Talented Actress Shea Madison lands role in “The Adventures of Cheap Chad”

Shea Madison – Shea is very excited to be joining Victor on “The Adventures of Cheap Chad” her first entirely improvised feature-length film! She is originally from Orlando, Florida, but attended Circle in the Square Theatre School in 2014, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in Theatre in 2015. Recent Theatre credits include: JULIUS CAESAR (Portia/Off-Broadway), A PHILOSOPHICAL PROTEST (Phoebe/Off-Broadway), MEDEA (Nurse/Off-Off-Broadway), BARE: A POP OPERA (Ivy/Regional), and 4000 MILES (Amanda/Regional).

Recent Film credits include: ZERO ABSOLUTION, an Indie-Feature premiering October 20th in Milwaukee, WI, and SURE-FIRE, an FSU Short Film that made its festival premiere at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con! Shea can also be seen on various episodes of SNAPPED: KILLER COUPLES, #KILLERPOST, and SIX DEGREES OF MURDER, or found on stage singing at New York City’s legendary cabaret theatre, Feinstein’s/54 Below.

“I would like to thank my family, my two best gals, and my best-pup, Prudence, for their endless support and encouragement. I would also like to send a huge shout out to the folks at Hollywood World Magazine for their interest in CHEAP CHAD, and Victor Chu for the opportunity to stretch my comedy wings. You are all certainly made of star stuff” said Shea Madision for Hollywood World Magazine.

Hollywood Insider Interview with the talented Actress Shea Madison

Photo by Rachel Clift Photography

Hollywood World: What do you love about the role that you are currently playing in “The Adventures of Cheap Chad”? 

Shea Madison: I would like to be able to say that I love playing a self-named character because she is exactly me, but, as this film continues to grow and evolve, I learn so much from CHEAP CHAD’s Shea! Chad’s Shea is a kinder, funnier, more understanding version of myself, so I guess you can say that I love this role because she teaches me to stay calm in moments of confusion and stay kind when things seem to be going awry.  

Hollywood World: What is the storyline about? 

Shea Madison: THE ADVENTURES OF CHEAP CHAD is about a young man, living in Astoria, Queens who is extremely cautious with his money, his time, and his emotions. This film follows Chad for a few weeks while he bargains his way through multiple relationships, some very funny situations, and, eventually, to an understanding that sometimes being cheap is not necessarily a good trait to have.

Hollywood World: Who else is involved in this production, director, producer, actors? 

Shea Madison: Victor Chu is the director of this project and he’s brought along some really talented people with him! Zach Stevens plays Chad, my boyfriend. Drew Drake plays Drew, Chad’s best friend. And Nastassia Maltsava plays Alina, my best friend. We also have various day players and background actors who have all be absolute dolls to work with.

Hollywood World: What makes a good scene partner?

Shea Madison: LISTENING. Active Listening. There is nothing worse than talking to someone that you can tell isn’t actually hearing you–in real life AND on screen. If you aren’t listening properly and are just regurgitating what you’ve memorized, you aren’t being truthful to a given situation, so how can you expect your partner to be truthful in return.

Hollywood World: What are your favorite projects you have been part of?  

Shea Madison: SURE-FIRE was a Florida State University Thesis Project that I recently filmed, and working on that project was an absolute dream all around! Allison Izzo was a great director. Sara Corkern on camera is a star. Jen Silver as first AD is everything I need in life and on set. The University was great to work with. Playing and exploring Natalie was so fun and so educational. And the film just recently made its festival premiere at San Diego Comic Con. I am very, very fortunate to have been a part of such a remarkable project.
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Photo by Emily Cullum Photography

Hollywood World: How much experience do you have in field?  

Shea Madison: I, honestly, can’t remember a time when I thought I wouldn’t be an actor, which makes me a very lucky lady. I started when I was really little, and kept working at it ever since. I graduated 2 years ago, and have since been able to call myself a “Professional Actor,” which still doesn’t quite feel real, but it’s very exciting.

Hollywood World: Describe your best quality as an actor? 

Shea Madison: My ability to memorize and relate to something very quickly, I’d say is my best quality as an actor. There’s times when scenes change or circumstances change, and the ability to adapt and roll with the punches is very important.
Hollywood World: What do you enjoy the most about your job?

Shea Madison: I get to be anyone or anything, and do anything, and study anything, and never stop learning, or become complacent. I have the opportunity to grow more and more as an actor, a sister, a daughter, a dog-mom, a human being all because I have to keep digging and collecting new information about characters and their circumstances. I can’t think of anything else that would make me feel quite so thankful.

Hollywood World: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

Shea Madison: To trust. Myself and my own instincts, as well as the people I work with and their instincts. There are times where we as artists are dealing with very real, very visceral situations, and if you don’t trust the people that you’re working with, there’s no way you’ll ever be as truthful as someone who does.

Hollywood World: From where have you learned acting? What training do you have? 

Shea Madison: I attended Circle in the Square Theatre School’s Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, and studied at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for a BA in Theatre. I am very fortunate to have had a taste of both University schooling and Conservatory Training, as well as having been able to work within an Equity Theatre while I was still in school. Nothing could have taught me more than simply learning among and alongside the people who are currently in the industry.
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Photo by Emily Cullum Photography

Hollywood World: What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?

Shea Madison: That’s a hard question to answer because I never feel like I’m doing enough! I have to consistently remind myself that I’ve already made it so much further than others do. That I’m in New York City, paying my bills as an actor, working constantly as an actor, and moving further and further up within the industry itself. It’s difficult to put into perspective when you spend every day working as hard as you can, but I’d say my biggest achievement is exactly that. I may not have my name in the papers, but I’m always contracted and always working toward what’s next, which is exactly what I’ve wished for.

Hollywood World: What other types of movies would you be interested in

Shea Madison: I love action movies! I’m addicted. I would love to take on the challenge of balancing character work and physical work.

Hollywood World: How do you see your role as an actor? 

Shea Madison: My role as an actor is to tell stories that others can’t as truthfully as humanly possible. Stories that need to be told, or have been asked to be told, or simply want to be told. To reach others, and make them think. To learn about, live momentarily, and teach others what it is to be human through this particular human. And, hopefully, learn a little something, myself, along the way! 

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Hollywood World: What was your most memorable role? Why?

Shea Madison: My most memorable role is definitely Mimi in RENT. I played her in college shortly after my 19th birthday. After watching her Off Broadway, and watching her on screen, and falling in love with her and her crew of people over and over again, nothing can ever compare to retelling that story, surrounded by my own crew of artists, on a stage that I care about so much, for audiences that traveled and waited in long lines just to hear it told. Mimi will always be a part of my, reminding me to be brave and let love.

Hollywood World: What is your secret?

Shea Madison: I’m actually Ron Swanson in disguise. Shh.  

Hollywood World: What other hobbies do you have? 

Shea Madison: I really love to finger paint! I’m terrible, but it’s soothing. I also read a lot, and know a surprising amount about craft beer.

Hollywood World: Who is your role model?

Shea Madison: Carol Mayo Jenkins. She was my mentor in college, and is still my life coach for all intents and purposes. She is a beautiful actor, teacher, human, friend, and I am so, so fortunate to have been able to learn with her.

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Photo from JULIUS CAESAR with Onomatopoeia Theatre Company as Portia

Hollywood World: What makes you feel like a star?

Shea Madison: My family, my dog, anything Lady Gaga, The Killers “Andy You’re a Star.”

Hollywood World: Any tips about how to be a successful actor?

Shea Madison: 1. Never stop working. Never stop learning. Even if you’re just reading Uta Hagen or watching Oscar Nominees or sending emails to Casting Directors.
2. Cut yourself some slack. ENJOY the down-time. There isn’t much of it, and life is super short.

3. Remind yourself daily that you are a DAMN STAR.

Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What
valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today? 

Shea Madison: I want to be remembered for setting my world on fire. For never giving up, and proving that hard work pays off.

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned has been taught to me by every teacher who believed in me, every family member that made me who I am, every close friend that ever shared their food and blanket, every pup that ever looked me in eyes and wagged, and every stranger that said “thank you” unexpectedly: love as hard and as fast and as often as this world allows you to because nothing will ever feel that good.

Hollywood World: What’s next? unnamed (7)

Shea Madison: Zero Absolution premieres in Milwaukee, WI on October 20th, and will be available on Amazon Prime!
Sure-Fire will be making the festival circuit this year! And, obviously, The Adventures of Cheap Chad will finish production in October! Stay tuned!

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