Chicago — One of our favorite childhood book series has made its way to television. The best-selling book series Ivy + Bean, by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall, is on Netflix as a three-part film series. The series focuses on two VERY different girls whose drastic personality differences lead to the perfect combination of friendship and adventure. We had the chance to speak with Madison Skye, the young actress who portrays the role of the fearless Bean.
Starring in Ivy + Bean is this 9-year-old actress’s acting debut. Though she began as a model, she now has officially made her mark in the beloved series. The casting process, in her words, was “…tempting and suspenseful, but also very exciting… .” After learning she booked the role, she was on top of the world, especially with her first project being on such a huge network. “My mom, she thought that I was joking at first until she heard me SCREAMING because I’ve been off on auditions and auditions and auditions and this was my first one!”
As the trilogy is based on the book series, there are many similarities and differences. From the storyline to the characters, the entirety of the project is truly unique! “It’s like the same plot and the same storyline as the book but not everything is exactly the same,” she says. Unlike the book, Bean’s character in the film is African-American, adding a new form of representation.
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