Nine-year-old child actress Bailey Skodje can be seen on TV screens in America on ABC series The Crossing in the role ‘Leah’. Having starred in a number of roles at still only a young age, Bailey is set to star in a new role later this year written and directed by Mitch Bax. Answering our questions recently, we find out about her role in The Crossing, being on set for her first acting role and filming away from home.
Without giving spoilers, what can you tell us about TV series The Crossing?
The Crossing is about these people who are trying to escape war in America but they are from the future, the people who survive are washed up onto a beach and taken to a camp. Leah is one of the survivors but has been separated from her mom and all she wants is to just be with her. She tries to stay strong, just like her mom.
You are playing the role of Leah, how would you describe your character?
Kind of lonely and shy at first but Leah starts to open up to people as she starts to feel comfortable at the camp, although she really misses her mom.
What was it like on set of the series?
It was fun, everyone was great to work with, the cast and crew are the best!
Was there anything in particular that drew you to the script?
It was a really cool script, I really liked the character of Leah, it just fit me.
Where was the series filmed?
Most of the series was filmed in and around Vancouver, BC but we did also film on Vancouver Island which was a fun trip on a ferry!
Who did you spend the most time with on set?
I spent a lot of time with all of the cast members just at different times, depending on the episode.
How did you feel on your first acting role and what was it?
I had a lot of fun even though it was a scary scene, me and my pretend sister had to hide underneath a bed with our stuffies and be scared, it was for a show called Cult.
Would you like to do any theatre work?
Yes, I actually do theatre through my dance studio. We did Seussical The Musical last year and it was so fun, I was a Who! This year, I’m in a production of The Wizard of Oz and I am a Munchkin and a Jitterbug, I can’t wait!
What would you say is the most fun role you have filmed?
Hmmm that is a tough one, I always have fun on set… I would have to say Leah would be the most fun yet. I loved doing the water scenes and enjoyed working with all the cast and crew.
Out of all the roles you’ve played, which one was filmed furthest away from home?
The Crossing was the furthest I have ever filmed from my home, the pilot was partially filmed on Vancouver Island in a beautiful town called Ucluelet.
What age did you realise you wanted to get into acting?
I can’t really remember, I think I was around three. My mom and dad said I’ve always been the life of the party since I was born!
Do you come from an acting background?
Yes, my nana does a lot of theatre and my cousin is also an actor (Emily Tennant) so I guess it runs in the family. My sister (Jena) and brother (Beckham) are also actors.
Which TV shows do you enjoy watching?
Full House and Fuller House, The Middle and Victorious are a few of my favourites, but I am also loving American Idol too!
Do you have any other roles coming up that you can tell us about?
Yes, I am in a beautiful short film written and directed by Mitch Bax called Dance With a Demon that will be coming out later this year. It is a story about a dad (Marcus Rosner) who is trying to explain to his little girl (me) why her mother (Heather Morris) is so sad all the time. It is a story told through the eyes of a child about depression.
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