Get to Know Bailee Madison Before 'Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin' Becomes Your Next Favorite TV Show

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The busiest 22-year-old in Hollywood, Bailee Madison, has more than 58 acting credits to her name, so really her new gig on Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is just another hit on her long and impressive list! On HBO Max’s new reboot of the ABC Family smash success, PLL: Original Sin follows a familiar storyline: a group of secretive teens are minding their business but somehow end up haunted by the anonymous “A.”

Madison plays Imogen Adams, a passionate, pregnant 15-year-old on a mission to drag the school mean girls, win the Spirit Queen crown, and hunt down the mysterious “A.” Of course, it’s not Pretty Little Liars with only *one* little liar. Bailee Madison’s co-stars include Maia Reficco, Chandler Kinney, Malia Pyles, Zaria Simone, and Mallory Bechtel.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is streaming on HBO Max as of today, and in honor of the premiere, let’s take a stroll through Bailee Madison’s impressive resume, which she's been adding to since she was a kid. Award yourself a point for each Bailee project you’ve seen!

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Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth - Getty Images

Bridge to Terabithia

This 2007 tearjerker stars AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson, but you already knew that. What you may have forgotten is that little May Belle Aarons was played by none other than Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’s Bailee Madison! Depending on what age you were when you first saw this movie, May Belle was either the little brat of a younger sister or the whole heart of the movie. Skipping all the deeply traumatic parts of this plot for kids born after 1997, the movie ends in a sweet moment. Josh Hutcherson’s Jess takes May Belle to Terabithia, where they agree to rule together as king and princess. ❤️

Stream 'Bridge to Terabithia' on SlingTV

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

Don’t tell us you’ve forgotten about the famous made-for-tv movie from 2008, Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, in which our favorite Nickelodeon brothers vow to give a little girl the best Christmas ever? Well, once again, that little girl was none other than Bailee Madison. She was basically the token “little girl” in any movie made between 2000 and 2010.

Stream 'Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh' on Prime Video


The 2009 (see?!) drama Brothers stars Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and bb Bailee Madison. The movie follows a veteran from the Afghanistan war who must reintegrate into society following his release from captivity, during which he was presumed dead. The movie tackles issues of PTSD and trust, and it features Madison as (you guessed it!) a little girl.

Stream 'Brothers' on Hulu

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Bailee's first leading role came in 2010 with Guillermo del Toro’s horror flick, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. With an iconic set of bangs and the childlike innocence horror movies just love to destroy, Madison plays an 8-year-old kid living in a haunted Rhode Island home.

Stream 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' on HBO Max

Just Go With It

Just Go With It is a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. Adam plays a successful plastic surgeon and bachelor who fears marriage, while JenAn plays his office manager and friend, who is divorced with two children. One night at a party, Adam's Danny meets a hot young teacher who is under the impression he is a divorced father of two. In order to get the girl, he convinces Jennifer's Katherine to pose as his ex-wife. Bailee plays Jen's movie daughter, and Adam's fantasy daughter in his faux life story. It’s all very 2011, and it's a fine rom-com.

Stream 'Just Go With It' on Peacock

Wizards of Waverly Place

Ah, Wizards of Waverly Place. Some of Disney Channel’s best work! The show that made the world fall in love with Selena Gomez is also one of Bailee Madison’s most memorable early roles. During the show’s fourth season, the youngest Russo brother, Max, spins a defective spell and turns into a girl, Maxine Russo. Maxine (played by Bailee Madison, of course) sticks around for six episodes.

Stream 'Wizards of Waverly Place' on Disney+

Parental Guidance

The 2012 family comedy Parental Guidance stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei, and follows an aging couple asked to take care of their grandchildren while their parents are out of town. Bailee plays Harper Simmons, the high achieving granddaughter in the family.

Stream 'Parental Guidance' on Prime Video

Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife was a sitcom that ran for one season on ABC, following a young party girl who marries a middle aged lawyer with three children, one of whom was played by Bailee Madison.

Stream 'Trophy Wife' on Hulu

Once Upon a Time

On ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Bailee played a young Snow White, appearing in seasons 1, 2, 5, and 7.

Stream 'Once Upon a Time' on Disney+

The Fosters

The Fosters was a teen drama series that aired in the stronghold era of ABC Family–think Secret Life of the American Teenager, Make It Or Break It, etc. It followed the Adams-Foster family, led by a lesbian couple raising four adopted adopted teenagers and one biological son. Bailee played Sophia Quinn, Callie’s biological sister.

Stream 'The Fosters' on Hulu

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Obviously, we couldn't cap this story without another mention of Bailee's latest, greatest project: Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. If you're itching to catch Bailee as Imogen, head right this way and enjoy:

Stream 'Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin' on HBO Max

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