Meet the Artist: Interview with Actress Shea Madison

NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?

Shea Madison: THE ADVENTURES OF CHEAP CHAD is my current, in-production feature-length film. Directed by Victor Chu, 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 relationships, some very funny situations, and, eventually, to an understanding that being cheap is not necessarily a good trait to have. I play Chad’s girlfriend, and it’s tons of fun. 

Other than CHEAP CHAD, I have another feature-length film entitled ZERO ABSOLUTION that will premiere on November 10th, and then be available on Amazon Prime, and an FSU short film called SURE-FIRE that is currently making the festival circuit!


NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?

Shea Madison: I play Chad’s girlfriend in the film! She is also named Shea! Cheap Chad’s Shea is his voice of reason throughout the film. She’s almost never listened to, but she very much loves Chad and does what she can to help him, although she’s a bit of a push over. I think she and Chad balance each other out pretty well, but I think you’ll have to decide for yourself!

NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?

Shea Madison: Victor is great! I really enjoy working with brand new directors. I learn so much about myself and my craft, as he is learning about the best way to piece together this story.

NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?

Shea Madison: I have been very, very fortunate in my young career. Like I mentioned before, I have two other films that came out this year, and I was lucky enough to be cast as a lead in both of them. It still doesn’t quite feel like this is all real life.

NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?

Shea Madison: That’s a giant question. I spend a lot of time on stage as well as on film, and it’s hard to pick just one role that is my favorite! I feel like I learn more about myself and humanity as I continue to work, and fall in love with each character as much as the last. If I had to choose, I’d say Mimi in RENT. She was the first “dream role” I had the pleasure of stepping into, and she stays with me to this very day.

NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?

Shea Madison: I get to be anyone or anything, and do anything, and study anything, and never stop learning, or get bored. 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 so fulfilled.

NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have? 

Shea Madison: I love to read, do crossword puzzles, and finger paint! I’m an awful finger painter, but I’m an expert crossword puzzler, even my dog agrees.

NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?

Shea Madison: I am! We are still in production with CHEAP CHAD, and should be wrapping before the end of the year! In the meantime, I’m in and out of concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below, filming some commercials, and memorizing for The Night Shift’s Drunken Shakespeare in Midtown at Bar Nine!

NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?

Shea Madison: Be yourself, and be kind!!! Directors don’t want to see another actor who sings really well, or memorized the lines perfectly, or trained at a top school, who doesn’t actually have a personality. They want to see YOU as your interpretation of a written character, not you AS J-Law AS Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook. Be so prepared that you’re personality has a chance to shine! And be so kind that no one can forget you.

NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?

Shea Madison: I am a huge supporter of Planned Parenthood. I donate to them monthly, and can’t wait to have a steady enough career to help them further. I think sexual education and sexual health are not spoken about enough with young generations, and nothing would please me more than to actively change that.

NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?

Shea Madison: My family–chosen and blood-related. My puppy, Prudence. Coffee and snuggles in the morning. Times Square at 3am when it’s really slow and magical.


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