Madeleine Martin on New Shelley of 'Hemlock Grove': 'She Just Wants to Be a Normal Teenage Girl'
Madeleine Martin as Shelley in a scene from Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' Season 2 (Brooke Palmer/Netflix)
One of the changes on Hemlock Grove this season is that Shelley, the outwardly monstrous daughter (experiment?) of the Godfrey clan, has been recast with actress Madeleine Martin (Californication). Or maybe just "cast" would be better since in the first season, she was played by a variety of actors and stand-ins.
As you can see in the above photo, she still looks much like she did last season, but she's not as covered up and hunched over. In fact, thanks to special effects, we'll be seeing more of Shelley than ever. Yahoo TV spoke with Martin about taking on the role, what Shelley will be up to this season, and why she didn't even watch the first season of the Netflix series.
When we last saw Shelley, she took two shotgun blasts to the chest and still made it back for Season 2. How does it feel to play a lady Terminator?
Martin: [Laughs] That might be my favorite way anyone's ever put it! It feels amazing. Shelley, yes, does make it to Season 2. She's on the run, being hunted, and has fled Hemlock Grove. I love Shelley. She's such a compelling character because she's both conceived and created.
What did you think of the character when you first saw her?
Martin: I sympathized with the character immediately: this girl who doesn't look like a girl, and she's rejected by society because of her appearance. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl.
How did the producers explain the character to you?
Martin: They showed me a picture of her, and they said that she's kind of similar to Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein. I think they actually said this exact phrase, which I like: that she was the most hideous person on the show, but that she was the most beautiful on the inside. Which is, of course, what no girl wants to hear! [Laughs] And I was, like, "Perfect! I'll do it!"
And they explained that Famke's [Janssen] character is probably the most beautiful on the show, and yet, on the inside, she has a heart of stone. Obviously, she portrays the character in a much more interesting light than that and she's multifaceted. But I found that idea really interesting, that Shelley is hideous to society, but she's like a child on the inside.
Nicole Boivin as Shelley Godfrey in Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' Season 1
Shelley's already been played by a few different actors. Did you get to talk to any of them for tips?
Martin: I worked with Michael [Andreae], who plays Shelley's body with me this season. We collaborated on her. He's 6-foot-7, so he's very crucial for bringing Shelley to life; I am barely 5-foot-3. But that is very helpful for all the action scenes; the crew really knows what they're doing, having two people doing that.