Mädchen E. Amick (English pronunciation: / /, MAYD-shən AYM-ik; born December 12, 1970) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Shelly Johnson on the cult television series Twin Peaks and Tanya Robertson in Sleepwalkers (1992). She also starred as Wendy Beauchamp in the Lifetime supernatural drama series Witches of East End for two seasons (2013–2014).
Amick was born in Sparks, Nevada, a few miles east of Reno, the daughter of Judy, a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician. Amick's parents are partly German; the name Mädchen (in German pronounced [ˈmɛːtçn̩]), which means "girl" or "maiden" in German, was chosen by her parents, because they wanted an unusual name. She is also of Norwegian, Swedish, English and Irish descent. 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 appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as well as in The Borrower (1991). Amick got her first break when director David Lynch chose her to play waitress Shelly Johnson on the TV series Twin Peaks. Amick's character endured terrible sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her perverted husband, Leo, and was one of the most popular characters, ensuring her return in the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. In 1992, Amick appeared in the Stephen King horror movie Sleepwalkers. She has also appeared in television movies, such as Love, Cheat and Steal (1993). A highlight of Amick's film career is the 1994 feature film Dream Lover, a thriller in which she co-starred with James Spader. Amick also appeared in the romantic comedy French Exit (1995) and the science fiction thriller Bombshell (1996).
Amick's return to network television came in the fall of 1995 with the much-publicized CBS primetime soap opera Central Park West. In 1998, Amick starred in the updated edition of Fantasy Island. Both shows only lasted one season.
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 cancelled. 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.
Amick had a recurring role in season 2 of Gossip Girl as Nate Archibald's "cougar" love interest, 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. In 2010, Amick played Danielle Marchetti on the FX series Damages. In 2011 she appeared in the post-apocalyptic film Priest.
In 2013, Amick began starring in the Lifetime supernatural drama Witches of East End opposite Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Amick's character Wendy Beauchamp was originally a guest star, but she later became a permanent character after shooting the pilot episode. On August 6, 2015 Amick joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel as a mother whose son is ailing. She has been cast in her original role, Shelley Johnson, for the 2017 Showtime continuation of Twin Peaks.
Amick has been married to songwriter David Alexis since 1992. They have a son, Sylvester Time, and a daughter, Mina Tobias.
|1990||Don't Tell Her It's Me||Mandy|
|1991||Borrower, TheThe Borrower||Megan|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||Shelly Johnson|
|1993||Dream Lover||Lena Mathers||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|1993||Love, Cheat & Steal||Lauren Harrington|
|1994||Trapped in Paradise||Sarah Collins|
|1998||Twist of Fate||Rachel Dwyer|
|2000||List, TheThe List||Grace Mitchell|
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Carmen|
|2002||Global Effect||Dr. Sera Levitt|
|2005||Four Corners of Suburbia||Rachel Samson|
|1989||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Teenage girl Anya||Episode: "The Dauphin"|
|1989||Baywatch||Laurie Harris||Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"|
|1990||Great American Sex Scandal, TheThe Great American Sex Scandal||Miss Doddsworth||TV movie|
|1990||I'm Dangerous Tonight||Amy||TV movie|
|1990–91||Twin Peaks||Shelly Johnson||Series regular, 30 episodes|
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time
|1991||For the Very First Time||Rhonda||TV movie|
|1995||Courtyard, TheThe Courtyard||Lauren||TV movie|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Mrs. Cordell||Episode: "Love and Blood"|
|1995–96||Central Park West||Carrie Fairchild||Series regular, 21 episodes|
|1997||Heartless||Ann 'Annie' O'Keefe||TV movie|
|1998||Hunted, TheThe Hunted||Samantha Clark||TV movie|
|1998–99||Fantasy Island||Ariel||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1999||Dawson's Creek||Nicole Kennedy||3 episodes|
|1999||Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story||Jackie McCoy||TV movie|
|2001||Hangman||Grace Mitchell||TV movie|
|2002||Rats, TheThe Rats||Susan Costello||TV movie|
|2002–03||Gilmore Girls||Sherry Tinsdale||3 episodes (Season 2)|
|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"|
|2004–05||ER||Wendall Meade||10 episodes|
|2005||Lies and Deception||Jean Brooks||TV movie|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Kylie||Episode: "Pilot"|
Episode: "Check Please"
|2005–06||Freddie||Allison||Series regular, 22 episodes|
|2006||Law & Order||Alissa Goodwyn||Episode: "Home Sweet"|
|2006–07||Kidnapped||Yvonne Guttman||3 episodes|
|2007||Viva Laughlin||Natalie Holden||Series regular, 8 episodes|
|2008||Shark||Gina Romero||Episode: "One Hit Wonder"|
|2008||Verdict, TheThe Verdict||Christine||TV pilot|
|2008||Gossip Girl||Duchess Catherine Beaton||4 episodes|
|2008||Californication||Janie Jones||5 episodes|
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Angelica 'Angie' Spivey||Series regular, 9 episodes|
|2009||Law, TheThe Law||Liz||TV pilot|
|2010||Pleading Guilty||Brushy||TV pilot|
|2010||Damages||Danielle Marchetti||5 episodes|
|2010||CSI: NY||Aubrey Hunter||3 episodes|
|2010||Unanswered Prayers||Ava Andersson||TV movie|
|2011||White Collar||Seleena||Episode: "Veiled Threats"|
|2011||Metro||Mary McCarthy||TV 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||Episodes: "It Just Got Normal" and "I'm The Good Twin"|
|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"|
|2013–14||Witches of East End||Wendy Beauchamp||Lead role; 23 episodes|
|2015||American Horror Story: Hotel||Mrs. Ellison||3 episodes|
|2016||Second Chance||Joan Solodar||Episode: "May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot"|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Shelly Johnson||Series regular|