Hollywood Newcomer Maddy Curley Proves She Can "Stick It"
- Monday, April 24, 2006
Q: What made you decide to go to UNC-Chapel Hill?
A: I wanted to go to a college with a great education as well as a great gymnastics program. And, I got a full scholarship, which helped with my decision (laughs).
Q: That’s a very competitive school. You must have had really good grades, being from out of state.
A: I had a 4.0.
Q: I always find it interesting that the best athletes are almost always the best students as well.
A: UNC has the highest GPA of any college gymnastics team. If you slip even a little, our coach, Derek Galvin, will take you off the team until you get your grades back up. I loved that about it – being the smartest team (laughs).
Q: How common are gymnastics scholarships?
A: Not very – there just aren’t that many offered. UNC only had one in state and one out-of-state. Other colleges have a little more, but it’s definitely very competitive.
Q: You were a great gymnast and a great student. How in the world did you find the time to do any acting?
A: I was at the gym 4 hours a day, 6 days a week. On Saturdays we had practices and competitions from January to May. But summers growing up, I was a member of The Petite Players, a summer acting program for kids in Tallahassee. I played a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” and Luisa in “The Sound of Music." In college, I was finally able to focus on it, however. My coach was very accommodating and wanted us to have a life outside of gymnastics. You don’t really do gymnastics after college, so I did a lot of plays. I was part of an improv group where we performed.
Q: So this is your first big role.
A: It was actually my first audition for a film.
Q: How did you manage to get the part? Through your agent?
A: No – I got an agent afterwards. An acquaintance from an acting class who was working for a casting agency asked around for my email address. She told me I should come and audition for it. I got so excited I went straight up to DC and auditioned. Then I got called back and called back again. They made a DVD and sent it out, and then I went out to LA and auditioned again. Then I waited a really long time. I was very fortunate to have the director’s email address.
Q: So tell me about making the movie.
A: Well, it was the best experience of my life. I loved going in every single day. It feels exactly like what you would think it would, if you were a star! They would ask me what I wanted for breakfast, then I would go into the hair and makeup trailer and they would do my hair and makeup. Then I would go into wardrobe and they would tell me what to wear (although I wore a leotard every single day). Then we’d go down to the set, or you could wait until someone called you.
Q: Were you down there every day?
A: Every second! I wanted to see everything that went on, all the time. So you just waited until you did you scene. I had no idea you did it from four different angles – from the back, the front, the side. Now, when I watch a movie, I have so much respect for them. I know what it took to get a shot. A lot of my friends got to come and visit me on set, and they appreciate it now, too.
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