Take it from Virginia Madsen: Sometimes being bad can feel oh-so-good.
"Sometimes it's really fun to root for the bad guy," Madsen tells TVGuide.com of her new ABC dramedy, Scoundrels (premiering Sunday at 9/8c).
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Madsen plays Cheryl West, the matriarch of a family of criminals. When her husband Wolf (David James Elliott) is sent to prison, Cheryl decides she and her four children — ditzy aspiring model Heather (Levin Rambin), young and smart Hope (Vanessa Marano), and twin boys (both played by Patrick Fleuger), one of which is a dim slacker while the other's a sharp lawyer — are going to go straight. Of course, things don't exactly work out that way.
"Anybody who's raising kids knows the dilemma: your idea of the right decision isn't necessarily their idea," Madsen says. "It's one conflict after another. I think a lot of women can identify with Cheryl because of the struggles she goes through trying to get her kids to listen to her and her husband to walk the straight and narrow."
Of course, Cheryl's no angel herself. But Madsen says her character's desire to give up the life of crime is mostly a protective instinct. "She's a very strong and powerful woman, and she just wants to protect her family and make a better life," she says.