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McKinzie chats with Swamp Thing Actresses, Crystal Reed and Virginia Madsen

Something unnatural is happening in the swamps outside Marais, Louisiana. When a mysterious illness strikes the town, CDC investigator (and former Marais native) Dr. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) is sent to investigate. At the hospital, she encounters biologist Alec Holland (Andy Bean) who believes the bizarre illness might be connected to his scientific work in the swamp for powerful businessman Avery Sunderland (Will Patton).

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it! Here’s our Entertainment Insider McKinzie Roth, as she chats with Crystal Reed and Virginia Madsen about their experiences making “Swamp Thing!”


Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 6th 8/7c on The CW

           Abby has a history with Avery and Maria Sunderland (Virginia Madsen), who still blames the young Arcane for the tragic death of her daughter years before.  But with a deadly swamp-born virus out there, something is wrong in Marais right now.  Along with Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cable (Henderson Wade), Abby once again crosses paths with Alec, but this time they encounter a terrifying, dark force that’s not only killed intruders, but is also taking control of its victims.  At Delroy’s Roadhouse, Abby consults her old friend and local reporter Liz Tremayne (Maria Sten) who has a lead deep in the swamp.  When Alec goes missing after investigating the unnatural experiments deep in the swamp, something else rises in his place:  Swamp Thing (Derek Mears), a mysterious creature born of the depths of the swamp’s mystical and terrifying secrets.  With nature wildly out of balance and coming for the people of Marais, in the end, it may take some Thing from the swamp to save it.

            Also starring Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable and Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, with a special appearance by Kevin Durand as brilliant biogeneticist Jason Woodrue, this one-hour drama series is filled with Southern Gothic twists and turns and characters who are corrupted by the supernatural forces that surround the town of Marais.  When these unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

            The series also stars Virginia Madsen (“Sideways,” “Dune,” “Candyman”), Andy Bean (“Power,” “It: Chapter Two)”, Henderson Wade (“Extant,” “Riverdale,” “The Last Ship”), Derek Mears (“The Flash,” “Predators,” “Friday the 13th”), Maria Sten (“Persuasion,” “Channel Zero”) and Jeryl Prescott (“The Walking Dead,” “Ray Donovan”) with Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance,” “The L Word”) and Will Patton (“Falling Skies,” “Halloween,” “Armageddon”). 

Dr. Abby Arcane in “Swamp Thing”

Crystal Reed stars as CDC Doctor Abby Arcane, her strong sense of empathy puts her at the center of a horrific, life-threatening epidemic in her hometown, in the sci-fi thriller “Swamp Thing.”

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Reed played Allison Argent on “Teen Wolf” for three seasons. She received back-to-back Teen Choice Award nominations for the role and won the Young Hollywood Award for Best Cast Ensemble.

She was also a series regular in the fourth season of “Gotham,” playing Sofia Falcone, the manipulative daughter of one of the city’s most iconic mob bosses. Additional small screen credits include “Drop Dead Diva,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: NY” and “Rizzoli & Isles.”

Reed was recently seen in acclaimed French director Pascal Laugier’s film “Incident in a Ghost Land,” which made the festival rounds in 2018. Other feature film credits include “Too Late,” opposite Academy Award nominee John Hawkes; “Crush,” opposite Lucas Till, “Jewtopia,” the sci-fi thriller “Skyline” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling.

She resides in Los Angeles.

Maria Sunderland in “Swamp Thing”

Virginia Madsen stars as Maria Sunderland, the wealthy matriarch of Marais. Privileged and proud, Maria is fed up with her husband Avery’s obsession with the swamp and drowning in grief from the loss of her daughter years earlier, in The CW’s Sci-fi thriller “Swamp Thing.”

Madsen is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and unique actresses to date. Not only did she receive amazing reviews for her Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated performance in Alexander Payne’s hit film, “Sideways,” but this Independent Spirit Award-winning actress has an illustrious resume of roles alongside the most notable and respected actors in the business.

In addition to “Swamp Thing,” Madsen has appeared in numerous television series including the Lifetime feature “The Anna Nicole Smith Story,” “Hell on Wheels,” and “Scoundrels,” alongside David James Elliott. Previously, she starred on the final season of “Monk” alongside Tony Shalhoub.

Madsen has currently wrapped the miniseries “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” opposite Patrick Dempsey. In addition to starring in the drama “American Gothic,” Madsen recently appeared in recurring roles on “Elementary” and “Designated Survivor.” In addition, she appeared in the Lifetime series “Witches of East End.”

In film, she can be seen in the independent feature “Her Smell” alongside Elisabeth Moss, which premiered this fall at TIFF. In addition, her film “1985” premiered at the acclaimed SXSW and Outfest film festivals. She also starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper in the feature “Joy” directed by David O. Russell. Other credits include the independent features “Burning Bodhi” and “A Change of Heart” directed by Kenny Ortega.

Her other films include “The Magic of Belle Isle,” directed by Rob Reiner opposite Morgan Freeman; the action thriller “Firewall,” starring opposite Harrison Ford; Robert Altman’s last film, “A Prairie Home Companion,” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and alongside Forest Whitaker in the existential drama “The Ripple Effect.” She also starred opposite Jim Carrey in the psychological thriller “The Number 23,” directed by Joel Schumacher, as well as opposite Billy Bob Thornton in “The Astronaut Farmer.”

Madsen’s other notable film credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker,” with Matt Damon; the cult classic “Candyman”; “Hot Spot,” directed by Dennis Hopper; HBO’s first feature “Long Gone,” and David Lynch’s “Dune.”