Madeleine Stowe’s evil queen bee is back in town, writes Debbie Schipp
Myfavourite line . . . was when he called Victoria the ‘demonic succubus’
is switching focus back to the war between Emily and the Graysons. which was the idea of a shadowy association that was out there creating this death and destruction.
‘‘ And that wasn’t really working for audiences. They really engaged with the core group of characters that are here and their dilemmas, and watching them go at each other in a personal way.
‘‘ So we’re going back to kind of what the show originated to be, and that is personal vendettas.’’
While Victoria may seem quiet by her standards at least early in the season, it’s a matter of her assembling her forces. ‘‘ Victoria has kind of had her hands tied this season STOP, SPOCK! : How much do people care about Star Trek in the modern era? This New York on-the-ground video seeks to discover it, asking Spock actor Zachary Quinto to race around a building while an enthusiastic interviewer gauges reactions. Watch: http://bit.ly/VyEKlO so far, and that’s all about to change. And so that’s been a little hard for me,’’ says Stowe.
‘‘ But the pleasure is great, and the pain is horrible.’’
Stowe gives the impression she thinks her character, while borderline, is also misunderstood. ‘‘ I think because so many horrible things happened to Victoria when she was young, she had a really damaging background she wants to radiate. That’s the
THE smile is wider and warmer than that of her alter-ego, evil queen bee Victoria Grayson, but in her dressing room on the set of hit series Revenge, Madeleine Stowe is just as regal.
This, despite the fact she’s wearing an incongruous floorlength Puffa jacket between shooting scenes, thanks to an icy spell in Los Angeles where temperatures have plummeted. Somehow, she’s owning it like a designer fur.
Stowe is far less icy than her character, though equally blunt and disarming.
Her answers can be just as double-edged as Victoria’s, but it’s more out of mischief and a determination not to give too much of the upcoming season away rather than Victoria’s modus operandi of manipulative spite and considered action.
Laughing that in the show’s first season last year, fans seemed ‘‘ a little frightened of me’’ and were wary about stopping her in the street, Stowe warns that while Grayson is in survival mode at the moment, she’s only regathering her forces.
Suffice to say, her determination to protect herself, her family, and not let interloper Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) unravel her lifetime of double-dealing will be undimmed. ‘‘ Probably worse,’’ Stowe says with a grin.
‘‘ I actually personally think my character is mentally ill. I think that Emily is a sociopath, and I think that — I’m actually talking to Mike ( Revenge creator Mike Kelley) about this — that Victoria has a borderline personality disorder. We’ve got it all figured out. And both are impossible to treat, by the way.’’
About half of season two of Revenge has already aired in the US, and has been criticised by some fans for introducing too many external storylines and taking the action away from the Hamptons.
But Stowe says a midseason ‘‘ reset’’ solidifies those storylines and outside influences, and switches the focus firmly back to The Hamptons and the war between Emily and the Graysons.
‘‘ Victoria’s going to be the villain once again,’’ she says. ‘‘ So with that there will be all kinds of grabs for power. There was an experiment Mike was trying with respect to the show, only way she can really feel good about herself. And so she wants to put herself at this centre of attention.
‘‘ That act of going on the plane to testify was about trying to claim something pure again and clean the mess of her life. And now she’s back. She’s in that cesspool.’’
Stowe hints Victoria may be prepared to demonstrate more than ever what kind of a threat she can be. ‘‘ I said to Mike she’s