CELEBRITY EX­TRA

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: I was watch­ing “Bridge to Ter­abithia” the other day with my kids, and it made me won­der what­ever hap­pened to the young ac­tress who played May Belle. She was so good! -Katie R., via email

A: Bailee Madi­son has been a busy ac­tress since the fam­ily-adventure film of 2007. She’s been in tons of stuff, in­clud­ing “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Tro­phy Wife” and “The Fos­ters.” Presently you can catch her in the “Good Witch” se­ries on Hall­mark (which airs Sun­day nights at 9/8c), where she plays Catherine Bell’s daugh­ter, Grace. I spoke with her re­cently, and she told me about the joy of co-star­ring in a block­buster like “Ter­abithia,” as well as how much fun it is to play a witch’s daugh­ter on “Good Witch.”

Of “Ter­abithia,” Bailee raved: “I was in New Zealand for over six months, and it’s one of the most beau­ti­ful places I’ve vis­ited. ÊThe black-sand beaches and just theÊ­cul­tureÊ-- it was such a spe­cial time for me. That movie is so iconic to so many peo­ple on so many lev­els, and I got to be a part of bring­ing a book to life. Now that I’m older, I’ve read the book and I’ve talked to kids who are read­ing the book -- it’s such a beau­ti­ful thing that I got to be a part of it. I’m so grate­ful.”

She’s also grate­ful to be co-star­ring in the hit show “Good Witch,” and she told me a bit about this sea­son. “I have to say with­out a doubt this is my fa­vorite jour­ney for Grace. She’s a very good girl; she doesn’t go out. She’s that pic­ture-per­fect daugh­ter who every mother dreams of hav­ing. But she’s also a teenager who’s deal­ing with new­found in­se­cu­ri­ties. She’s in love for the first time. I think what’s cool is she’s a lot more im­per­fect. I found it re­ally re­fresh­ing to get to play that.”

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Q: Can you give me any news about the next sea­son of “Stranger Things”? -- Kyle T., via Twit­ter

A: As you wish, Kyle. Sea­son three brings us Wes­ley/ The Dread Pi­rate Roberts (of “The Princess Bride”) him­self when Cary El­wes joins the cast as Mayor Kline. He’s de­scribed as “hand­some, slick and sleazy ... your clas­sic ‘80s politi­cian.” Also com­ing aboard is Jake Busey, play­ing Bruce, “a jour­nal­ist for ‘The Hawkins Post’ with ques­tion­able morals and a sick sense of hu­mor.” This new sea­son also will bring us eight brand-new episodes; how­ever, there is talk that Net­flix might not drop the se­ries un­til early 2019 in­stead of its usual Hal­loween re­lease. I’ll keep you posted on that.

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Q: I need more “GLOW”!

-- Jen­nie F., via email

A: You’re gonna get more “GLOW,” and soon! The 10-episode sea­son two drops June 29 on Net­flix. And if the show’s pre­miere-re­veal video is any indi­ca­tion, sea­son two will be just as fun and out­ra­geous as the first.

Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let­ters@cindyelavsky.com.

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

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