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Exclusive interview with Maggie Wagner, film actress at New York and Hollywood

By Jean-Paul Eliard
The 10 october 2016 
 

Maggie Wagner is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio . at this writing she has acted in over 75 films. in 1990 
she was Cadt in " For the Boys " with Bette Midler . 
it was her first big Hollywood film for twentieth century fox.. directed by her uncle Mark Rydell.  
in 1986 she appeared in the film " Working Girl" with Melanie Griffith directed by Mike Nichols. 
 

Hello Maggie, can you introduce visitors to cinema-movietheater.com?

Bonjour ! I'm Maggie Wagner . I'm an American actress, born in New York City. I started acting at the age of 8 in summer camp, and basically have never stopped. However, 
I was not a professional child actress, and did not go pro until the age of 23. I went to Skidmore College and it is really there that I discovered an uncanny ability for acting. I highly recommend going to College, because having a higher education will help you in every facet of your life..just makes you a whole lot smarter. I was actually studied French in College..
oui, je parle Francais (that helps too!)
 

Why did you choose to be an actress ?

But lets talk about the past a little. Growing up in New York City was a perfect place to develop a passion for movies and film. theatres were all around my neighborhood. I started going to films by myself at age 11. I would sit in the movie theatre for two horror films and never think twice about it. Nowadays I don't think kids that can go to movies alone. 
I remember the feeling of wanting to be in the film more than I wanted to be sitting in the theatre. 
At age 12 I saw the movie "Funny Girl" starring Barbra Streisand and by the end of the film I had decided that I was going to be a movie star. I had no idea how to make that happen of course. But I did have an uncle names Mark Rydell ( On GOLDEN POND , THE ROSE, FOR THE BOYS) who was a movie director..So I started to put the pieces together in my mind . But first I had to get acting training

What is the roleyou have played, who was the hardest but the most rewarding for you?

 I think I ran home and asked my mom to put me in acting classes . I started training in the childrens program of The Neighborhood Playhouse. Ok now we will cut to age 22. I attended (after college) the adult program at The Neighborhood Playhouse school of acting. Then started auditioning in New York at age 23.   Now, almost 29 years later , I am still acting professionally. 
 

What kind of movies do you like?

I do not have a favorite film role because I don't think that I have had that role yet.  I love acting and its all fun for me . But I did do a film with Daniel Baldwin called "The Wisdom To Know The Difference" in which I won the best supporting actress at The Long Beach International Film Festival in 2014.  That role as the crazy Momma is one that remains a favorite. I hope you all see it!
I also was in a film directed by my brother Andrew Wagner called "The Talent Given Us" (available on Amazon) ..shot in 2004. I played myself in the film with my whole immediate family. The film went on to win several awards and got into the the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
 

What role would you play and what kind of film?

I love comedy and I have alwayd had a knack for it. But I would love to star in a film like Paranormal Activity or The Conjuring. Im a big horror fan and that genre really attracts me. Of course I have always dreamed of doing a film in France!! I hope that I get the chance one day.

You win the "Long Beach International Film Festival - Maggie Wagner Wins Best

Supporting Actress" Have you won other Award?

I have won 2 best supporting actress awards. Along with "Wisdom" which i mentioned before , I also won for "The Last Case of August T Harrison", a horror film shot in Malibu and Venice in 2015. 
 

What is your next challenge?

My next challenge is a short film that I am doing here in New York called "MoM"
I play a kooky mother ...my favorite new role!
 

Thank you too for this interview Maggie, you can visit her website Maggiewagner.net and wish you the best as actress

 

 

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