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Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Margo Martindale talks ‘Heaven is for Real’ saying she ‘believes,’ fighing Keri Russell

Actress Margo Martindale has an exploding resume of fantastic work over the last couple of years. Now the Justified star speaks about her role and the upcoming film Heaven Is For Real.

Margo Martindale Heaven is for real photo“I believe there’s heaven,” says Martindale in a Mar. 28 USA Today interview.

“I read part of the book and wasn’t surprised that could happen. Who’s to say what that little boy experienced isn’t absolute truth?”

Martindale plays a skeptical church board member in the film adaptation of the popular book by the same, which centers on the testimony of a young boy who describes heaven and other events after a near death experience.

She won an Emmy for her role as the villain Mags Bennett on Justified and surprised audiences during the first season of The Amercians, playing the KGB handler of the Russian spies.

“I think that was a first for me in my acting career,” she says of her fistfight with star Keri Russell. “I like to surprise people.”

Martindale was on the losing side of the action, dunked under water, but the former Dexter star says she learned some tricks to protect herself in real life.

“If someone attacked me, I’d try to swing my legs out and knock them down,” she says. “In my mind I could do that. In reality I’d probably scream and run in the other direction, but at least I’d have a plan.”

Martindale can be seen on CBS’ show The Millers and starred in the Oscar-nominated August: Osage County.

Heaven Is For Real stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church and Connor Corum as Colton. The film opens in theaters on April 16, 2014.

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