My experience interviewing Bailee Madison was truly like no other interview I have conducted. Bailee is a true inspiration — for at only 11-years-old, she seems to have captured the true essence of kindness, giving, understanding and an appreciation for the great fortunes that have been sent her way.
A lot of credit for Bailee’s incredible attitude and appreciation towards life goes to Patti Riley, her amazing mother, who has instilled some great morals and values into Bailee.
I had the honor of sitting down with Bailee Madison on a beautiful sunny day while she was promoting her new movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. I asked her some questions about the movie, but even more importantly, I asked her questions which helped me learn about her great insight, her positive outlook on life and about all the wonderful charity work she does to help the less fortunate.
Bailee Madison is a talented, beautiful and an exceptional role model for young people. At her young age, she has a maturity way beyond her years.
When you do emotional scenes, those are really hard for a lot of people to pull off whether they require you to project fear or sadness. How do you prepare yourself and what do you to get to those places you need to go?
Bailee Madison: Well you try to become the character that you’re working with. So for me, I try to block out the cameras and try to trick my mind that this is actually happening. “I am Sally!” So I feel like it’s always hard for an actor to immediately “turn off” being so scared and going back home and being your normal self. It kind of does drain you to be emotional every single day, but in a way that at least you’re feeling what you need to feel. It was actually very, very fascinating for me and it was a challenge. I don’t worry about it or anything.
So when you finish, do you get to go back to being the happy, sweet Bailee?
Bailee Madison: (Laughs). I try. I mean, like I said, it’s hard for any actor. I feel it’s hard to go from being so scared, which is a deep and emotional place, to going back to yourself. So I did kind of still have that when I was going home at night. It was so hard to just turn off. I was like, “Could this really happen?” But it was good. It was really new for me and just brilliant. It was great.
You worked with Natalie Portman in Brothers. She was a child actress herself. Did she give you any “motherly” or “sisterly” advice on how to manage your career or how to make things easier on set?
Bailee Madison: I feel like just watching her you learn so much, especially since she did go and get an education, which I feel like is a really important thing. It’s one of the main parts because even though you are an actress, you still want the education she had. So for me, if I do continue and I’m blessed enough to do what I love, which is acting, I’m still going to do the education part.
That’s good advice.
Bailee Madison: Yeah, Natalie definitely gave me that part.
Selena Gomez is a terrific role model for kids
Bailee Madison: She is, absolutely.
So what was it like to work with her on The Wizards of Waverly Place and did she give you any suggestions or advice about the business?
Bailee Madison: Oh, it was wonderful! I’ve been a fan of Wizards of Waverly Place forever now! So to actually be a part of that show I was just so excited. Jennifer Stone and Selena and David Henry, just the entire cast was so welcoming and so sweet. That was different for me too because I’ve never done a live audience before or four cameras because one camera is on me the entire time. But, of course, that one camera that is on me my back was turned to it. I had to learn things week by week and gradually I didn’t turn from it.
What advice would you give to young kids, like yourself, who want to be actors?
Bailee Madison: My advice is to just never give up. Just follow your dreams because this business can be so hard sometimes. It doesn’t happen overnight where you get an audition or even a callback and get the role. It takes time. Be prepared for negative responses sometimes. It doesn’t have anything to do with you. It’s just sometimes you’re not the right look, or you’re not really what they were envisioning. Things will come to you when the time is right and I say just go for it. If you love what you want to do, just keep on going.
How old are you? (Laughs). Eleven.
What do you do to set a good example, as a role model for kids?
Bailee Madison: I just try to keep myself grounded and keep myself with my family. I feel like a big thing is faith — to never lose my faith and to always stay true to who I am and to never be afraid to show who I am. I think the biggest thing is: Don’t ever hide anything.
After Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, you’re going to be in Dance of the Mirlitons. Are you excited for that?
Bailee Madison: Oh yeah. It’s going to be a real fun film. It’s about a girl who is not confidant with herself. She goes into this ballerina school and gets put into the lowest class ever because of how she looks and the confidence that she doesn’t have. Then finally when she joins this kind of click ballerina club, she starts not becoming herself and using things. So it’s a really fun character and totally different than anything I’ve played. I’m really looking forward to it.
The movie Just Go with It…
Bailee Madison: Uh-huh.
Let’s hear that accent.
Bailee Madison: (Using her English accent). ‘Allo. How are you today?
How did you like working with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston? Terrific! Adam is such a nice and funny on and off screen family guy. Every single time we’d be done shooting for the day, he would be downstairs in that pool with his children, quicker than you can say, “Yes!” I mean he would be down there swimming no matter what. No matter how long the day was. He is just a terrific guy and a terrific actor. The same with Jennifer, she was great. She’s so funny and a very, very cool girl.
And so there you have it – some wonderful insight from a terrific rising young star.
Bailee Madison also shared how being a part of charity events is a huge part of her life. She is very involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which is a foundation set up for children with cancer.
The mission of Alex’s Lemonade Stand is:
- To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
- To encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
You can help Baliee Madison’s favorite charity by clicking here: Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and becoming a part of the cause in any way you can!
Many thanks to Bailee Madison for a great interview and lots of luck with her career and extremely bright future!
If you found this article informative and would like email notifications of other posts by this National Teen Celebrity Examiner, please subscribe above for FREE!
Also, please follow the author on Twitter for all article posts on all kinds of topics @DocKC. The Twitter button is above as well. Thank you!