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Maddie Hasson doesn’t want anything to come easily (The Last Magazine)

In the new Doug Liman series Impulse, it feels as if Maddie Hasson’s range on camera has finally been found. The 23-year-old actor has already appeared in both network dramas and feature films, but nowhere has she been more captivating than as Henrietta “Henry” Coles, an outcast teenager whose ordeals precipitate a new supernatural power. Hasson brings a complex array of emotions to the screen with Henry, but for her, it’s only the first of many challenges she wants to tackle in her burgeoning career.

Hasson grew up in North Carolina, but by sixteen she was already taking trips to audition in Los Angeles. “It was sort of a fluke,” she says, recalling her youth in theater. “One of my play directors said, ‘There’s this movie auditioning in town and you should go for it.’ I went out for it and the casting director sent my tape to the manager I’m still with today and he signed me that week. So I got really, really lucky. it doesn’t happen that way usually, I think.” She soon landed starring roles in the television shows The Finder and Twisted, as well as roles in feature films including the part of country singer Billie Jean opposite Tom Hiddleston’s Hank Williams in I Saw The Light, before landing the lead in Impulse. Read More



Maddie Hasson is the reason ‘Impulse’ is your next Youtube binge-watch (The Coveteur)

After her character’s traumatic event, she discovers she can teleport. It’s a sci-fi even the sci-fi averted will be obsessed with.

If you were taking a stroll by Broadway and Howard some odd days ago, you would have spotted a platinum blonde, Valentino frothy-red-gown-wearing Maddie Hasson twirling as she beelined for the pretzel stand on the other side of the crosswalk. We managed to lens a few shots before she downed the entire doughy knot. Did we mention this was ~after~ we snuck onto our Coveteur HQ rooftop for an impromptu photo shoot and got kicked off? Yeah, that happened. You know what, though, Hasson was just about up for anything we threw at her, as long as it ended in the right shot. That’s something she has in common with her character Henry—a rebellious 16-year-old who discovers she can teleport during a traumatic assault—in YouTube’s original series Impulse; she oozes confidence.

We sat down with Hasson to talk about the challenges of playing her destructive teleport scenes, the importance of exploring the assault throughout the series, and what she’s binge-watching right now.

On what drew her to the role:

“I needed a job [laughs], so I auditioned for it. I’m not a big deal, you know what I mean? It’s not like people send me scripts leisurely and are like, ‘Here you go, just take it, we love you.’ You have to work for it. I really love Henry. Henry was the thing that drew me to this, because she’s such a real character. She’s not any one particular thing for the sake of being it. She’s not strong so she could seem like a badass; she’s not likable for the sake of being likable. She’s just a real, human character, and I love that about her.”

How YouTube provided a space to take a risk:

“You know what, it was different than any other TV show I’ve done. Because I’ve done two other TV shows, both on big networks. It was different, because I think it’s quite new, and so they’re interested in taking a lot of risks. They didn’t try to tailor the show to fit YouTube’s brand—they gave us a lot of freedom, which was very refreshing. We say ‘fuck’ a lot in the show, which not a lot of teen shows on networks get to. It’s understandable, but we don’t do that in our show at all.”

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Maddie Hasson, Unearthed (WWD)

After roles in “Novitiate” and “I Saw the Light,” Maddie Hasson, the star of new web series “Impulse,” is poised for her breakout year.

“I think I sort of got found.”

Maddie Hasson carries the confidence of an actress long in the profession, though she’s a name relatively unknown. The 23-year-old is poised, sure of herself and deceptively stylish, and Hollywood is catching on.

The Wilmington, N.C., native grew up doing theater and was scouted by a manager when she was 15, after her theater director urged her to attend a film audition; she’s still with the same manager today. “I think I got very lucky,” she says.

It would be a year longer for her to convince her mother that uprooting to Los Angeles wasn’t an entirely insane idea. “She let me go to L.A. for a month. And she went with me, and she said ‘If you get a job, we can keep coming back.’ So there was no like, ‘we’re going to move to L.A. right now when you’re 16.’ She was not having that,” Hasson says. “Luckily; I think that I probably wouldn’t have handled that well. It’s a good mom move; go mom.”

Hasson is in New York on a press leg for her new show “Impulse” on YouTube Premium, a breakout thriller series from director Doug Liman of “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” fame. She plays Henry, a headstrong 16-year-old girl who discovers she can teleport.

“I loved her from the very beginning,” Hasson says of Henry. “She really knows who she is for a 16-year-old. And nobody in the writing team or producing team or directing team ever tried to stifle that strength just because she’s a young female character. They really went with it, which was refreshing.”

It’s assumed, then, that she’s read many parts that were otherwise.

“I think the unfortunate thing is, when you get a strong female character, the breakdown will often say something like ‘she’s sassy, or bratty or angsty.’ And you’re like, ‘no, she’s just pissed off. Like, she’s tired of your shit, and she’s tired of being called sassy, and bratty and angsty,’” Hasson says.

Hasson’s previous credits include the 2015 film “I Saw the Light” alongside Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen and last year’s “Novitiate” with Melissa Leo, Dianna Agron and Margaret Qualley. She teases that the project she’s currently at work on is something “I can’t talk about it,” but that she’s looking for a challenge.

“[My management] send me a lot of tough female characters because I think they think that I’m tough,” she says. “But I don’t want to rest in that — I want to go and do something different.

For the “Impulse” press trip, she’s begun working with celebrity stylist Molly Dickson, a former assistant of Leslie Fremar who, since going on her own, has built a roster of some of young Hollywood’s best-dressed new faces including Sadie Sink, Katherine Langford and Joey King. For the day, Dickson has pulled a Dior skirt suit that fits Hasson’s preference for being “very covered up.”

“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” Hasson says. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses. I like to be covered — it makes me feel very strong and powerful…to have layers and a high neckline, and big trousers and a big coat.”

The occasions for the stylist only seem to be increasing.

“It’s fun having a stylist; I like it. It’s a new thing for me, but I’m so into it,” she says. “I’m so on board with the whole thing.”

SOURCE WWD



Meet the Young It Actress Who’s Taking Style Cues From Anna Wintour

What does it take to be the next big thing? Whether you say innovation, irreverence, or a lot of flash, it’s undeniably the elusive It factor—that can’t-look-away but also can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it instinct. And we’re doubling down for It Girl, It Brand, our latest series speaking to who and what are on the edge of being huge.

This time around, we found something quite kismet in the pairing of actress Maddie Hasson and the Australian label Albus Lumen. The two have their differences: Hasson is making a name for herself as an on-screen (and style) chameleon of sorts, yet the brand, led by Marina Afonina, has made a solid impression for its consistent, strong message of being laid-back yet refined thanks to Afonina’s structured but non-stiff silhouettes, medley of desert colors, and signature tie belts. The biggest similarity between this It brand and It girl? They both make it all look so easy.

“I would probably teleport out of a party to somewhere with pasta,” laughs Maddie Hasson, a woman clearly after our own hearts. Within just a few minutes of meeting the actress, we learn not only that she’s down for a carb-loading session at L.A.’s Gusto but also that she has an affinity for getting dressed up and names Anna Wintour among her style icons (yes and yes!). But it’s not just Hasson’s taste in food and fashion that makes her obsession material—we have to credit the former North Carolina native’s latest on-screen performances for landing her firmly on our radar.

While Hasson’s breakout came via the 2014 ABC Family series Twisted, we were introduced to the rising star in last year’s Novitiate as the rule-breaking nun-in-training Sister Sissy (a fantastic and emotional watch we highly recommend). This month, however, Hasson finds herself in a completely different role of note, that of time-traveling teenager Henrietta “Henry” Cole in the YouTube Red drama series Impulse. Hasson’s performance is nothing short of fantastic, proving once again her star power is no flash in a pan.

Impulse has all the makings of a great sci-fi thriller—an on-the-edge-of-your-seat plot packed with action—but setting it apart from the countless others is the independent young heroine at the center of the story. It’s that which drew Hasson to the project right away, the opportunity to play a well-written female character who is flawed yet still fully sure of herself—a rare find in Hollywood. “I don’t think that’s something commonly portrayed in young characters, especially young female characters, because people have this misconception that because you are young and a woman you can’t have a good understanding of who you are already,” Hasson says. As such, she praises the writers for brilliantly crafting a 16-year-old who isn’t likable just for the sake of it.

Yet while a strong female character is an attractive draw for an actor, Hasson isn’t afraid to portray someone on the opposite end of the spectrum either. In fact, in a perfect world, you won’t see her playing the same character twice. Though most newcomers don’t have the luxury of being choosy about their projects, Hasson is careful to not pigeonhole herself into one type of character early on, a smart effort to showcase her range. If all goes to plan, we’ll see an entirely different Hasson next. In her words, “someone meeker, less sure of herself.”

Luckily, Hasson is no stranger to an identity change, particularly when it pertains to her own personal style. Looking at Hasson in front of us, polished in classic silhouettes and with sun-drenched locks, it’s hard to believe she went through a “huge” Goth phase. Hasson credits her husband, composer Julian Brink, for her style 180. So in lieu of taking style cues from Courtney Love (her former muse), she found inspiration from Anna Wintour’s uniform: cool jackets paired with long skirts and boots. “I really like being covered now,” she says. “It makes me feel very powerful for some reason.” With warmer days upon us, though, Hasson tells us she is settling into a heavy rotation of lightweight linen dresses—like we said, a woman after our own fashion hearts.

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Get to Know ‘Impulse’ Star Maddie Hasson with These 10 Fun Facts

The new series Impulse (a sequel to the 2008 movie Jumper) just premiered on YouTube Premium and we caught up with star Maddie Hasson to learn more about her!

The 23-year-old actress is best known for starring in the ABC Family series Twisted and for her work in the movie I Saw the Light.

Here are 10 Fun Facts she shared with us:

1. Maddie is short for Madelaine and my middle name is Louise.
2. I’m very shy.
3. I don’t drink alcohol.
4. I have a whippet named Leo who is also very shy and doesn’t drink alcohol.
5. I got married at 20 (best decision I ever made).
6. I danced competitively as a child from age 8 to 14.
7. I love high waisted trousers.
8. I love Love and romantic movies.
9. Running really calms me down when I get anxious, which is often!
10. Impulse was the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had, and I’m so deeply proud of it.

Watch the new series Impulse now on YouTube Premium!

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The Hollywood Reporter – Videos

Impulse’ star Maddie Hasson joins THR to talk about her new show. “When I first read it, I got this sense of dread that you get when you know you could do something really well, but it’s not yours yet,” Hasson told THR.

Maddie Hasson joins THR for another round of ‘Finish This Sentence!’ She talks of her ‘Killing Eve’ obsession, ‘Practical Magic,’ and more!



Go Away With … Maddie Hasson

Actress Maddie Hasson says that when she thinks of travel, she thinks of her husband, Julian Brink. “He is very related to travel for me,” says Hasson, 23. “I do all of my traveling with him, including a lot of firsts. South Africa was the first really different and exciting place I went to and I went with him.” The star of Doug Liman’s highly anticipated new YouTube Red series, “Impulse” — which premiers on June 6th — Hasson keeps fans updated on her work and travels on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Q. What was it like visiting your husband’s home country of South Africa?

A. It was wonderful. I’ve been so lucky, because I got to experience it in a way that a lot of Americans don’t get to do, since I was with someone who grew up there. I went to Cape Town and stayed there for three days. When we go back, I will make it a week-long thing, because there’s a lot to see and it can be overwhelming unless you have a game plan and time.

Q. People sometimes say they couldn’t wait to get away from their hometown. How did you feel about leaving Wilmington, N.C., where you grew up?

A. It’s one of my favorite places now, but for sure, I had that. When I was 13 or so, I sat on my front porch and just cried and had a full-blown tantrum: “I don’t belong here! I have to get out of here!” (Laughs) (My mother) was a saint. She dealt with a lot from me. I was the worst.

Q. Do you enjoy going on road trips?

A. I love them. We took a lot of trips to Florida when I was a kid. Because we lived in North Carolina, the place you vacation when growing up on that coast is Florida. It’s a go-to. The last one Julian and I took was to Joshua Tree and it was really cool. We packed the car with snacks and stayed at an Airbnb in the middle of the desert. That was my first time there and it was very relaxing. You could see all the stars.

Q. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your travels?

A. I feel like you think that wherever you grow up is the center of the world and that your language is the most important. I think a lot of Americans, especially, have that idea. The more you travel, the more you realize that is so not the case. There’s so much more to be explored and there are so many cultures in the world. Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s bad or shouldn’t be respected. It’s really fun to be immersed in a really different culture that you’re not used to. You realize how there’s no blanket normal for how things are done.

Q. When you visited Sri Lanka, did you get a feel for what it’s like being a minority?

A. That’s a difficult question to answer, because I don’t think I’ll ever understand what it’s like to be a minority. But you are out of the ordinary with fair skin and a hair color that really catches the light. People notice you more. But it’s not anything negative, it’s more curiosity, because (someone like me is) not seen every day.

Q. How are you with foreign languages?

A. I’m so bad. I’m trying to learn Afrikaans. Julian’s family will speak to each other in Afrikaans when they’re trying to say something so the kids don’t understand, and I can’t play along. I want to learn, but I don’t have an ear for languages.

Q. Which city surprised you with its cuisine?

A. You know what? Toronto has really good food and I didn’t really expect it. There are incredible restaurants where I’ve had some of the best meals in my entire life. And a lot of people think about London for high tea, and it is really good there. But the best high tea I’ve ever had was at the Belmond Mount Nelson in Cape Town. It was just beautiful and incredible.

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. I am an anxious flier. Since I first started taking a lot of trips when I was 16 and flying a lot, I would take this stuffed animal I have named Snowflake — a cat that I’ve had since I was 3. I still take her in my luggage; also, an empty suitcase for souvenirs, so that I can pack trinkets and stuff when I come back home.

Q. Many people don’t dress up anymore when they fly. As an actress who’ll be photographed, is it difficult to look put together when you travel?
A. Julian’s a very good dresser, so that’s rubbed off on me. I can’t wear sweatpants on the plane anymore, because I’ll look weird sitting next to him. I try to get very slouchy, comfortable pants that will be easy to wear for long hours. You can get chic lookings ones from J Crew or Anthropologie or anywhere. I’m trying not to be outdone by my own husband. (Laughs.)

Q. What are some of your favorite cities?
A. London, New York, Johannesburg, my hometown of Wilmington. I like Los Angeles a lot now. It’s really easy to hate. It’s very spread out, so you have to find your pocket, which I have done in the last two years.

Q. If you had the choice of eating at a street cart or visiting a fine dining restaurant, which would be your first inclination?
A. Fine dining. I like to be waited on. I like to feel fancy and put on a pair of fancy shoes and earrings. But I am still a fan of street car food and will eat a meal with sweatpants on. I ate a whole pizza and a pint of ice cream by myself, because I was celebrating. We don’t drink, so I celebrate with food and it was incredible. Eating is so much fun. I’ve started to care less about eating too much or gaining too much weight, which is something you have to worry about as an actress, unfortunately.

SOURCE CHICAGO TRIBUNE



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