Bailee Madison

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Bailee Madison
Bailee Madison en 2019 (cropped).jpg
Madison in 2019
Born (1999-10-15) October 15, 1999 (age 22)
  • Actress
  • singer
  • producer
Years active2006–present
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Bailee Madison (born October 15, 1999)[1] is an American actress and singer. She first gained acclaim for her role as May Belle Aarons in the fantasy drama film Bridge to Terabithia (2007). Madison received further recognition for her starring roles as Isabelle in the war drama film Brothers (2009), Sally Hurst in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), Maggie in the romantic comedy film Just Go with It (2011), Harper Simmons in the comedy film Parental Guidance (2012), Clementine in the fantasy film Northpole (2014), Kinsey in the slasher film The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), and Avery in the Netflix film A Week Away (2021).

On television, she appeared as Maxine Russo in the fantasy sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place (2011), young Snow White in the fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time (2012–16), Hillary Harrison in the sitcom Trophy Wife (2013–14), and Sophia Quinn in the drama series The Fosters (2014–16). From 2015 to 2021, Madison starred as Grace Russell in the Hallmark Channel comedy-drama series Good Witch. In July 2021, it was announced that she would be a lead in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, a reboot series of Pretty Little Liars.

Early life[edit]

Madison was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,[2][3] the youngest of seven children. She has four brothers and two sisters. Her older sister, Kaitlin Vilasuso, is also an actress. Her mother is Patricia Riley.[4] She began her career when she was two weeks old, appearing in an Office Depot commercial. Since then, she has appeared in several national commercials for major companies including Disney, SeaWorld, and Cadillac. She also serves as a national youth spokesperson for the childhood-cancer charity Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.[5][6]



Madison at the Faith and Values Awards Gala in 2008

Madison made her major motion picture debut in the drama film Lonely Hearts, in which she plays Rainelle, a girl thrown into the midst of a world of crime. Madison also has a significant role in the Disney fantasy drama film Bridge to Terabithia, portraying May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of the lead male character played by Josh Hutcherson. She also appears in the independent film Look as Megan, a girl who is being watched and followed by a kidnapper.

Madison had a small role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles during the season 1 finale, "What He Beheld", as a girl who becomes part of a short-lived hostage situation. In the DVD extras, it is said that they thought about changing the role slightly because of its violent nature, but she insisted that they not. In 2007, Madison appeared in Nickelodeon's television film The Last Day of Summer. She plays a girl who helps a friend during a difficult time. She also appeared in another Nickelodeon production, the television Christmas special Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, in which she played a girl who lived with a foster family.

Madison is seen in a featured supporting role in the 2009 drama film Brothers as Isabelle Cahill, the older daughter of Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and Grace Cahill (Natalie Portman). For her portrayal in the film, she was nominated for both a Saturn Award and a BFCA Critics' Choice Award. In 2010, Madison was in the drama film Letters to God, where she portrayed Samantha Perryfield, best friend of the lead character who is fighting cancer.


Madison at the Golden Globes Gift Lounge on January 14, 2012

She is seen in Conviction (2010), playing the younger version of Hilary Swank's character, Betty Anne Waters. She can be seen in the episode "Locum" from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Mackenzie Burton, a girl who was adopted and feels like she is only filling the place of her parents' older daughter who was abducted years ago. She appeared in three episodes of the children's horror series, The Haunting Hour: The Series.

Also in 2010, Madison starred in her first leading role in the supernatural horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. She starred alongside Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, portraying the role of Sally Hurst, a lonely withdrawn child who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3½ stars out of 4, calling it "a very good haunted house film" and adding that it "milks our frustration deliciously."[7]

In 2011, Madison had a recurring role in the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place as Maxine, the girl form of Max Russo. She also appeared in Just Go with It, alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, as Maggie Murphy, a young girl who wants to become an actress. Madison appeared in the drama film An Invisible Sign, as the younger version of Jessica Alba's character.

In 2012, Madison appeared in the Hallmark film A Taste of Romance alongside Teri Polo and James Patrick Stuart. She also had a guest role as the younger version of Ginnifer Goodwin's character Snow White in the TV series Once Upon a Time. She also could be seen as the main character in the film Cowgirls n' Angels where she played the feisty and rebellious Ida Clayton who has fantasies of finding her father, a rodeo rider. Madison appeared in another Hallmark film entitled Smart Cookie as Daisy, an eager girl hoping to prove herself as a Girl Scout. In December, she appeared in the family comedy film Parental Guidance, alongside Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

In 2013, Madison began playing Hillary on the TV sitcom Trophy Wife, replacing Gianna LePera who played the character in the pilot.[8] In 2014, she began playing the recurring role of Sophia Quinn in the ABC Family drama The Fosters. In 2015, she began playing Grace Russell, the daughter of Cassie Nightingale, in the Hallmark series Good Witch.[9] Madison continued in the role until the end of the fifth season in 2019.[10]

In 2017, it was announced that Madison would star in an adaptation of Rachel Bateman's novel Someone Else's Summer.[11]

In 2018, Madison portrayed the role of Kinsey, a rebellious child in the slasher film The Strangers: Prey at Night. She starred alongside Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson, as her parents. Although the film received a mixed response from critics, Madison's performance was praised and was relatively successful at the box office.[12][13]


In 2021, Madison played the female lead in a teen Christian musical drama, A Week Away, alongside Kevin Quinn. Netflix released the film on March 26. Madison is set to appear as Imogen Abel in the HBO Max series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, a reboot of Pretty Little Liars.[14]

Other ventures[edit]

Madison has worked in voice over, with such projects as Breathe Bible.[15]

Madison has served as the national youth spokesperson for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation since 2010, an organization that encourages kids to fundraise and spread awareness of pediatric cancer by running their own lemonade stands.[16] In January 2018, Madison's first novel was published, Losing Brave, a Young-Adult Mystery which was co-written with Stefne Miller.[17] Since November 2018, she has co-hosted the podcast Just Between Us with her sister Kaitlin Vilasuso.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing
2007 Bridge to Terabithia[19] May Belle Aarons
Look Megan
Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell
The Last Day of Summer[20] Maxine
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill
2010 An Invisible Sign[21] Young Mona Gray
Conviction Young Betty Anne Waters
Letters to God Samantha Perryfield
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Sally Hurst
2011 Just Go With It Maggie Murphy (Kiki Dee)
25 Hill Kate Slater Cameo
2012 Parental Guidance Harper Simmons
Monica Monica (voice) Short film
Cowgirls 'n Angels[22] Ida Clayton
2013 The Magic Bracelet Ashley Short film
Watercolor Postcards Cotton
2016 Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket Annabelle Hooper Also producer
2017 A Cowgirl's Story Dusty Rhodes Also producer
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Kinsey
2019 Love & Debt Melissa Warner
2021 A Week Away Avery Also producer
A Cinderella Story: Starstruck[23] Finley Tremaine


Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: NY Rose Duncan Episode: "Boo"
House Lucy Episode: "Act Your Age"
Unfabulous Young Addie Singer 2 episodes
Cory in the House Maya 2 episodes
Judy's Got a Gun Brenna Lemen Television film
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Mary Alice Johansson Television film[24]
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Episode: "What He Beheld"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mackenzie Burton Episode: "Locum"
Hubworld Herself 1 episode[25]
2010–2012 The Haunting Hour: The Series Lilly Carbo / Jenny / Becky 4 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Maxine Russo 6 episodes[26]
Chase Zoe Episode: "Father Figure"
Powers Calista Pilot[27]
2012 A Taste of Romance Hannah Callahan Television film
Smart Cookies Daisy Television film
2012–2016 Once Upon a Time Young Snow White 4 episodes
2013 Half Riley Young Television film
Pete's Christmas Katie Television film
Holliston Bailee Episode "Rock the Cradle"
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Hillary Harrison Main role; 21 episodes
2014–2016 The Fosters Sophia Quinn 11 episodes
2014 American Dad! Unknown Episode: "Roger Passes the Bar"
Northpole Clementine Television film
2015–2021 Good Witch Grace Russell Main role; 57 episodes[28]
2015 Northpole: Open for Christmas Clementine Television film
Mulaney Ruby Episode: "Ruby"
2016 Holiday Joy Joy Hockstatter Television film
The Night Before Halloween Megan Television film
Date with Love Heidi Watts Television film
TBA Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Imogen Abel Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2017 "Love You So" Alex Lange Alex's Girlfriend
2019 "Foolish" Meghan Trainor Meghan's Party Guest
"All the Ways" The Bear's Love Interest
"Love Again" New Hope Club Blake's Girlfriend
2020 "Worse" Also director

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Bridge to Terabithia Won [29]
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Won [29]
Best Performance in a TV Series Guest Starring Young Actress House Nominated [29]
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress The Last Day of Summer Won [29]
Movieguide Awards Most Inspirational Television Acting Saving Sarah Cain Won [30]
2010 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actress Brothers Nominated [31]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [32]
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actress Ten and Under) An Invisible Sign Nominated [33]
Youth Rock Awards Rockin' Child Performer (TV/ Film) Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Nominated [34]
2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Nominated [35]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Just Go With It Nominated [36]
2013 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Parental Guidance Nominated [37]


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  17. ^ "Losing Brave". Retrieved January 29, 2019.
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  20. ^ "The Last Day Of Summer official site". Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
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  28. ^ "Cast of Good Witch". Hallmark Channel.
  29. ^ a b c d "29th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  30. ^ Garcia, Ellen (February 14, 2008). "Top 10 Movies of 2007 Announced at 'Christian Oscars'". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  31. ^ "15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2010) – Best Picture: The Hurt Locker". November 21, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  32. ^ Miller, Ross (February 15, 2014). "Avatar Leads 2010 Saturn Awards Nominations". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  33. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  34. ^ "Youth Rock Awards Nominees". Youth Rocks Awards. 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  35. ^ "The 2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Ballot!". Fangoria Staff. 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
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  37. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.

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