Full name : Mädchen E. Amick
Birthdate : December 10, 1970
Hometown : Sparks, Nevada, USA
Character in Witches of East End : Wendy
Official link : IMDb
From Reno, Nevada, Mädchen Amick’s name, means “maiden” or “young woman” in German and results from the desire of her parents, Bill and Judy, to give their daughter a name more unusual than their own.
When she was sixteen, Amick with her parents’ blessing, dropped out of school and moved to Los Angeles, where she found work in modeling and music videos. Her acting career began quite modestly with roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Baywatch. Her first starring role was in the low-budget TV horror movie I’m Dangerous Tonight.
Shortly thereafter, director David Lynch, who played a pivotal role in her development as an actress, chose her to play waitress ‘Shelly Johnson’ on the cult TV classic Twin Peaks and viewers soon came to love Amick’s sensually innocent character, who endured terrible abuse at the hands of her husband.
A highlight of Amick’s career is the feature film Dream Lover, a thriller in which she co-starred with James Spader. It is one of the few films to showcase her ability to portray a complex character. The late Roger Ebert called her performance “perfect” and that he expected to “see more great things from this talented actress.”
Amick has since worked on a myriad of projects on both the big and small screen. Her feature credits include Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers; Trapped in Paradise opposite Nicolas Cage, Scenes of the Crime with Jeff Bridges and most recently the Screen Gem’s post-apocalyptic thriller Priest opposite Paul Bettany and Christopher Plummer. Additionally she has appeared on television series’ such as Californication, Damages and Mad Men.
Amick resides in California and is married with two children.