Madeline Brewer Bio, Age, Family, Movies And TV Shows

Madeline Brewer Biography

Madeline Brewer (Madeline Kathryn Brewer) is an American actress who has appeared in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and Hemlock Grove, the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, and the Netflix horror film Cam.

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Madeline Brewer Age

Brewer was born on May 1, 1992, in Pitman, New Jersey, U.S. She is 26 years old as of 2018.

Madeline Brewer Family

Brewer was born and raised by Laurie and Mark Brewer. Her father is Head of International Development in the Faculty of Business and Law and her mother is an actress known for Through Raging Storms.

Madeline Brewer Height

Brewer is 1.6 m tall.

Madeline Brewer Career

Madeline Brewer is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and was crowned Miss Pitman in high school in 2010. Brewer began her career after portraying Tricia Miller in the original Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. In 2016, she appeared in “Men Against Fire”, an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.

Madeline Brewer Orange Is The New Black (Tricia Miller)

Patricia “Tricia” Miller was a recurring character on Orange Is the New Black. Miller, who suffered from drug addiction, was one of the youngest inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary, at 19 years old. She died during the first season.

Madeline Brewer CAM (Alice / Lola)

Armed with the information that she was up against an online virus that had stolen her identity, Alice knew how to use both FGL’s system of performing in order to receive tokens, and how to use Lola 2.0’s lack of humanity against it. Her main goal was to trick the bot into giving her back access to her account, which she did by exploiting her very human physical vulnerability – that she can be hurt for real. It was a shocking and gory gamble to disfigure herself that paid off for Alice.

Earlier in the film, Alice was able to rise in the FGL rankings because she faked suicide by pretending to slice her own throat. Lola 2.0 upped the ante after taking over Alice’s account by faking suicide by blowing her own brains out with a gun. It was so real-looking that Alice was traumatized as she watched, but then Lola 2.0 was mysteriously unharmed. However, Alice knew to exploit that she could actually hurt herself live whereas the bot couldn’t – and the fans watching live would be able to tell the difference.

Madeline Brewer Movies

Flesh and Blood
Captive State

Madeline Brewer TV Shows

Orange Is the New Black
Tricia Miller
Hemlock Grove
Miranda Cates
Claudia Burke
Billie Trump
Black Mirror
The Deleted
The Handmaid’s Tale

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Madeline Brewer Interview

So when did Cam come into your life?

After the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, I met Danny and Isa, and in my hiatus from season one I did this precious angel, Alice in Cam. And I mean, I’m an actor and I live in Los Angeles, so I go on a million auditions before I get one. I’ve been lucky that the ones I have gotten have been for characters that I connect with deeply. Not only that, they’re just characters that I like and enjoy as human beings. So, yeah, I’m pretty stoked that I didn’t get cast in a really shitty pilot. I got cast in some really good stuff.

How do you get into the mind-set of someone like Janine or Alice, these women who are just so vulnerable to the world?

First of all, they’re beautifully written. They’re whole characters, fully formed, just interesting people. Also, to a fault, I’m an empathetic person. If I see someone walking down the street and they trip, it hurts my stomach. I can’t deal with other people’s hurt or embarrassment or fear. I just feel it for them on like a cellular level. So I think that’s a reason I find those deeper parts of the characters. Then I break down what is similar. What are our likes and dislikes? What is true about me that’s also true about them? But I never assign to any character something that doesn’t do them justice. So many people ask me if Janine is feminist. I think Janine is a feminist, but she doesn’t say it that way, which is so true of so many women. They believe everything that I believe in. They fight for the same things for which I fight, but they don’t call themselves feminists. They’re not comfortable with it. Whatever, we’re all just fighting.

You also tend to play women who are confined by extreme circumstances and are working through pretty deep trauma. Tricia is in prison in Orange Is the New Black. Janine is a handmaid, and then Alice is in this crazy existential war with her digital self. Is that taxing for you?

The weird thing is that I feel so at home and so at peace with them — Janine specifically. I literally put on a second skin. I relate to her and I love her so much, my little J. With Tricia it was like I put on the prison jumpsuit and got the rows in my hair and started adapting to her way of being. Alice was difficult because she looks like me. I couldn’t escape in Alice, and that’s why I think so much of her is imbued with my own intense anxiety. I can escape in Janine and I could escape in Tricia and just move in them freely, and as Janine I’m under six robes. I don’t think about what my body looks like. And let’s face it, I’m an actor in Hollywood and I’m 26. I think about what my body looks like. I think about Oh my God! My arm’s jiggling! I don’t think about that with Janine, and it’s so freeing not to think about all that shit. That’s all I thought about for a lot of the shoot on Cam, but I know in my mind Alice does not think about her body the way that I think about my body. I don’t want to assign any of my bullshit to my characters, so I’m not going to assign my body dysmorphia to Alice. I go to them to escape me. I don’t have to escape them.

So do you take these roles almost in reaction to your anxieties?

I think it’s all growing, truly. My friend Nina Kiri, who’s on The Handmaid’s Tale as well, she plays Alma. I was with her when I read Cam. I was in Toronto. After I auditioned, I came back and told her, “I think I’ve got this role. I don’t know. I’m scared of it.” She’s like, “You have to do this.” And I’m like, “Why?” And she said, “Because you’re scared.” And I wasn’t like, “Oh, no! I don’t want to show my boobs!” I was like, “This is a hard role to play. There’s a lot involved.” It was a lot of work, but I’m not afraid of the work. I love work. I was afraid to fuck it up, truly. I was afraid to not do justice to the story that Danny and Isa wanted to tell. I hate to sound so actory, but I am at the mercy of the character. I care about them so deeply.

I’m very lucky that each and every one of these characters has forced me to confront something about myself. Alice forces me to confront my own feelings about my body, and forces me to confront my own performative femininity in a way. Janine forces me to confront my perpetual pessimism, and I learn through them. I grow through them, and that’s why I feel so blessed to play them. But I also think that’s why I am so connected to them. It’s like they’re a piece of me. You always look so fondly at your formative years where you kind of became who you were meant to be. That’s how I feel about each character I’ve played. They’ve taken me to the next part of my journey as a person.

The battle between the authentic self and the manufactured persona is at the core of Cam, but that seems like it could parallel the experience of being an actress who performs for work, and who also has to perform in the public theater as this glitzy star.

That is definitely in my life, my performative identity and the person that people expect me to be, and sometimes you just don’t want to perform. You just want to lay on the couch and binge watch American Vandal. People think that because you’re on TV you’re a millionaire or that everything you wear is designer or your hair’s always clean. That’s just not true. I’m sorry. I didn’t shower today. When I posted pictures of me at the Emmys and I looked really good, I was actually on the couch just like a gremlin, eating Fruity Pebbles, you know? It’s disorienting because everybody falls into the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter trap of Oh my God, their life is so fucking perfect, and I’m a failure, and I’m fat, and my nose is too big, and my tits are too small, and no one like that will ever love me. It makes me sick, and I think there is definitely an element of that in the Alice/Lola world.

And much like in Cam, it feels like that pressure comes from external sources you have to compete with, but those can be blocked out. The really toxic fight is the one between the real you and this idealized version of yourself you feel like you have to live up to.

Right, and everybody has that internal war. I mean, I do it every day. I fucking hate Instagram. I’m going to delete it as soon as I’m famous! Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t have an Instagram, so I’m not going to have Instagram, and it’s like, no, I just fucking love it. I live for it. It does something to me, fucking pumping that dopamine.

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