Madeleine Coghlan Talks New Film “Holidays” + Her Love for Antiquing

Madeleine Coghlan just had her breakout moment at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival!

The 20-year-old actress starred along side Kevin Smith and Seth Green in the independent horror film Holidays. Coghlan’s character Maxime portrays a modern day ‘Carrie’ in this film. As a school outcast, Maxime is out to get revenge from all the bullies.

We had the pleasure of chatting with Madeleine all about this dramatic role, her involvement with the NKLAPet Adoption Center, and she even gave us the scoop on a project she’s working on with Radio Disney! Check out the exclusive Q&A below.

Holidays is available for rent on Amazon, Vudu and Google Play.

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Celeb Secrets: Congrats on your breakout role in Holidays with Kevin Smith and Seth Green! The film debuted April 14th at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. How did the premier go?

Madeleine Coghlan: “Thank You! It was so exciting to be in New York with the cast. It was also really special to see the movie with an audience and hear the moments where they screamed or laughed.”

Celeb Secrets: You play a girl named ‘Maxine’, a modern-day ‘Carrie’, the school outcast who is bullied and out to get revenge. How was it like playing an intricate character? 

Madeleine Coghlan: “It was really interesting playing the “school outcast,” because growing up, I always felt like a bit of an outsider. When kids in middle school were rocking skinny jeans and converse, I preferred 1930s dresses and bell-bottoms. I was bullied in school, and it was a hard time for me, so I ‘ve tried to block out that period of my life. Getting cast as this character was difficult but ultimately empowering, because it forced me to come to terms with my past and I was able to use those experiences to get in to the character of Maxine.”


Celeb Secrets: Do you prefer to play dramatic/thriller roles or more comical roles?

Madeleine Coghlan: “This is a hard one because I have a passion for both. My most recent roles have been dark characters but I’ve been studying comedy at The Groundlings, working on writing and developing comedic sketches and characters.”

Celeb Secrets: To date, what was your favorite project you have worked on?

Madeleine Coghlan: “I think my favorite project has been Holidays. I felt challenged in so many new ways, whether it was jumping backwards off a diving board over and over to get the right close up, or tapping in to my own repressed memories in order to better understand my character. The directors, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, were also incredible, and made the shooting of a dark horror film actually feel like fun.”

Celeb Secrets: How was it like balancing acting and pursuing your dreams while attending high school? Now college courses and career?

Madeleine Coghlan: “Balancing acting and high school was never the easiest. I knew I wanted to finish high school, but I also knew that after graduating, I wanted to fully focus on pursuing my dreams. I love to read and write so in addition to being exposed to some great literary works, I think attending high school was really helpful in giving me life experience to pull from for different acting roles.”

Celeb Secrets: If someone could write you the perfect role, what would it be?

Madeleine Coghlan: “This is tough! I really do love both comedy and drama so I think it would probably be some sort of combination, like a dark comedy. I also have a weird obsession with playing characters with supernatural powers, so I think it would be interesting to be someone who experiences real human emotions and complexities while possessing superhuman powers.”

Celeb Secrets: Who are some actors/actresses that you look up to?

Madeleine Coghlan: “So many! I love Marion Cotillard, Sally Field, and Rachel McAdams. There also might be a chance that I want to be Eddie Redmayne.”


Celeb Secrets:  What else do you have planned for the rest of 2016? Working on any new projects?

Madeleine Coghlan: “I do have a couple projects in the works! I’ve been working with Radio Disney on releasing some fun improv based videos, which is great because I get to write as well as act in them! I’m getting to do them with one of my best friends, Chase Rosenberg, who I met at Groundlings. We’ll also be collaborating with different Disney actors and performers for some of the videos, so keep an eye out for those coming out soon!”

Celeb Secrets: You’re a huge animal lover and very involved with the NKLAPet Adoption Center. How did you get involved with this organization?

Madeleine Coghlan: “I grew up in an animal loving household. My mom raised me a vegetarian, and we had rescue dogs as pets, but I always hated the idea that some of the shelter dogs we couldn’t rescue would be put down. Our neighbor first got me involved with NKLA, which is an incredible organization working to end the killing of shelter cats and dogs.”

Celeb Secrets: I noticed one of your hobbies includes antiquing. Please give us some details behind that! 

Madeleine Coghlan: “Well it started with my love of vintage clothing, and then gradually progressed to seeking out antique furniture and other pieces. I go to a lot of estate sales in LA, which are usually in really old houses and filled with collectibles. I think my mom has now put a cap on my 1940s hat collection, but if you happen to know of anyone looking to get rid of a 1920s music box, I’d gladly take it off their hands…”

Celeb Secrets: You’re a very active girl and we love that! How did you start incorporating kickboxing into your everyday schedule?

Madeleine Coghlan: “I used to be a competitive cheerleader and gymnast, so I was always active growing up. Anyone who knows me may tell you I’m just a touch over competitive, and maybe a tiny bit hyper so kickboxing is a fun way to get out some of that crazy energy, so I don’t drive my friends and family crazy. You also learn some good self-defense moves, which makes me feel stronger and more confident just in my daily life.”

Celeb Secrets: Since we are Celeb Secrets… tell us something most people don’t know about you.

Madeleine Coghlan: “Well a lot of people don’t know about the period in my childhood where I told people I was part ghost. However, I don’t think people will be surprised to hear that. I also write a lot of poetry!”


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