Talk about a perfect role for her! The inspiring teen actress Bailee Madison, who you recall was BYOU Magazine’s Summer ’14 cover story, launches a new series tonight (Saturday, February 28) on the Hallmark Channel called “Good Witch.” This series is based on the popular and enchanting Hallmark Channel “Good Witch” movies starring Catherine Bell as Cassie Nightingale, a charming, inspiring, and magical do-gooder who uses her gifts of intuition and positivity to make an uplifting difference in the lives of those around her. In this new Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series, Bailee Madison plays Grace, the also-gifted and charming daughter of Cassie, whose positive spirit magically inspires others to see the best in themselves. Don’t miss the special two-hour premiere Saturday, February 28, at 8pmET/PT!
In our current Winter ’15 “Positive Thinking” issue, BYOU Magazine interviewed Bailee Madison about her new show and about her own positive spirit. Below is an excerpt from that article of our exclusive interview with Bailee, plus additional conversation with Bailee not yet published!
ABOUT GOOD WITCH: “I was asked to do this series, and of course, anything with Hallmark is an immediately yes! The Good Witch movies (there are seven total) are loved by so many, and this series picks up with my character, Grace, now as a 15 year old. Grace and her mother (played by Catherine Bell), are good witches who come back to their small town of Middleton to keep the magic alive. We never actually say we are witches in the show—it’s for people to guess and use your imagination—but we use our magic for helping people, never for ourselves. Everyone is charmed by us because we are always so positive and good-hearted by doing things for others.”
ABOUT GRACE: “My character is such a good person, and my mom’s is too; I think that’s why viewers fell in love with Catherine’s character [in the movies] and now I hope they will also with Grace. She’s incredibly smart and so wise, yet she’s learning too, which is really nice. She’s not like typical 15 year old, but she does have her 15-year-old days and gets into things with her mom and feels terrible after. It’s a great mother/daughter story about growing up, making the wrong and right choices, and coming together. I feel very blessed to play this character that’s so relatable to girls my age.” (see video below!)
POSITIVITY: “There are so many negative things in this world, so it’s important to take that negativity and spin it around. We have to be that light that helps others and makes a difference in their lives, even if it’s a smile, a hello, or a ‘can I help you?’ That act of positivity can change someone’s day, week, or month. We are all here on this earth for a reason—to have a voice and make a difference. If you don’t, you’re missing something. Ask yourself: Am I proud of myself? Am I being the best person I can be? The truth is, we ALL can be if we choose to be.”
THE BRIGHT SIDE: “A show I was on for a year got cancelled and I was a wreck; I just wanted to cry and mope and eat ice cream out of the container. But I thought, I have to be positive (and put the ice cream away!), grow from this, and trust that God has a plan. It’s about looking at the bright side of things, even when things don’t seem so bright. Everything happens for a reason, and when one door closes, another opens—and I was able walk through that door a bit wiser. I’m so grateful for all the good and bad I’ve gone through—I wouldn’t be ‘me’ without it!”
TIP: “Surround yourself with positive people who are light and happy, who bring you up and not bring you down. Those people that encourage you to do better and to want to be better…to say words that are nicer. Make sure your friends reflect who you want to be. If they are not happy and only talk negative, you can try to help them, but if they won’t change, you have to take care of yourself and find people who are good for you.”
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: “We are all here to have a voice and make a difference; we all have a choice. It’s as simple as walking down the street – you can ignore a person or you can smile, say hello, or even something nice like ‘I like your coat!’ It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s a choice in life that you can walk past things or help that person feel better. It’s a constant choice every day to help even one person with that light or that smile—and if you don’t you’re missing something. I think it’s our job to help give a little push and help spread the lightness.”
Read Bailee Madison‘s full exclusive interview PLUS enter to win an autographed copy of her BYOU Magazine cover when you get the Winter ’15 issue of BYOU Magazine! Look for it on newsstands or download it now when you install the free BYOU Magazine app on iTunes, Android, or Amazon!