She is most known for her role in Bridge to Terabithia in which she plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons. Madison also starred in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as Sally Hurst, and as Maggie in the Adam Sandler film Just Go With It.
Life and Career
Bailee Madison was born in Florida, the youngest of seven children. She has four brothers and two sisters. Her older sister, Kaitlin Riley, is also an actress. Her mother is Patricia Riley. She began her career when she was two weeks old 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 spokesperson for the childhood-cancer charity Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
She made her major motion picture debut in the movie 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 movie Bridge to Terabithia, based on the children's book. She plays 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. Madison appeared in Nickelodeon's made-for-TV movie, The Last Day of Summer. She plays a girl who helps a friend during a difficult time. Another Nickelodeon production she had a role in was the television Christmas special Merry Christmas Drake and Josh. She played a girl who lived with a foster family.
Madison is seen in a featured supporting role in the 2009 film, Brothers as Isabelle Cahill, the older daughter of Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and Grace Cahill (Natalie Portman). For her portrayal in the movie she was nominated for both a Saturn Award and a BFCA Critics' Choice Award. In 2010, Madison was in the movie Letters to God, where she portrays Samantha Perryfield, a girl whose best friend, played by lead Tanner Maguire, is fighting cancer.
She is seen in Conviction 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, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.
In 2011, Madison had a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series 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 can be seen in the drama film, An Invisible Sign as the younger version of Jessica Alba's character Mona Gray. She starred in her first leading role in the horror film, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, alongside Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce where she portrayed Sally Hurst, a lonely withdrawn child who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend.
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 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. She was also cast as Sophia Quinn in the ABC Family original series, The Fosters, where she plays Callie's biological sister.
In 2015, Madison landed the lead role in the Hallmark Channel original series, Good Witch, as the lead character.
|2006||Lonely Hearts||Rainelle Downing|
|2007||CSI: NY||Rose Duncan||Television series (Episode "Boo")|
|House||Lucy||Television series (Episode "Act Your Age")|
|Unfabulous||Young Addie Singer||Television series (Episode "The Test")|
|Television series (Episode "The Birthday")|
|Cory in the House||Maya||Television series (Episode "Mall of Confusion")|
|Television series (Episode "I Ain't Got Rhythm")|
|Bridge to Terabithia||May Belle Aarons||Main Character|
|Saving Sarah Cain||Hannah Cottrell||Television movie|
|The Last Day of Summer||Maxine||Television movie|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Little Girl||Television series (Episode "What He Beheld")|
|Phoebe in Wonderland||Olivia Lichten|
|Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Mary Alice Johansson||Television movie|
|2010||An Invisible Sign||Young Mona Gray|
|Conviction||Young Betty Anne Waters|
|Letters to God||Samantha Perryfield|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Mackenzie Burton||Television series (Episode "Locum")|
|R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||Lilly Carbo||Television series (Episode "Really You, Part 1")|
|Television series (Episode "Really You, Part 2")|
|2011||Jenny||Television series (Episode "Scarecrow")|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||Maxine Russo||Recurring role; 6 episodes (Season 4)|
|Chase||Zoe||Television series (Episode "Father Figure")|
|Just Go With It||Maggie Murphy|
|Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Sally Hurst|
|25 Hill||Cameo appearance as Kate Slater|
|2012||Cowgirls n' Angels||Ida Clayton|||
|A Taste of Romance||Hannah Callahan||Television movie|
|Smart Cookies||Daisy||Television movie|
|Parental Guidance||Harper Simmons|
|Monica||Monica||Voice role, Short Animation Film|
|R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||Becky||Television series (Episode "The Girl in the Painting")|
|Once Upon a Time||Young Snow White||Television series (Episode "The Stable Boy")|
|Television series (Episode "We Are Both")|
|2013||Television series (Episode "The Queen Is Dead")|
|Holliston||Bailee||Television series (Episode "Rock the Cradle")|
|The Magic Bracelet||Ashley||Short Film|
|Ha/lf||Riley Young||Television movie|
|Pete's Christmas||Katie||Television movie|
|Trophy Wife||Hillary Harrison||Television series (Series Regular)|
|2014||The Fosters||Sophia Quinn||Television series (Recurring Character)|
|2015||Good Witch||Grace Russell||Television series (Main Character)|
|2017||A Cowgirl's Story||Dusty Rhodes||Television movie|
|2018||The Strangers: Prey at Night||Kinsey||Main Character|
|2021||A Week Away||Avery||Main Character|
|2021||A Cinderella Story: Starstruck||Finley Tremaine||Main Character|
- The Fosters is the second time she worked with Jake T. Austin. She played Jake's female counterpart on Wizards Of Waverly Place, although they were never seen together on the show.
- Bailee and her best friend, Peyton List, are often compared to Gossip Girl characters, Blair and Serena.
- Bailee is close friends with actress Hailee Steinfeld.
- Bailee is a huge fan of Taylor Swift.