Salvation (CBS) centers on “Liam Cole” (Charlie Rowe), an MIT grad student, and “Darius Tanz” (Santiago Cabrera), a tech superstar, who bring Pentagon official “Grace Barrows” (Jennifer Finnigan) a staggering discovery—an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

In season two, the secret is out—the world learns the truth about the impending threat of an asteroid on a collision course with earth. The question is: will the truth bring out the best or the worst in us? Madison plays “Nate Ryland,” a high school friend of science fiction writer, “Jillian Hayes” (Jacqueline Byers). Nate and Jillian lost touch, but with an asteroid heading towards the planet they reconnect in the strangest of places and help each other cope with the impending impact.

Madison can also be seen as “Aiden Webb” in NarcoLeap, a KGP Films web series which follows “Kelsey Atkins” (Chelsey Reist), who finds herself unexpectedly leaping into the bodies of other people during her bouts of narcolepsy and becoming a target in the deadly world of espionage. Madison’s character Aiden is Kelsey’s best friend, and the only person she can turn to for guidance. Unfortunately for the two of them, the strange occurrences happening to Kelsey bring about the attention of a secret military organization that will change the course of their lives forever. NarcoLeap is available on Telus Optik TV in Canada and around the world on YouTube.

Chillin' with Madison Smith

Chillin’ with Madison Smith

Photo by Courtney Paige

Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.

I’m currently in the second season of the CBS drama Salvation, the story of the brilliant minds trying to save the world from impending doom when an asteroid is discovered heading towards earth. I play Nate Ryland, a White House staffer who is trying to stay positive in these dark times. Also, I am one of the leads in a new web series, NarcoLeap, which was recently released on YouTube. It’s the story of Kelsey Atkins who has the ability to take over the bodies of other people during her bouts of Narcolepsy. This attracts the attention of a secret branch of government who want to study what she can do and will bring her in by any means necessary. I play Aidan Webb, her best friend who gets brought along on an adventure that will change their lives forever.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

I try and stay as busy as I can. I love the outdoors, so I hike, paddle board, hit the beach, and play spike ball. The summers in Vancouver, British Columbia where I live are amazing, so it’s easy to find stuff to do.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

If I’m going out it’s almost always for breakfast. Almost all of my favorite foods are breakfast foods, and Vancouver has the best brunch restaurants. My go-to is a place called Jam Cafe. I’m actually going there right after this interview.

Chillin' with Madison Smith

Chillin’ with Madison Smith

Photo by Courtney Paige

What types of dishes do you usually order?

I like to try and find twists on a lot of my favorites. So when I go for brunch I prefer a fun spin on Eggs Benedict, and when I go for dinner I order steak as often as I can. Throw some prawns on the side and I’m a happy camper.

Do you cook?

I love to cook at home. This summer I started experimenting with the Keto Diet so it’s been a blast finding new and interesting recipes that fit that lifestyle. I usually end up with chicken thighs and Caesar salad. I think I’ve pretty much perfected my technique cooking those two things.

What types of drinks do you order when out?

I love a drink I can sip on. So unless I’m in the mood for a nice red wine, I go with either an Old Fashioned or a Dark and Stormy. Both are delicious and I find I don’t throw them back too fast.

Chillin' with Madison Smith

Chillin’ with Madison Smith

Photo by Courtney Paige

Do you prepare drinks at home?

I get a little more lazy at home when it comes to drinks. My new go-to is the pre-made vodka sodas that you can buy at the liquor store from Nude or Nütrl. They have tons of flavor and are Keto friendly.

Do you own a home bar?

I don’t currently own a proper home bar. All my liquor gets thrown randomly on my apartment wine rack, so my red wine is next to my watermelon vodka.

If you owned a home bar, what would it be like?

My home bar would be like the globe bar featured in the film Inglorious Bastards. I would offer every person in my apartment a drink immediately just so I could show it off.

Chillin' with Madison Smith

Chillin’ with Madison Smith

Photo by Courtney Paige

What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

Somersby Cider. It’s the best for a hot day in the sun. And it’s led to many many great nights.

Have you ever been a bartender?

Oh yes. As an actor, I have spent some time behind a bar in pursuit of my dreams. And honestly, it’s always fun. You work with great people, some of my lifelong friends came from working behind the bar.

Thanks for chatting with me. Now I’m going to enjoy some waffles. Which yes I know aren’t Keto but they are delicious so I’m ok with it.

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