‘Revenge’ Interview: Ashley Madekwe Teases New Romance And Victoria Bond, Opens Up About Co-Stars


So much has happened since the Revenge beach shooting. Daniel is close to escaping prosecution, Nolan’s been one step ahead while Jack tries to find Amanda, Victoria’s affair has surfaced and Charlotte and Declan are over. What’s been two of the biggest shockers overall though? Emily recently finding out that the Grayson’s actually murdered her father David Clarke and that Ashley is on her way out the door.

Don’t worry though, not like that. Based on the newest clip for tonight’s “Absolution” Ashley gives Victoria her two weeks notice. Why condone to what those in the Grayson Manor have to say anymore when she can move up in the Hamptons world?

But something just doesn’t feel right. How will this change the dynamic between Ashley and the other characters? Will she step away from the friendship she’s built with Emily? The winter chill is brewing and we’re hoping that Ashley is just in the middle of it! Think about it. The mysterious beauty was the one to secretly reveal the bloody Daniel shots. She’s the one that has taken control of the Grayson affairs in front of the press. She’s the one we still don’t know much about. Where’s her family? Does she have a hand in all of this? A plan of her own?

Getting to speak with Ashley Madekwe for the second time was an absolute pleasure. This time around she teased her character’s storyline with Victoria, what’s the biggest inside joke she shares with co-star and friend Emily VanCamp and even gushes about the rest of the cast.

The beach shooting was clearly just the beginning. Last we spoke you were hoping for a darker side and looks like you may be getting it! What are you hoping for now?

ASHLEY MADEKWE: I really enjoyed it and happy with it and really hope that we follow up with the scenes that we got to play. Like kind of going over the line with Conrad. And I’m also still really gunning for some backstory with her. Just something. It’s not real until we have it on the show.

What are your thoughts on Ashley’s relationship with Victoria?

I’m not really quite sure about it and I think there’s definitely [something] between the two of them for whatever reason. I think it may have to do with Victoria’s backstory and that she didn’t always come to money and she’s worked to the top while being a professional mother. I think that maybe Ashley admires that. I guess you can say. I don’t think that ambition is an unattractive quality to Victoria and I think Victoria and her have that in common. Whenever we are in scenes together we are careful to make sure that Victoria doesn’t talk down to Ashley or one hundred percent rude to her because there have been some cutting lines in the past that she’s fought hard to change.

Of course since the pilot Ashley and Emily’s dynamic has changed a bit. Are you hoping Ashley finds out more about Emily’s plans?

Nothing would make me happier than that! I mean I love working with Emily and the scenes working together are just some of my favorite times at work. [Laughs] I was so used to it for a while.

It would be great to see Ashley learn more. Every character seems to have their own motives. There’s no telling on what’s to come in season two!

Well…because there’s so many characters and because the time of events is so broad—I really think it could go on forever. We can say that Emily’s revenge is this season and we could continue to think that she’s the revenge mastermind until we find out that somebody else is puppeteering. I mean nobody wants a show to go on forever because they get boring but I definitely think there’s more than enough material for season two.

Exactly! Anything can happen. For instance, Jack definitely has shown a different side. Could we expect other characters to get fleshed out a bit?

Everyone has those preservations instincts in life and I kind of agree to give it, I know I’ve been showing that side to people. I don’t think that Jack changed. I think he just reacted to the situation he was in. I think if you put any of these characters in a stressful situation, they’re going to go off.

Could we be expecting a new romance soon?

I don’t have one. All season I’ve been blunted. With Tyler and at the birthday party there was a moment between Nolan and Ashley, which Gabe [Mann] and I really enjoy playing and we just kind of hope for more of that! Yeah we hope for it, but it just never turns out with so many unlikely alliances in this show. I really would love a juicy love story in this show and drama.

Winter is definitely making a scene in the Hamptons. Will there be new locations or a different mood that will come with the new season chill?

Well, I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I don’t think we’ll being going anywhere anytime soon. I think it was like episode 13 where there was a hurricane or a storm brewing and they really played off on that and it was windy and gray. I thought that looked really good and I hope we do more things like that.

Revenge is dramatic but what’s it like when the camera is off? Is there any inside jokes on set?

Well Emily and I, my character always has an iPad and it works so I use it to play Apps between takes and Emily gets really upset and says when I have the iPad I don’t pay enough attention to her. There have been a couple episodes where I don’t have it and we have this joke where Emily had some words about taking my iPad out of the show so I would pay more attention to her. We joke about that all the time. And if I get the iPad out, she kind of looks at me disapprovingly like I’m a selfish girl.

That’s hilarious. All of you are obviously so close. How would you describe each actor?

Emily, I’ll say is—this is a quote from her. She’ll say, “I’ll take care of business.” That’s what she says. If we need to organize a trip somewhere, like we went to Las Vegas for my birthday and it’s really hard organizing such a big group of people. I found it really hard to organize it. She came in one day and she was like, “You know what, I’ll take care of it.” And she did. Literally by the end of the day, everyone had booked his or her hotel room.

Gabe is a lover. He comes in every morning, no matter how early, and has a hug and a kiss for everybody.

And Christa’s [Allen] like a little girly girl and we really love talking about clothes and fashion.

What about some of the other guys like Nick [Wechsler] and Connor [Paolo]?

I see them outside of work. We never have any scenes together. All the other ones get to interact.

That really needs to happen. Ashley and the Porter boys in more scenes together would be great.

I know, right?

The cast is extremely sweet and the writing is just amazing. It must feel like a dream come true to be a part of it.

I mean, I’m so psyched to be a part of it. It’s a dream job to me. To be here shooting a show in L.A. with people that I love. It’s such a gift. There are TV shows that you work on and even though you’re working on and it’s a professional relationship, you become friends with them and it’s amazing and we’re all hanging out.

I know where I want Ashley to go but it’s not up to me and I know we’re going to flesh out the storyline of Victoria and Emily. I know that’s the main storyline and we’re going to flesh that out. And maybe we’ll hear anything more about us for season two.


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