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Meet A Wizard of Waverly Place

TFK chats with one of Disney's brightest stars

November 11, 2010

Meet Bailee Madison, who appears in Wizards of Waverly Place, the hit show on the Disney Channel. Bailee plays Maxine, an active, outgoing, fun, 10-year-old wizard. In fact, the actor is very much like Maxine. They are both energetic and happy.

TFK Kid Reporter Jamie Paterno Ostmann talked to the newest star of Waverly Place, Bailee Madison, on the show’s set.
Courtesy Ostmann Family
TFK Kid Reporter Jamie Paterno Ostmann talked to the newest star of Waverly Place, Bailee Madison, on the show’s set.

Bailee, 11, is already an experienced actor who has appeared on TV shows, commercials, and in several movies, including Bridge to Terabithia and Letters To God. TFK recently talked to Bailee on the set of Waverly Place and got the inside scoop on its newest star, what she does for fun and what spell she would cast if she could.

TFK:

What made you want to start acting?

BAILEE MADISON:

My mom and my sister used to do commercials, so when I was a little baby I did commercials with them. Eventually I ended up here Waverly Place. I am very, very blessed and very happy where I am.

TFK:

What do you do on an average day of filming Wizards of Waverly Place?

BAILEE:

I do at least four hours a day of school tutoring with my teacher on the set, Eva. She's so great and we have so much fun. She makes sure I get all of my schoolwork done. Then we have lunch. After that, I rehearse with the cast a lot. On Friday, we prepare for filming before live audiences, which is great.

TFK:

How do you switch from being Bailee to being your character Maxine?

BAILEE:

Once you get to know the character it becomes a little bit easier. You learn each and every thing about her that's different from you. Everyone helps you on the set. The entire Wizards cast and crew are amazing. They were so welcoming and I've had a great time.

TFK:

Do you do anything to focus yourself so you are ready to act?

BAILEE:

I don't, actually. It's weird. I think everybody just kind of gets in the mood. There's music and you just kind of get in there. The cast and crew have known each other for four seasons now. Everybody is just like family. When you see them, there are hugs going around the set. It's so great. It's like you're at home.

TFK:

Have you learned any lessons from doing the TV show?

BAILEE:

You have to make sure everybody gets their laugh in before you cut them off and do your line.

TFK:

Any life lessons?

BAILEE:

Always keep your chin high and just know that you can do anything; that you can succeed. You have to put your mind to what you want to do and keep going.

TFK:

Kid Reporter
Jamie Paterno Ostmann

Is there a spell on the show that you would like to cast in real life?

BAILEE:

I really like the duplicate spell, when Alex had to duplicate herself to go to that crazy 10-minute sale. It would be fascinating to see what would happen.

TFK:

What's the hardest thing about working with adults? Do you ever feel like you're an adult too?

BAILEE:

I think acting matures you a bit, but I always have that "kidism" too. Even the adults are sometimes kids. Everybody is fun and outgoing and great and so energetic. The set just lights up when everybody comes on it.

TFK:

Do you get to do any fun stuff with the cast or crew when you are not filming?

BAILEE:

We went bowling. During breaks on set, we all do fun stuff like arts and crafts and soap making.

TFK:

Soap making? Can you tell me a little about that.

BAILEE:

On "Fun Friday," if we get a lot of schoolwork done, my teacher and I do fun projects. Last time was soap making and the week before we did science experiments.

TFK:

Do you ever pull pranks on the cast and crew?

BAILEE:

Oh my goodness! Actually I did pull a prank. It was during Halloween. Eva got this big [fake] rat and we hid it all over the set and we'd hear people screaming! But we can't find it now, so we're like, "Is the rat going to pop out on us or will the crew try and get back at us?" That was the first prank I've ever pulled and it was a good one!

TFK:

What do you like to do when you are not on the set or doing schoolwork?

BAILEE:

I love art, I love to draw, I love hanging out with my friends, going to the park, riding bikes and playing with my puppy who I adore. I love the outdoors. It's fun to be surrounded by friends and family.

TFK:

What do you want to be when you grow up?

BAILEE:

I have a passion for acting. I have a great time doing it. I can't picture myself doing anything else. But I love to sing, I love to dance, I love art a lot. I don't know, maybe I could multitask.


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