The news that Revenge is casting Emily’s long-lost mom is as out in the open as Amanda’s gigantic pregnancy belly. But TVLine has learned that the soapy ABC drama is searching for the perfect person to play Victoria’s mother, as well.
That’s right: In Season 2, we’re going to meet the woman who spawned the vicious Hamptons socialite played by Madeleine Stowe. Whether we’ll meet the older woman at Vicky’s possible funeral — you’ll recall that the plane she was allegedly on blew up in the Season 1 finale — or at some other point remains to be seen.
Also no word yet on who’ll bring Mama Harper to life, but why should that stop us from having a little fun in the meantime? Below is our short list for the part. After you’ve read it, let us know who you’d put in the role. Think of it as one of Queen Victoria’s lavish summer soirees, and the theme is Cast Your Bets. Armchair Casting Directors, you’re cordially invited!
JOAN COLLINS | Dynasty’s grande dame of on-screen bitchery would be a perfect fit to play the Queen Mum. Aside from their resemblance, Collins and Stowe both carry themselves in the same regal manner — a manner that says, “I may be stunningly beautiful, but I am not above thrashing the stuffing out of you in a lily pond.” The fact that Collins is British? A minor detail, dahhling.
RAQUEL WELCH | The 1960s sex symbol would bring a va-va-voom allure to the part. (Can’t you just see her inappropriately flirting with Conrad?) Aside from a few short-lived series and a recent CSI: Miami appearance, Welch hasn’t done much TV; she could be just the kind of buzzy name to give the show an extra boost.
CATHERINE DENEUVE | Deneuve and Stowe share the same high forehead and soulful eyes, and after playing a widow who wanted breast implants filled with her husband’s ashes on a 2006 Nip/Tuck, we know the French actress is up for a little campy fun. Don’t worry about the accent and blonde hair — we think Deneuve has a certain je ne sais quoi that would fit in quite nicely at Grayson Manor.
JACQUELINE BISSET | Another Nip/Tuck alumna, Bisset can play ruthless (her Nip character, James, rang an organ-theft ring) as easily as she can sweet (see her turn in the Hallmark Channel’s An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving), and the ability to switch back and forth between the two is something Mrs. Harper is likely to need.
JANE BADLER | She commanded V’s mother ship and burned the man who spurned her on Falcon Crest, so we’re thinking Badler would be more than capable of playing the woman who gave birth to Emily’s nemesis. Plus, with her soap background (Badler was One Life to Live’s Melinda), she knows a thing or two about how to sell a cliffhanger.
JULIE CHRISTIE | The Oscar-winning British actress, who has limited her work to a few film roles in the past several years, would be a real get for Revenge. And think of the haughty glamour — not to mention the cheekbones! – she’d bring to the role. We can easily picture her giving someone an empty box as an engagement gift, can’t you?
Your turn. Who would you cast? The comments section is now open for your suggestions!
- Madeleine Stowe