A rising young star, Bailee Madison is already one of the most proficient actresses in the business, effortlessly executing both dramatic and comedic roles as well as establishing her presence in the world of philanthropy. With inherent charm, sharp intelligence and a vibrant personality, Madison is a multitalented actress who has showcased her talents across the board.
In the spring of 2017, Madison added the title of producer to her list of credits with the movie “A Cowgirl’s Story,” in which she also starred. On the big screen, she played a lead role alongside Christina Hendricks in 2018’s “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” the highly anticipated horror sequel to 2008’s “The Strangers.” Prior to this, she played the role of daughter of Marisa Tomei and the granddaughter of Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in 20th Century Fox and Walden Media’s “Parental Guidance,” which was released on Christmas Day in 2012, and starred as a withdrawn child haunted by insatiable demons in producer Guillermo Del Toro’s 2011 thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” alongside Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.
In 2009, Madison delivered one of the most sought out performances from a child actress under the age of 10, earning a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for her work in Jim Sheridan’s film “Brothers” opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She also played the young Betty Ann Waters in Fox Searchlight’s “Conviction,” starring Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver. Other films include “Letters to God” and the Hallmark Channel Original Movies “Date with Love” alongside Shenae Grimes-Beech and Andrew W. Walker, “Northpole: Open for Christmas” in which she starred with Lori Loughlin and Dermot Mulroney, “Northpole” starring Tiffani Thiessen, “A Taste of Romance” with Teri Polo, “Smart Cookies” with Patricia Richardson and “Pete’s Christmas” starring Bruce Dern. For her role in Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Just Go with It,” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Madison earned rave reviews in an article in The Wall Street Journal titled “How 11-Year-Old Bailee Madison Stole Adam Sandler’s Movie.”
Madison also captured audiences’ hearts with her role as May Belle in Disney’s “Bridge to Terabithia” and left lasting impressions with her performances in the independent film “Phoebe in Wonderland,” starring Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning, and on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” She appeared as Maxine in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” and had a recurring role, playing young Snow White, in ABC’s hit series “Once Upon a Time.” Madison also starred as Hillary Harrison on ABC’s hit sitcom “Trophy Wife,” alongside Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden and more recently, had a recurring role in the “The Fosters.”
A driven and talented young actress, Madison is equally committed to using her public profile to raise awareness for those less fortunate. Between filming major motion pictures, Madison has been devoting her time and energy to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), an organization that encourages children nationwide to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer through running their own lemonade stands. In 2011, Variety honored Madison for her philanthropic efforts at the “Variety Power of Youth Awards,” which pay homage to the industry’s most talented young activists. In 2012, ALSF named Madison their national Youth Spokesperson.