lunch with Eric Roberts. Her short film The Curse of Stone Hill with Michael Pare was just chosen as an official selection of the New York International Film Awards.
Check out our interview with Madison and get to know her better!
Hi Madison! First, let’s talk about “The Curse of Stone Hill”. What’s it about and how would you describe your character?
“The Curse of Stone Hill” follows a girl named Lauren across the house. She is trying to find out more about her mother. She then meets a Gardner who talks to her about her mom. Lauren walks around this creepy house and weird things star to happen. I do not want to give too much away, so you will have to find out how it ends when it comes out.
The film is getting a lot of attention from film festivals. Was that a surprise for you?
It was a huge surprise for me! It is such an honor to even get accepted in these film festivals. As a new actress, I am so lucky and grateful for how the film is doing.
Onto more spooky stuff… you also starred in 2 other episodes of “Very Frightening Tales”. What was that experience like?
Being on 3 episodes of “Very Frightening Tales” is such an amazing experience. I have learned so much from the cast and crew. It is just a huge learning experience. I am so lucky to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew every episode.
Are you a fan of horror?
I absolutely love horror movies! They always keep you on your toes, and you never know what is going to happen next.
How did you get started in show business?
I started acting about three years ago. This last year it has started to pick up. I am so thankful for everyone who has got me here.
Can you share with us some of your other recent projects you’ve worked on or have coming up?
Right now, we are in the process of making “The Curse of Stone Hill” into a feature film! I am so excited to start filming. I am also so grateful for this opportunity.
What is your advice to someone looking to break into show business?
My advice is to be patient. You will have good times and bad times, but you always have to keep your head up. Good things come to those who wait. Also, practice as much as you can. There is so much to learn!
If you could recreate and play any role in cinema history, what would it be?
I would recreate the last dancing scene in the movie Dirty Dancing! That is my all-time favorite movie. I think it would be so much fun to do the lift they do!
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