You are a producer, actress, author, designer, advocate, director— the list is endless! What advice would you give to someone who is unsure of pursuing their passions?
My advice is that I believe in you and your passions. If you truly love something, you have to go for it. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, not bring you down, and use every bit of passion you have, nerves and all, to tell YOUR story.
You co-wrote Losing Brave, a story about a 17-year-old girl lost in the mystery of her twin sister’s disappearance, with author Stefne Miller. What inspired you to write the novel and can you give us a brief synopsis in your own words?
I’ve always loved writing, as an actor it’s because of the writers that we get to do what we do. So, the dream was to always write something that was meant for the joy of someone else, whether that was a script or, a book. One night, after a day on the set of a film I was producing, I was sitting with Stefne Miller, a friend and author who had been brought on to revise the script. She turned to me and asked if I’d ever thought of collaborating on a book together, it was a quick yes and ideas started forming right away. Fast forward two and a half years and the story we created picks up on the life of Payton Brave, a year after her sister has disappeared. As the rest of the small town moves on, Payton struggles to do so and as a result, loses pieces of her. Along the way two other girls are declared missing and Payton now finds herself living a nightmare, one she wants to solve and wake up from.
Surround yourself with people that lift you up, not bring you down, and use every bit of passion you have, nerves and all, to tell YOUR story.
Losing Brave focuses on the psychology of loss and mystery, embodied by protagonist Payton Brave. How were you able to write with such difficult emotions and where did these emotions come from?
I was very fortunate to have a wonderful writing partner who was just as excited as I was to dive into the psychological world. As an actor, I’m enamored by complicated and dark characters or stories. It’s a dream to push yourself into a world that’s so scary and unlike yours.
While writing your debut novel, what was the most difficult aspect of the writing process?
Stefne Miller and I never wrote in person once, and that was pretty difficult. I was always away filming and she was home working! I think it was making the most out of our long-distance relationship, no matter what hour of the night we talked.
You star in The Strangers: Prey at Night, the sequel to The Strangers, opposite Christina Hendricks, which released March 9th, 2018. What is the movie about?
The movie follows a family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night who are visited by three masked psychopaths to test their every limit.
In Prey at Night, what character do you play? How similar/different are you from her?
I play Kinsey, she is this fierce minded teenager and when we meet her we realize she is about to be sent away to boarding school. I was so attracted to Kinsey because of how complicated her layers are, she is such a far stretch from my life and from past roles I’ve played. She’s broken, she’s troubled, and without a doubt she’s a badass.
What sets The Strangers apart from other horror movies?
I think what people loved so much about the first film was how realistic it was. There’s nothing fancy, or supernatural that happens. It’s scary because it could easily happen, it’s a fear that is inside all of us. In our film, that same fear remains, there’s no cliché horror moment, our characters are smart, and our killers are real.
If there are any, what are issues in the entertainment industry you wish to change? Why?
I think it’s a very special time in this industry because conversations that are crucial are finally being had and being heard. There’s much work to be done, not just in our industry but others, and I’m grateful to be living in a time where change is coming for the better.
In January 2018, you launched your spring capsule collection, Nowadays x Bailee Madison, with Macy’s. How would you describe the collection in 3 words?
Made. For. You.
While designing the collection, what factors did you take into consideration?
It was important to consider that not every girl is looking for the same thing, I wanted the line to be filled with diversity when it came to styles. There’s a little something for everyone, to mix and match and make it feel like their own.
What inspired you to design and launch a collection for young girls?
I’ve always loved fashion and recently I’ve realized how big of a role fashion can play in your life. When you wear something, it’s a reflection of you. When the team at Macy’s and Nowadays asked if I’d be willing to partner up for my very own spring/summer collection it was a dream come true. To me, I hope that these clothes open a door to wonderful memories that are made while wearing them. So, it isn’t just a garment, it’s a story.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is first making sure to take care of myself, it’s been a whirlwind of a year and I feel so thankful. I’m on the hunt for the next script that tugs on my heart strings, and I’m also encouraged to find pieces that allow me to step behind the camera. That’s something I’m truly ready to tackle. I’ll also be seen in season 4 of “Good Witch,” which premiers in April on the Hallmark Channel.
STORY JANICE KIM
PHOTOS ANNA ZHANG
HAIR & MAKEUP MICHAELINE BECKER using CLÉ DE PEAU and R+CO
STYLIST KATIE QIAN
FLORIST SARAH SIEGEL at THE FLOWER METHOD
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