“Extra” caught up with Josh Bowman to talk about his new Lifetime movie “Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story” and his marriage to former “Revenge” co-star Emily VanCamp.
The film is based on a true story and follows 19th-century journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (Christina Ricci), who writes under the pseudonym Nellie Bly. She’s the reporter who feigned mental illness in order to gain access to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum in New York.
Josh plays Dr. Josiah, who helps her regain her memories after they are wiped out by treatments at the facility by head nurse Matron Grady (Judith Light).
Bowman told us, “He is her psychiatrist and he protects her through the film from Matron Grady. He begins to fall for her, you’ll see. There are definitely different feelings coming out as he spends more time with her through out the process. Then it morphs into something a little more intense.”
Josh called Seaman a “hero,” saying, “I think she is an amazing character… She is a hero, really is, and [it's] a story of perseverance and determination to uncover the bad things that were going on in the asylum at that time.”
He also gushed over his co-stars saying, “Judith Light, she was magnificent. Working with her was a dream... I learned so much from her and also Christina was magnificent to work with… I learned a lot from both of them.”
The actor also dished on married life after tying the knot with Emily in the Bahamas in December. He told us, “Married life is great. I’m, again, very, very lucky. She’s gone off to film ‘The Resident,’ so I’m home alone right now. And she took the dog as well!”
The couple kept the celebration going with a New Year’s Eve bash. “We dressed up in '70s gear and had a party with our friends and made it a Studio 54 night.”
“Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story” airs January 19 at 8 p.m on Lifetime.