Mädchen Amick

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Mädchen Amick
Luke Kirby with presenter Mädchen Amick 2016 SAMHSA VOICE AWARDS (29150419741) (cropped).jpg
Amick at the 2016 Samhsa Voice Awards
Mädchen Elaina Amick

(1970-12-12) December 12, 1970 (age 52)
  • Actress
  • director
  • writer
Years active1988–present
David Alexis
(m. 1995)

Mädchen Elaina Amick (/ˈmɛdən ˈmɪk/ MEHD-chən AY-mik; born December 12, 1970) is an American actress and television director. She is known for her starring role as Shelly Johnson on the television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and its revival television series Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). She was a series regular on Central Park West (1995–1996), Freddie (2005–2006), and Witches of East End (2013–2014). In film, she had starring roles in Sleepwalkers (1992) and Dream Lover (1993). She also portrayed Alice Smith on The CW's drama television series Riverdale (2017–2023).

Early life[edit]

Mädchen Elaina Amick was born in Sparks, Nevada,[1] a suburb of Reno, the daughter of Judy (née Ross), a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician.[2] Amick's parents are of partial German descent;[3] the name Mädchen, which means "girl" in German, was chosen by her parents because they wanted an unusual name.[4] She is also of Norwegian, Swedish, English and Irish descent.[citation needed][5] As a young girl, Amick was encouraged by her parents to follow her creative instincts. She learned to play the piano, bass, violin and guitar and took lessons in tap, ballet, jazz and modern dance. In 1987, at the age of 16, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.


After moving to Los Angeles, Amick began her career with guest roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) and Baywatch (1989). Amick got her first break when director David Lynch chose her to play waitress Shelly Johnson on the television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991). Amick's character endured physical abuse at the hands of her criminal husband, Leo, and was one of the most popular characters. Amick went on to work twice more with Lynch—reprising her role as Shelly in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and in seven episodes of the 2017 Twin Peaks revival series.[6]

In 1990, Amick was cast as Mandy in Don't Tell Her It's Me and portrayed Amy in Tobe Hooper's horror film I'm Dangerous Tonight.[7] In 1991, Amick was cast in The Borrower. In 1992, Amick portrayed the heroine Tanya Robertson in the Stephen King horror film Sleepwalkers.[8] The following year, she starred in the thriller film Love, Cheat & Steal (1993).

Amick at the 2017 WonderCon

In 1993, Amick was cast as Lena Mathers in the feature film Dream Lover, a thriller in which she co-starred with James Spader.[9] In 1995, she and Spader were reunited in the TV movie The Courtyard. That same year, Amick appeared in the romantic comedy French Exit. In 1996, Amick was cast in the science fiction thriller Bombshell. Amick's return to network television came in the fall of 1995 with the much-publicized CBS primetime soap opera Central Park West. In 1997, she appeared in the film Wounded.[10] In 1998, Amick costarred for one season in the reboot of Fantasy Island on ABC alongside Malcolm McDowell.[11]

After a decade of roles that failed to ignite the publicity Twin Peaks had, Amick gradually became a noticeable face in television with recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, ER, Jake in Progress, and Joey. In 2006, Amick was a regular in the sitcom Freddie, which was subsequently canceled.[12]

Amick guest-starred in a number of episodes of the serial thriller Kidnapped on NBC, playing a strange and deadly assassin. She also had a recurring role in the second season of Dawson's Creek as the lead character's substitute film studies teacher. In 2007, she had a lead role in the short-lived CBS musical series Viva Laughlin.[13]

Amick had a recurring role in season 2 of Gossip Girl as Nate Archibald's "cougar" love interest,[14] and she also appears in the second season of the Showtime series Californication. In 2008, Amick starred as Christian Slater's wife on the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy.[15] In 2010, Amick played Danielle Marchetti on the FX series Damages.[16]

In 2011 she appeared in the post-apocalyptic film Priest.[17] In 2013, Amick began starring in the Lifetime supernatural drama Witches of East End opposite Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan.[18][19] Amick's character Wendy Beauchamp was originally a guest star, but she became a permanent character after shooting the pilot episode.[20] On August 6, 2015, Amick joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel as a mother whose son is ailing.[21] Since 2017, Amick has starred as Alice Cooper, Betty Cooper's mother, on the CW television series Riverdale.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Amick married then-boyfriend of 8 years David Alexis on December 16, 1995.[23][24] Together they have two children: son Sylvester Time Amick-Alexis (born July 5, 1992) and daughter Mina Tobias Amick-Alexis (born September 2, 1993, and known professionally as Mina Tobias).[25] Tobias, a musician, released her single "Freedom" in 2018, the music video for which pays homage to Twin Peaks.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Mandy
1991 The Borrower Megan
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Shelly Johnson
1992 Sleepwalkers Tanya Robertson
1993 Dream Lover Lena Mathers Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
1993 Love, Cheat & Steal Lauren Harrington
1994 Trapped in Paradise Sarah Collins
1995 French Exit Zina
1997 Wounded Julie Clayton
1997 Bombshell Angeline
1998 Twist of Fate Rachel Dwyer
1999 Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story Jackie McCoy
2000 The List Grace Mitchell
2001 Italian Ties Jamie
2001 Scenes of the Crime Carmen
2002 Global Effect Dr. Sera Levitt
2005 Four Corners of Suburbia Rachel Samson
2005 Lies and deception Jean Brooks
2007 A Slice of Lynch Herself Documentary
2011 Priest Shannon Pace
2017 Grannie Daddy Warbucks's Assistant Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Young Anya Episode: "The Dauphin"
1989 Baywatch Laurie Harris Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1990 The Great American Sex Scandal Miss Doddsworth Television film
1990 I'm Dangerous Tonight Amy Television film
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Shelly Johnson 26 episodes
Nominated–Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time
1991 For the Very First Time Rhonda Television film
1995 The Courtyard Lauren Television film
1995 Fallen Angels Mrs. Cordell Episode: "Love and Blood"
1995–1996 Central Park West Carrie Fairchild 21 episodes
1997 Heartless Ann "Annie" O'Keefe Television film
1998 The Hunted Samantha Clark Television film
1998–1999 Fantasy Island Ariel 13 episodes
1999 Dawson's Creek Nicole Kennedy 3 episodes
1999 Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story Jackie McCoy Television film
2001 Hangman Grace Mitchell Television film
2002 The Rats Susan Costello Television film
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Sherry Tinsdale 3 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Lisa Salinger Episode: "The House Next Door"
2003 Wild Card Crystal Stevenson Episode: "Black Sheep"
2003 Ed Celeste "CeCe" Royce Episode: "Home for Christmas"
2004–2005 ER Wendall Meade 10 episodes
2005 Lies and Deception Jean Brooks Television film
2005 Jake in Progress Kylie 2 episodes
2005 Joey Sara 5 episodes
2005–2006 Freddie Allison 22 episodes
2006 Law & Order Alissa Goodwyn Episode: "Home Sweet"
2006–2007 Kidnapped Yvonne Guttman 3 episodes
2007 Viva Laughlin Natalie Holden 8 episodes
2008 Shark Gina Romero Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
2008 Gossip Girl Duchess Catherine Beaton 4 episodes
2008 Californication Janie Jones 5 episodes
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Angelica "Angie" Spivey 9 episodes
2009 The Law Liz Pilot
2010 Pleading Guilty Brushy Pilot
2010 Damages Danielle Marchetti 5 episodes
2010 CSI: NY Aubrey Hunter 3 episodes
2010 Unanswered Prayers Ava Andersson Television film
2011 White Collar Selena Thomas Episode: "Veiled Threats"
2011 Metro Mary McCarthy Pilot
2012 Psych Jacqueline Maderos Episode: "Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger"
2012 Beauty & the Beast Lois Whitworth Episode: "Basic Instinct"
2012 Ringer Greer Sheridan 2 episodes
2012 In Plain Sight Associate Director Susan Campbell 2 episodes
2012 Mad Men Andrea Rhodes Episode: "Mystery Date"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Gina Blunt 2 episodes
2012 Political Animals Mindy Meyers Episode: "Lost Boys"
2013–2014 Longmire Deena 3 episodes
2013–2014 Witches of East End Wendy Beauchamp 23 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Mrs. Ellison 3 episodes
2016 Second Chance Joan Solodar Episode: "May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot"
2016–2017 Love Mom 3 episodes
2017–present Riverdale Alice Susanna Smith
(née Cooper)
Main role
Also director: "Chapter Seventy-Six: Killing Mr. Honey" and "Chapter Ninety: The Night Gallery"
2017 Twin Peaks Shelly Briggs 7 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Roles
1988 "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" Dweezil Zappa Cameo; baby
"Temptation" Wet Wet Wet
2016 "Freedom" Mina Tobias Director
"Kings & Queens"
2017 "Spoken" Sly Alexis
2018 "Another One" (feat. Gabi DeMartino & Kai Lucas) Mina Tobias
2019 "Shoes" Cameo; herself


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