Madam Secretary Adds 'Rebellious' Eldest Daughter to Season 1 Mix

Madam Secretary‘s home life just got a touch more harried.

CBS’ freshman drama has cast newcomer Wallis Currie-Wood to join the cast as the eldest daughter of Tea Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.

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Stephanie “Stevie” McCord, who is neither seen nor referenced in the show’s pilot (unlike her younger brother and sister, who get a fair amount of screen time in the first episode), is described as strong-willed and rebellious — in other words, just like her famous mom. Upset with a new college procedure, Stevie has dropped out and moved back home to figure out her next move. Despite her ongoing clashes with Elizabeth, the true regard they have for one another is very evident.

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Currie-Wood, a recent Juilliard grad, is currently shooting a role in the Anne Hathaway-Robert De Niro comedy The Intern.

Madam Secretary  premieres Sunday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c. Look for Stevie to turn up in Episode 2 (and recur throughout the series).

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  1. dman6015 says:


    • spartan says:

      Because when they bring in the bratty daughter, prepare for endless detours (well, they FEEL endless) into annoying teen “acting out” …the otherwise competent parent being moronically unable to cope with the kid’s jerkiness … and the inevitable subplot that revolves around the girl blundering into some sort of danger. Ugh is right.

  2. JJM says:

    Is this just Tea Leoni’s daughter or is it a daughter she shares with her husband? Because I’d hate to hear “we’ve got two beautiful kids together” and then a random child never mentioned shows up and screws up the continuity.

    • Ken says:

      In the pilot, Madam Secretary clearly states that she has a son and two daughters. In other words, the eldest daughter is certainly mentioned.

  3. Debbie says:

    Every time I read rebellious kid, I turn the channel.

    • Grey says:

      Thank you! Seen it to death already! Why not just go ahead and put her Goth makeup too.
      I was already hesitating about even trying this show – the whole thing feels done already for some reason – but now I really think I’m going to skip it. I was on the fence but this story development just pushed me over into the other yard. I’ll be watching something else. Sorry Tea.

    • DJR says:

      I agree. So, instead of having meaningful stories about the main character, we will be subjected to stupid plots involving the “rebellious” daughter. They just lost another potential viewer.

  4. JJM says:

    Is this a recurring role or a series regular role?

  5. JJM says:

    I think this addition to the show will be interesting. The other kids seem like they’re only entering their adolescence, so maybe this character has been brought in to bring more issues to Tea Leoni’s characters within her family life. I don’t think the teenage rebellion thing will last long though… They never do…

  6. Tara says:

    why is everyone disappointed in this rebellious kid?? i don’t get it? it doesn’t bother me, to be honest.

    • Lauren says:

      because internet.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Because they (rebellious teenagers on tv) are always tropes, melodramatic, over acted, just horrible. They have them all go through the same stuff, its just a ingredient to add drama, not to add some sort of depth or anything…im sure they watched the pilot and said “this needs more drama somewhere…how about at home? add in a rebellious teenager!” ….

      Just remember the teen girl in Homeland, and how horrible that was.

  7. Tara says:

    plus, a teenage rebellious things might make things more interesting. liz’s other two kids are small and probably won’t be rebellious. i don’t mind her…. i just hope they don’t overdo the rebelliousness.

  8. Josh says:

    Because everyone loves a rebellious teen daughter, just ask Dana Brody.

  9. Grey says:

    And her boyfriend will be named Pi. No thank you.

  10. emor says:

    Why does hollywood ALWAYS think there needs to be a rebellious child to make a show interesting. There is still conflict between parents and kids who do get along! So i’m guessing there will be some scandal with the kid dating a ‘terrorist’. Or the kid will be involved in a sex scandal with a congressman….BORING!!!!!!!!

  11. Moment says:

    Keep up the good work Madam Secretary, The Amazing Race will be back in your timeslot fall 2015. ;)

  12. M3rc Nate says:

    Very disapointed. Have been preaching how i am so excited for this show having watched the trailer because it looks like a solid, no melodrama, no tropes TV show. Then they go and write in a “rebellious teenager”? lol…idiots. I have never watched a rebellious teenager on tv and liked it. The daughter on Homeland? hated her, the daughter on Parenthood? Hated her….why would i want to watch a illogical, brain isnt working right, yelling, slamming doors, not listening to her/his parents half adult on TV? Even if the show is The Strain, its still escapism, and i want to escape to shows where there ARENT horrible American teenagers that need a good summer trip to Africa to build schools and live with a tribe to realize how lucky they are and how amazing their parents are.

  13. kelly says:

    This is great! Wallis graduated high school with me! She deserves this!

  14. Bagheera says:

    Just started catching up on season 1 episodes. The Stevie/Stephanie character is the most annoying thing in this otherwise intriguing show. She should just be written out of the show because she does not add anything except having the kind of face you want to punch. The other kids are better and have more interesting personalities.