A young, rising 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 talent across the board. Adding to her extensive list of accomplishments, she has produced two feature length films, Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket and Cowgirl’s Story and has co-authored a young adult novel which she hopes to share soon.
Madison’s most recent appearances on the big screen include a starring role 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, released on Christmas day, 2012. Prior to this, in August 2011, she was the star of producer Guillermo Del Toro’s thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, in which she played a withdrawn child being haunted by insatiable demons.
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 also 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 the Hallmark Channel Original Movies, “A Taste of Romance” with Teri Polo, “Smart Cookies” with Patricia Richardson, “Pete’s Christmas” with Bruce Dern, and “Northpole” and “Northpole: Open For Christmas.” For her role in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Just Go with It with 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 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 appeared as Maxine in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” for its fourth and final season & is most recognized for her role as young Snow White in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Madison recently starred as Hillary Harrison on ABC’s “Trophy Wife,” alongside Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden. She can also be seen in a recurring role as Sophia Quinn on Freeform’s hit drama series “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, 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 named Madison an honoree for her philanthropic efforts at the Variety Power of Youth Awards, which pays homage to the industry’s most talented young activists and in 2012 ALSF named Madison their national Youth Spokesperson.