Funny girl Ariana Madix, “Jill of all trades”: Making moves on screen and off


Actress Ariana Madix left the East Coast behind her to pursue a career in sunny California. After her cross country move a couple years ago, Madix has successfully made a home for herself in Los Angeles. She’s built an impressive portfolio of versatile acting projects, fun modeling gigs, adventure and still makes time for fostering at-risk animals in the LA area.

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Ariana Madix. Photographed by Isaac Alvarez, Hair and Makeup: Alissa Moore, Assistant: Sergio Mejia, Stylist Sarah Chorley, Location: Photo Film Stage.

Most recently, Madix wrapped up the third season of Vanderpump Rules, guest starred on FOX networks’ TV sitcom, Dads, and in her free time she’s an expert equestrian, flower child and animal rescue advocate and future philanthropist. Madix talks to FELIX about her passions and current projects:

Melissa Wong: Aside from Vanderpump Rules, what are some other film projects you’ve been working on?

Ariana Madix: I did work on the sitcom Dads last year, and I am looking forward to doing more television projects this year when the episodic season picks up again. I absolutely love doing comedy. It is so creatively satisfying to make people laugh. It’s like a math problem for me, and I love math! Nerd alert! I have always wanted to produce my own writing and I have gotten back into that mindset recently. The funniest things to me are the moments that are most true and specific to real life. You watch something and feel like someone set up secret cameras on your most embarrassing or goofy moments.

MW: Yes! Laughing is good for the soul! What about non-film projects?

AM: I have been modeling a lot more recently. It is something that I feel like I am getting better at. It’s a skill that requires tons and tons of practice. Some photographers are so serious or stressed about getting a good shot that they forget that it should be fun! That’s when I bust out my ugliest poses and faces. My ugly skills are off the charts.

MW: That’s too funny! I agree. I think it’s important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Earlier this year, I saw that you were modeling for Flower Gypsies. It is SUCH a cute line! How did you get involved with them?

AM: Flower Gypsies is a line of flower crowns and accessories owned by one of my good friends Gabby LaRussa. I was introduced to her by my amazing friend Olivia Alexander, owner of The Crystal Cult. The two of them are so talented. There are tons of “designers” out there who make accessories that look like arts and crafts projects. These girls use the highest quality materials and it makes for such a huge difference. I adore both of them.

MW: That’s awesome. Before moving to LA, you were actively involved in competitive cheerleading and professional equestrian sports. When you are not filming, are you able to find time to participate in this
sport?

AM: Equestrian sports have been a part of my life since I was six years old. There is no better feeling in this world than being on a horse.

It’s like flying. A large part of why I moved to Los Angeles from New York was to be able to ride more regularly. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have met such generous people here who have made that a possibility. I’m constantly looking for opportunities to ride. I think I’ll just quit all of my jobs and set up a tent in a horse stall. If nobody hears from me for a while, that’s where to find me.

MW: Speaking of opportunities, here at FELIX we love to hear about causes and organizations that our talent is passionate about. Can you tell me a little bit about an organization that you hold close to your heart?

AM: I can’t wait for the day when I have the finances to make a big difference in someone’s life through donation(s) or starting my own organization. At the moment, what I have to give is my time and my home. I have had to take a step back recently, but an organization I try to help as much as possible is Mutt Scouts. I have volunteered for them as a foster parent to dogs in need while they look for permanent homes for them. They rescue these dogs from the most dire of circumstances. These dogs are angels and they are so wonderful and grateful. My dog Charlotte is also a rescue dog. It might not sound logical, but I do believe they understand that on some level.

MW: I love to hear that! I’m a fan of animal rescues as well. If and when you’re able to- what type of organization would you start?

AM: When I start my own philanthropic venture, horses will definitely be involved. I would love to give women who are coming out of a bad situation the ability to interact with these amazing animals. It is extremely therapeutic and nothing gives you a sense of purpose like caring for another being. I would really love to be able to teach them to ride. Fingers crossed that I can make it happen sooner rather than later!

MW: Fingers crossed for you! What can projects we expect to see from you this fall?

AM: Vanderpump Rules will return for a third season. I can’t say much, but I can tell you that it won’t disappoint!

MW: Great, thanks Ariana for taking the time to speak with us!

Stay in touch with Ariana and follow her on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr. For details on upcoming film projects, check out: IMDb.

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