At just 12, 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 talent across the board.
Most recently, Madison had a starring role in producer Guillermo Del Toro’s thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. Madison was recommended for the role by her “Brothers” co¬star Natalie Portman. She played a withdrawn child being haunted by insatiable demons in the film, released in August 2011.
That same year Variety honored Madison for her philanthropic efforts with Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the “Variety Power of Youth Awards” which pays homage to the industry’s most talented young activists. 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, she has been devoting her time and energy to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that encourages children nationwide to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer through running their own lemonade stands. In 2012, ALSF named Madison their national Youth Spokesperson.
In 2009, Madison delivered one of the most sought out performances from a child actress under the age of 10, earning her a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her work in Jim Sheridan’s film “Brothers” opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She played the young Betty Ann Waters in Fox Searchlight’s “Conviction” with Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver. Her other films include “Letters to God” and Hallmark Channel’s “A Taste of Romance” with Teri Polo.
For her role in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, “Just Go With It” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Madison earned rave reviews with The Wall Street Journal, which wrote “How 11¬Year¬Old Bailee Madison Stole Adam Sandler’s Movie.”
Madison captured audiences’ hearts with her role as May Belle in Disney’s “Bridge to Terabithia,” and has left lasting impressions with her performances in the independent film “Phoebe in Wonderland” starring Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning, and on television in NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” She appears as Maxine in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” for its fourth and final season and recently executed the iconic role of Young Snow White in the ABC hit series “Once Upon A Time.”
Madison’s independent film “Cowgirls n’ Angels” was released in May 2012. She starred as Ida Clayton, a young girl with a knack for horse riding, who, on a search for her father, finds an unconventional family in the rodeo circuit. Next up, Madison will be seen again on the big screen starring as the daughter of Marisa Tomei and the granddaughter of Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in 20th Century Fox and Walden Media’s “Parental Guidance,” out Christmas Day.
When Madison isn’t traveling, she loves spending time at home with family and friends, barbecuing, swimming and playing on her swing set with her dog, Maddy, always by her side.