Bailee Madison just stopped by TWIST's offices! We got the inside scoop on her new movie, Parental Guidance, what it was like on set, if she has her own parental problems and what she's up to next! Check out our exclusive convo below and make sure to go see Parental Guidance, in theaters now!
TWIST: Can you tell us a little bit more about Parental Guidance?
Bailee Madison: It's about these two grandparents that have to come and take care of these kids and they don't have a great relationship. They are trying to bond with the kids and the kids are trying to bond with the grandparents and it's really about love and it pulls your heartstrings. It's not all comedy, it's really real and I could not be more proud to be a part of it!
TWIST: What will TWIST readers love about this movie?
BM: I think they're going to love it because it's so relatable. I am this uptight teenager transitioning into my teen years. I'm really awkward and I have my first crush. So I think your readers can sit in their seats and watch the film and it's almost going to be like they're looking at themselves!
TWIST: Would you say you're similar or different to your character in the film?
BM: I'd actually say I'm similar because we're both going through our teen years and I remember filming it and she's this really awkward, doesn't know what to say, super uptight girl. I was like, 'I am never going to feel like this when I turn 13!' Sure enough, I just turned 13 and I was like, 'Oh I feel the awkwardness!' But on another note she's really pressured and she's doing it all for her parents and I definitely don't feel like that! That's a good thing not to be able to relate to.
TWIST: Can you tell us a little bit about what the vibe is like on set?
BM: The entire cast and crew were so friendly and so loving. During lunchtime, we'd play basketball or baseball on set, or dance and sing with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. It was a really fun shoot with tons of laughs and by the end of it we were a big, big family.
TWIST: Do you have any funny or embarrassing stories from filming?
BM: I do remember there was this one scene in particular where the boy that I like comes up to me and he invites me to his birthday party. The director turned to me and was like 'Okay Bailee, just be like a little bit more flirtatious. Just twirl your hair or bite your lip or something.' So I'm twirling and I'm ripping pieces of hair out of my head and biting my lip so hard that my lip is a mess! So that was really funny, everybody on set was cracking up. They were like, "You have no clue what you're doing!" So, I learned some tips there!
TWIST: Would you say your parents are similar or different to the parents in the movie?
BM: Different. The ones in the movie don't use the word 'No.' They let the child be very open and free and do whatever she wants. My parents definitely use the word 'No!' They are the parents and they don't let me think that I'm in control at all.
TWIST: Can you share a parent problem that you've had to deal with?
BM: I just got grounded the other day! But we love each other and we resolve it. I don't think I'm really allowed to have a parent problem!
TWIST: What's coming up next for you?
BM: In the beginning of January, I'm heading back to Vancouver for some more Once Upon A Time. I play young Snow White and I'm really excited about that. I absolutely love the show, I love the costumes and I love my role, so I'm really thankful to be a part of it. On the personal side, my sister just had a baby! I have a beautiful little niece, so I have to be a good aunt for her!
TWIST: Thank you so much for chatting with us!
BM: Thank you!
Photo: Courtesy Danielle Pozsonyi