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MEET THREE STAR­LETS WHO ARE BRING­ING IT TO BINGE-WOR­THY TV THIS FALL.

Gotham - - Scene - BY SCOTT HUVER

As a fresh fall tele­vi­sion sea­son gears up with the req­ui­site sea of up-and-com­ers look­ing to grab your at­ten­tion, a trio of tal­ented young ac­tresses has al­ready ar­rived, armed with that ex­tra spe­cial in­gre­di­ent: buzz, baby. MIKEY MADI­SON Af­ter a break­out per­for­mance as Pamela Ad­lon’s often dif­fi­cult el­dest daugh­ter on FX’S fan-fave dram­edy Bet­ter Things, the 17-year-old ac­tress re­turns with an even big­ger spotlight in Sea­son Two. @mikey­madi­son

Role play­ing: “Max is like her own real per­son. She’s not just the to­ken girl, or the to­ken ‘hot girl.’ She has flaws and in­ter­est­ing lit­tle things that all dif­fer­ent peo­ple have… I want peo­ple, es­pe­cially girls, to look at Max and be like, ‘Okay, I’ve been through this, I know what’s go­ing on now’—and maybe take some­thing away from that.” Her path into act­ing: “I was just painfully and to­tally shy, very re­served, and wor­ried about say­ing the wrong thing. But I also had this yearn­ing to ex­press my­self and not be afraid to be sad or an­gry. I

“MAX IS LIKE HER OWN REAL PER­SON. SHE’S NOT JUST THE TO­KEN GIRL, OR THE TO­KEN ‘HOT GIRL.’ SHE HAS FLAWS AND IN­TER­EST­ING LIT­TLE THINGS THAT ALL DIF­FER­ENT PEO­PLE HAVE.” — MIKEY MADI­SON

found that out­let through act­ing. I was al­lowed to feel all these emo­tions— then at the same time come home and not have to go through what the char­ac­ter’s go­ing through!” Hav­ing two shrinks for par­ents: “I used to be kind of re­sent­ful—like they were con­stantly psy­cho­an­a­lyz­ing me. Now I know that they were just try­ing to teach me to un­der­stand what I was feel­ing and go­ing through… Act­ing-wise, it’s helped me fig­ure out a char­ac­ter’s lit­tle twists and turns, and just get in their head more.” EMILY MEADE The 28-year-old plays a young woman ven­tur­ing a tad too ea­gerly into the world of sex work in HBO’S The Deuce, writer­pro­ducer David Si­mon’s dark ex­plo­ration of New York’s ’70s-era de­scent into porn-fu­eled seed­i­ness. @need4meade The joys of be­ing bad: “My char­ac­ter is some­one who is look­ing for trou­ble, and thus far, she is pretty ex­cited about what she’s do­ing. She’s kind of a shitty, selfish per­son, in a lot of ways—i don’t think she’s some­body who de­mands over­whelm­ing em­pa­thy and sym­pa­thy! It’s al­most bizarre how willing she is to get her­self into trou­ble.” Warn­ing! Adult con­tent: “I said, ‘ Yeah, what­ever—so what? I’ve done dark things

“my CHAR­AC­TER is SOME­ONE WHO is LOOK­ING FOR TROU­BLE, and THUS FAR, SHE is PRETTY ex­cited ABOUT WHAT SHE’S DO­ING.” — emily meade

be­fore.’ I don’t have that fear of ‘Oh no, where will I go that I can’t come back from?’ But un­til you’re ac­tu­ally there on the cold streets at night sur­rounded by peo­ple who look like scary pimps in this dark, dream­like world… Hmm… I re­mem­ber dur­ing the pilot think­ing, ‘Holy moly— what did I get my­self into?’ But like any­thing, you grow a com­fort zone within it.” On hold­ing off on fame un­til age 18: “I was like, ‘Okay, I’m ready. I’m an adult. Get me out there! I want to win an Os­car by 22!’ But I do feel like once you reach a cer­tain level of fame, you stop ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life in the way that ev­ery­body else—the char­ac­ters you’re play­ing—ex­pe­ri­ence it. I’ve been in­sanely grate­ful to not only get to work through my de­mons and have my pri­vacy, but also just gain more and more life ex­pe­ri­ence as a ci­ti­zen of the world.”

ARIELA BARER The 18-year-old ac­tress-cum-mu­si­cian snatched a plum role in Mar­vel’s Ru­n­aways, Hulu’s en­try into the su­per­hero genre, as the snarky, pur­ple-haired young cru­sader Gert Yorkes, a fan fa­vorite from the comic book. @ariela.barer

Build­ing “char­ac­ter”: “When this op­por­tu­nity came up, I was like, ‘Oh my god!’ Just be­ing a part of the coolest, first-ever teenage team to be in the ‘Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse’— it’s just a dream… It’s a lit­tle ridicu­lous how sim­i­lar Gert and I are. Her kind of so­cial jus­tice is ex­actly the sort of thing I’ve been pas­sion­ate about since I was her age. We share a fiery pas­sion for want­ing a bet­ter world.” Hero­ine chick!: “It was my first time do­ing any su­per­hero-type stuff re­cently, and I’m like, ‘Oh man, I’ve got to get in shape! I’m hav­ing trou­ble just run­ning.’ I don’t want to sell my­self as some­one who is, like, to­tally out of shape, who just sits at home all day. But then… I kind of just sit at home all day some­times.” Act­ing up: “One of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries is be­ing 4 and ask­ing for an agent, and my par­ents be­ing like, ‘What the hell?’ They put me in theater groups, be­cause they were like, ‘No way we’re let­ting our 4-year-old act!’ They were so afraid of the stage-par­ent thing—‘school is al­ways first!’ This is re­ally the first year I’ve been able to dive in as much as I’ve al­ways wanted to. And it’s been, of course, the best thing!”

“IT’S RIDICU­LOUS HOW SIM­I­LAR GERT AND I ARE. WE SHARE A FIERY PAS­SION FOR WANT­ING A BET­TER WORLD.” — ARIELA BARER

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