Christmas Day brought a lot of presents to many people across the country. One gift moviegoers received yesterday, December 25th was the new family movie, “Parental Guidance” starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei. The story focuses on what happens when two “old school” grandparents spend a week watching over their three grandchildren who have been raised by two “new school” parents. It is one of the most delightful family movies to come out in a long while.
Fort Lauderdale’s own Bailee Madison plays Harper, the granddaughter in the movie. Bailee Madison has begun to build quite a resume for herself at such a young age. I had spoken to Bailee last year when she was promoting her new movie at the time, “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark”. I had the opportunity to speak to her again at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival where she received the Star on the Horizon Award. We talked about her feelings on winning the prestigious award, working on “Parental Guidance” and how she felt about becoming an aunt.
Before we get to the business at hand, let me ask you this, what’s it like to be a first time aunt? Oh! Oh my gosh! I’m so excited! My sister is due in December and I am so happy. I want to be the coolest aunt in the entire world. I think I’m more stressed out and excited than my sister is. I’m always like, “Katie are you okay? Can I get you anything? Do you want a massage?” She’s handled it so beautiful, so effortlessly. I’m very, very excited to welcome a little girl into our lives.
You are getting the Star on the Horizon award here at FLIFF. Can you talk about what that means to you? It means more than words. I truly am so excited. I’m so grateful. I love South Florida; this is where I am from, so I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than knowing that where you grew up is standing behind you and supporting you. I cannot wait until the ceremony.
I interviewed “The Walking Dead’s” Madison Lintz a few months ago… Yes! That’s my mouse, that’s what I call her. She’s my little mouse.
You two worked on “Parental Guidance” together. What was the most rewarding experience from working on that movie? Oh, my gosh! There are so many things! Literally I could sit with you for days and tell you. I have such wonderful stories. I would have to say that it is my first time transitioning to a tween kind of teen. There are not a lot of scripts out there where I can do it. It’s kind of real in what girl’s are actually going through. So for me to be a part of that and kind of grow on screen is so wonderful. Of course getting to with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and getting to work with our director, Andy Fickman was a huge honor.
Did you learn anything from them that you hadn’t experience yet before? Oh, so much! Bette Midler, she taught me a lot. Billy definitely! He had so many keys about my character, Harper that he helped me get through. That was so wonderful. Bette gave me the whole history of theater and music so I leaned a lot from her as well.
You can see Baille Madison in “Parental Guidance” currently playing in theaters everywhere.