Madeline Carroll Talks New Film ‘Destined To Ride’ – Exclusive Interview

The actress shared her favorite moments from working with co-stars Joey Lawrence and Denise Richards.

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You may remember 22-year-old Madeline Carroll from appearances in fan favorite shows such as Scandal, NCIS, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and more.

For her latest project, Madeline produces and stars in Destined to Ride, a family-friendly drama, as a teenage girl who thinks her social life is over when she is sent to her aunt’s ranch for the summer. There, she develops an unbreakable bond with a horse named whom she tames and soon finds herself in a competitive race to win her aunt’s land and avoid losing her treasured new companion.

Celeb Secrets spoke with Madeline to talk about the new film and some of her favorite and most challenging moments.Check out the full Q&A below and make sure to catch Destined to Ride, which also stars Joey Lawrence, Denise Richards, Cassi Thompson, Amber Frank, and Manolo Gonzales Vergara on digital and DVD now.

Celeb Secrets: What made you connect to this character in particular?

Madeline Carroll: “I grew up going to an equestrian center in Burbank and I loved it. When I moved, I couldn’t go anymore so when i got back I resigned up and a few days later I was offered the part. It was definitely meant to be. I had the best time getting to ride again.”

Celeb Secrets: You’ve worked alongside some incredible actors in your career. How was it working with Joey Lawrence and Denise Richards so closely on this film?

Madeline Carroll: “It was amazing. I spent more time with Denise than Joey. My scenes with Denise were so much fun. We just got to spend time with animals, you know. Actually, most of the lines you hear in the film were made by her. She’s just a beautiful person and someone I look up to. I’ve learned so much from her and she hasn’t let her success make her.”

Celeb Secrets: Do you have any favorite moments from filming?

Madeline Carroll: “Gosh. Probably the square dancing scene. It was such a good time and they decorated an entire bar. Everyone was just laughing and having fun. It was so genuine. Night shoots are always the best.”

Celeb Secrets: What challenges did you face?

Madeline Carroll: “There was a scene at the end of the film where I’m racing alongside Cassie. The fires in Santa Clarita were happening at that time and the horse we used was acting funny all day. At one point, the horse reared up and almost ran over her. It was so scary but Cassie is such a professional, it was awesome. but , that was a big challenge the last week of shooting, the fires. We were wearing masks between takes.”

Celeb Secrets: Can you share a secret from the set?

Madeline Carroll: “I actually had really bad food poisoning the night before a race scene. I had one hour of sleep. We had filmed so late the night before, I stopped at Carl’s Jr. in Burbank and threw up all night.”

Celeb Secrets: What are you most excited for people to see in this film and what do you want people to take away from this?

Madeline Carroll: “My fans really loved my movie Flip. It was so innocent and beautiful and this film reminds me of that. I have a heart for the youth. I volunteer at the youth group at my church every Thursday. It was just empowering to watch with your family, it’s a movie for everybody and that’s the kind of stuff I want to make. It was also one of the first films I produced so getting to see that in the credits really blessed me. I’m very proud of it.”


Written by Kim Suarez