This young actress has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars in a variety of diverse and challenging roles. She won rave reviews and a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her powerful work on the feature film, Brothers (2009/I), opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She played the young "Betty Ann Waters" in Fox Searchlight's Conviction (2010/II), with Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver.
Most recently, Bailee had a starring role in producer Guillermo del Toro's thriller, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, Bailee was recommended for the role by her Brothers (2009/I) co-star, Natalie Portman. She played a withdrawn child being haunted by insatiable demons; the film was released in August 2011. Bailee is currently filming Parental Guidance (2012), where she will star as the daughter of Marisa Tomei and the granddaughter of Bette Midler and Billy Crystal. The comedy will be a co-production between 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.
In 2011, Variety named Bailee an honoree for her philanthropic efforts with "Alex's Lemonade Stand" at the "Variety Power Of Youth Awards", which pays homage to the industry's most talented young activists. A driven and talented young actress, Bailee is equally committed to using her public profile to raise awareness for those less fortunate. Between filming major motion pictures, Bailee has been devoting her time and energy to "Alex's Lemonade Stand", an organization that encourages children, nationwide, to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer through running their own lemonade stands.
Her other feature films include Letters to God (2010) and Hallmark's A Taste of Romance (2012) (TV) with Teri Polo. For her role in Columbia Pictures' comedy, Just Go with It (2011), with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Bailee earned rave reviews with "The Wall Street Journal".
Bailee captured audiences hearts with her role of "May Belle Aarons" in Disney's Bridge to Terabithia (2007), and has left lasting impressions with her performances in the independent film, Phoebe in Wonderland (2008) (starring Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning), and on television in NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999). She appears as "Maxine Russo" in Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007), for its fourth and final season. When Bailee isn't working or studying, she loves cooking with her family.
When Bailee's not traveling, she's just like any other 12-year-old girl, she loves spending time at home with family and friends, barbecuing, swimming, and playing on her swing set. Of course her dog, Maddy, is always by her side.
Younger sister of actress Kaitlin Riley.
Was on a show, prior to "Once Upon a Time" (2011), with Jennifer Morrison. She played "Lucy", while Jennifer played her doctor in the "House M.D." (2004) episode, "House M.D.: Act Your Age (#3.19)" (2007). They shared no scenes in "Once Upon a Time" (2011), because Bailee is the young version of Jennifer's character's mother.
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