When Bailee was younger, she prompted herself to cry in certain movie scenes by thinking about her dog Scampy, who died when she was little. Now she is able to get emotional on cue just by thinking about the trauma that her characters are going through.
The Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap is one of Bailee's favorite movies.
Bailee has brown hair and eyes.
Her sister, Kaitlin Riley, is also an actress.
Bailee has been in many commercials, including ones for Sea World, Disney, and Cadillac.
Bailee loves to ride her bike.
5-year-old Bailee did not know how to read yet while filming Bridge to Terabithia, so her mother had to mouth her lines to her from the side.
Bailee has acknowledged that her personal wardrobe is similar to the raggedy and often mismatched apparel that her character May Belle wore in Bridge to Terabithia. "I'm a ragamuffin," Bailee has joked.
There is one scene in Bridge to Terabithia where Bailee's on-screen older brother Jess (played by Josh Hutcherson) says to her, "Don't you dare follow us, or I'll tell Alexandra that you still suck your thumb and sleep with Mr. Blankie!" At the time, Bailee still sucked her thumb and slept with a baby blanket at home, and this scene really upset her, because she thought that Josh was making fun of her. Josh was completely oblivious to this until producer Lauren Levine told him a year after filming, and he felt really bad about it.
After appearing in the movie Bridge to Terabithia, Bailee told producer Lauren Levine that if they ever did a sequel, she wanted to do more stunt work, like Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb (the film's two stars) were able to do.
"She is just so ridiculously adorable," film producer Lauren Levine has said about Bailee, whom she worked with on the 2007 film Bridge to Terabithia. For that matter, all the directors, producers, and actors in the movie have agreed that 5-year-old Bailee was a little ray of sunshine on the set, bringing smiles to everyone's faces with her sweet, loving personality.
It is reported that Bailee showed a lot of professionalism and skill in her role as May Belle in Bridge to Terabithia. According to film producer Lauren Levine, there was one particular school recess scene in the movie that had to be done multiple times, and after a while, Bailee started showing signs of fatigue and emotion. When Levine asked her if she was okay, Bailee looked at her and said, "I'm in character!" AnnaSophia Robb, who played Leslie in the movie, has said that Bailee "totally embraced her character and was amazing."
Bailee was adored by both AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson, who acted alongside her in the movie Bridge to Terabithia. In the film's DVD commentary, Robb and Hutcherson sing her praises, saying that she is an amazing little actress and an incredibly sweet little girl.
When Bailee was five she moved to California.
Bailee likes fashion.
Bailee is home-schooled, and her mother is her teacher.
Whenever Bailee loses a tooth, she gets a dollar. She had one of her front teeth pulled during filming for Bridge to Terabithia, and there was one scene in the school bus where a close-up shot allowed her to show off her two missing front teeth. Actress AnnaSophia Robb, who played Leslie Burke in the film, said that Bailee actually loved getting this tooth pulled, and she really hammed it up for the camera afterward.
Bailee has six older brothers and sisters.
Bailee was in her first commercial when she was two weeks old, and it was for Office Depot.
Actor Josh Hutcherson, who played Bailee's older brother in the 2007 film Bridge to Terabithia, has referred to Bailee as "the sister he doesn't have." As for her work in the movie, Josh has said, "She was amazing; she is the most grown-up little person I have ever met. I love her so much."
Bailee Madison: I'm originally from Fort Lauderdale, but I've wanted to move to New York my whole life. Well, not my whole entire life, but at least since I was five. I love it. I have a lot of friends out here, and it's just really fun.
Bailee Madison: (about being home-schooled by her mother) Well, let's just say that my mom's okay, but not great. I'm normally the one with the pencil, telling her what to do, and she's the one with the pencil and the piece of schoolwork! But don't tell her I said that!
Bailee Madison: (about her character's relationship with her older brother in "Bridge to Terabithia") May Belle is trying to make Jess play with her, because Jess just walks away and does not want to play, so that's what makes the end of the movie such a touching thing.
Bailee Madison: (about her "Bridge to Terabithia" co-stars Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb) Oh my gosh! They were just such nice, fun people. They were fun to play with, and they really helped me.