Bailee Madison – The actress is a music and Instagram star
By Rick Gonzales | Posted
If you haven’t been paying attention lately, and shame on you if you haven’t, little Bailee Madison has grown up a lot. By all grown ups, we mean the actress who got her start in movies as a pre-teen is now a 22-year-old rising star and, along with movies and TV, has even bigger plans for her career. . So let’s find out who Bailee Madison is and where she plans to go in the near future.
BAILEE STARTS EARLY
From Fort. Lauderdale, Florida, and the youngest of seven siblings, Bailee Madison was born on October 15, 1999. Bailee was just two weeks old when she was put on camera for an Office Depot commercial. Commercials became her thing early on when she appeared in commercials for Cadillac, SeaWorld, and Disney, among others.
Perhaps it was this early introduction to the entertainment industry that piqued her interest, or perhaps it was the fact that her sister, Kaitlin Vilasuso, was 13 years older and was also an actress. She saw her sister do it, so why not her? It could be that she also received great coaching from an early age because her mother, Patricia Riley, was also trained as an actress. Sometimes things happen for a reason, though.
“I grew up watching my mom and sister perform, and I remember being so mesmerized by them,” Bailee Madison recalled in Issue Magazine. “One day, when I was five years old, my sister Kaitlin, who is 13 years older than me, went to audition. When she came out, they saw me and asked me if I wanted to audition. I went there and from that moment God blessed me. The “blessing” that was given to Bailee was for her very first film, lonely hearts. She played there alongside big names such as John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, James Gandolfini, Scott Caan and Laura Dern. It wouldn’t be the last time Bailee Madison would face big names.
Her five-year-old talent shone through and even more so when she sent an audition tape to Disney. They loved what they saw and soon Bailee Madison found herself halfway around the world in New Zealand for a six month shoot for Bridge to Terabithia. After six months away, Bailee returned home for school. She was already seven years old when the film premiered and it was just the beginning.
2007 was a very busy year for Bailee Madison as her incredible talent caught the attention of many in Tinsel Town. Along with the premiere of Bridge to TerabithiaBailee has landed roles in TV series such as House, Cory in the house, CSI: NYand infabulous. Somehow, the young actress also found time for TV movies The last day of summer and Judy has a gun. Not busy enough? Well, Bailee also took some time in features See and Save Sarah Cain. All this at 7 years old.
The next two years slowed down a bit for Bailee. While she was involved in nine projects in 2007, 2008 and 2009, she completed four in total. One such project in 2008 was Phoebe in wonderland where Bailee played Elle Fanning’s sister. Another project was a TV movie for Nickelodeon called Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh. The movie was based on the Drake and Josh series and starred Drake Bell, Josh Peck and Miranda Cosgrove.
2010 saw Bailee Madison break into the fantasy horror genre when she directed Guillermo del Toro Don’t be afraid of the dark. The film starred Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce (LA Confidential). Things would only get better for Bailee.
As luck would have it, just as any good talent would, Bailee Madison got another big boost in 2011 when she landed the lead role in Adam Sandler’s comedy, Just go. Bailee played Maggie, Jennifer Aniston’s daughter Katherine. The underrated comedy also starred Brooklyn Decker, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews, Nick Swardson and Griffin Gluck. Not only was Bailee able to hold her own with some corporate heavyweights, but she also got the chance to show off a British accent.
AND THE RESULTS KEEP COMING
Not that she really needs justification, but Just go solidified that Bailee Madison could act. Still, she was only 12, but the girl had chops. They took her to TV projects such as Wizards of Waverly Place, RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Chase, A Taste of Romance, Smart Cookiesand Pete’s Christmas. She also continued to get feature films as well as movies like 25 Hill, Cowgirls ‘n Angels, Adventure Planet, Watercolor Postcardsand parental guidance against Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei.
Bailee’s next big project came in 2013 when she was cast to play Bradley Whitford’s daughter on the TV series Trophy wife. Malin Ackerman (Couples Retreat, The Heartbreak Kid) played Whitford’s third wife while Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden played wives one and two. While the premise was fun, the series only lasted two seasons.
Bailee Madison continued to gain a foothold in television. She had a recurring role as a young Snow White on the popular series Once upon a timeshe was seen in the series The Fostersand she also landed her most notable TV role when she played Grace Russell on the series good witch. Meanwhile, Bailee also continued to find herself in feature films like The story of a cowgirl and the horror/thriller movie Strangers: prey of the night. But all the while Bailee Madison had her career on camera, something else was going on that fans probably weren’t aware of.
BAILEE MADISON IS MORE THAN AN ACTOR
Not only can she act, but the girl can write, and she also stretches her talents behind the camera. As for her writing, Bailee explains: “While I was producing a film called Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, I brought a dear friend and very talented writer Stefne Miller on board to help revise the script. One evening after filming, she asked me if I had ever thought of writing a fictional novel. The results were a novel titled lose brave and tells the story of a teenage girl trying to come to terms with the disappearance of her twin sister.
Bailee also spoiled the surprise by talking about her efforts to produce films. It’s something she did with the aforementioned movie Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket and movie tracking The story of a cowgirl and A week awaya film that takes us into another Bailee Madison surprise.
IT’S TIME TO LET THE WORLD HEAR BAILEE MADISON
A week away hails from Netflix and surprisingly, it’s a musical. Who knew that not only did Bailee Madison have the chops to perform, but the girl could actually sing and sing well? But Bailee isn’t limiting her vocals to random film, she’s throwing herself into her singing career all the way. Madison recently signed with the Jonas Group Entertainment (no, not the Jonas Brothers) and is now looking forward to producing her own music. No, she’s not going to quit acting, she’s just going to do both and if the following YouTube is any indication of her singing talent, she’s going to do well.
“A lot of my life has already been shared with the public, and I’ve always tried to be as honest and true to myself as possible,” Madison told Variety of her foray into music. “I am finally ready to take this step. Music is a very personal and vulnerable side of me, and this new partnership with Kevin Jonas, Sr. is an extension of that. Now to share this part of myself with the world means so much, and it’s like a chance to give a glimpse into my heart. Everything I do is a circle of love, and that comes with my art too.
BAILEE MADISON’S MASSIVE PRESENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
You’d think Bailee Madison is so busy with her TV and film career, and with her upcoming music career, that she’d have little time for anything else. Well, there’s no rest for villains (although villain Bailee Madison isn’t). She maintains a very healthy social media presence. Go to Twitter and you will find Bailee. Instagram? Yes, you will also find it there. What about TikTok? Yes, you will also find Bailee Madison there. She likes to share what’s going on in her life, her friends and family, and the projects she’s working on. If she’s dating her (she’s currently dating New Hope Club singer Blake Richardson), she doesn’t mind sharing snippets of that either. She’s an open book, well, as much of an open book as she wants to be.
In many of her social media posts, Bailee Madison also advertises some of the products she uses. You can see a few of them below.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BAILEE MADISON?
Things are getting bigger and bigger for Bailee Madison as her hard work and determination continues to pay off. Alongside a new singing career that is sure to bring her more accolades, Bailee is now starring in another TV series that is bringing her more deserved attention. She plays in the Pretty little Liars titled spin-off Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin as Imogen Adams pregnant and with a new cast of “Liars”, has another mystery to solve.
While this series is streaming on HBO Max, Bailee also has two movies on the way. The first is Play dead where she plays a criminology student who fakes her death just so she can break into a morgue to find evidence that links her brother to a crime gone wrong. The second movie is called The swimming pool. If you’re a Bailee Madison fan (how not to be?), you have something to celebrate.