We found The Finder‘s star Maddie Hasson watching Netflix on her computer during the interview. But she jokes, “We can pretend it’s something more scholarly…I was reading an encyclopedia and smoking a cigar and wearing tweed.” We don’t have to pretend. Based from this interview, we already know that she’s a smart young actress who’s as badass as her role in the TV show where she shows off her con skills. Maddie talks to STATUS about God Bless America, what to do when faced with a stalker and a nagging mom, her game plan to survive the industry, and more. So fine, the Bones spinoff has been canceled, but there are still lots in store for this heroine. You may still catch The Finder which starts on May 28 on FOX Asia. Monday-Friday @ 9:50pm (HK/SIN/MAL Time)/ 8:50pm (Jakarta/ Bangkok Time)
“When I was in elementary school, I used to get into fights with the boys—does that count? I liked to pretend to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
As a parolee and thief, Willa is a role quite different from any other 16 year old on TV. I’d say it’s similar to Roxy in God Bless America—a film you’re also a part of—’coz you both kinda kick ass. If you were cast as Roxy, how would you have played the role differently?
After watching Tara Lynne Barr completely own that role, it’s hard to imagine it any other way. She has a quality about her that’s really quirky and rambunctious—like a contemporary Audrey Hepburn but feistier.
God Bless America really looked at society and its “stupidest, cruelest, most repellent members.” Did the film change any of your personal views?
It’s made me look into our society further. It provides a comfortable environment for Americans to go into a theatre and make fun of themselves without fully realizing it by making light of the obnoxious tendencies we as people, Americans especially, are all prone to in one way or another. Bobcat is a very smart man.
How’s it like working with Hart Hanson and the rest of the cast for The Finder? Whom have you grown most close with?
Gotta love Hart. He acts like he’s just a smart, sweet teddy bear that just happens to be creating great TV. He will hate me for that. As for the entire cast, we’re like a really dysfunctional family. I’m amazed that we ever got work done. Apparently we did.
If you could steal anything—and you wouldn’t get caught—what would it be, and why?
A puppy. Free puppy.
What’s one thing you’ve lost but want to find again?
My sisters and I all had matching Irish claddagh rings that we wore as a sort of bonding thing. I lost mine a few years ago.
“[Maddie Hasson is] a really ambitious, fluffy bunny who thinks she’s Xena the Warrior Princess.”
What is it about being an actress that people don’t know about but you wish they do?
I’m not really sure. That it’s the best job in the world? I get to play dress up everyday. The pros far outweigh any cons I could really come up with.
Any favorite TV shows besides The Finder, of course?
Well The Finder is my number one, of course. I do like True Blood quite a bit. I’m into blood and monsters.
In an interview with TVwatchtower on Youtube, you said you liked doing the fight scenes. Off screen, have you ever gotten into a fight with anybody?
When I was in elementary school, I used to get into fights with the boys—does that count? I liked to pretend to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Who’s Maddie Hasson behind the camera?
A really ambitious, fluffy bunny who thinks she’s Xena the Warrior Princess. But really, I don’t actually know yet.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m the youngest of three girls. The baby.
What’s the best way to deal with…
…a nagging mom?
There is no cure.
…a backstabbing “friend?”
“I’ve wanted to be performing in some way, it just ended up that acting became my favorite way.”
What was the hardest part getting into acting? Did you always want to be on TV?
The hardest part would have to be coming to LA and being away from my family (in North Carolina). I’ve wanted to be performing in some way, it just ended up that acting became my favorite way.
What’s it like now that you’re actually on TV?
Not much is different.
As a newcomer, what’s your gameplan to survive in this industry?
Not much I can do other than work hard and be patient.
Which director/writer/actor/etc would you love to work with someday? Any dream projects?
I would love to work with Wes Anderson one day. I love his films. As far as actors go my top four are Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren. A girl can dream.
What’s next for Maddie?
God Bless America is premiering very soon, which I’m incredibly excited for. As for what’s next, I’m going to try and tackle the film world. I think that’d be great fun.
Interview by Reena Mesias
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