The Game Plan
American young actress Madison Pettis rose to fame as the President's daughter, Sophie, in the sitcom “Cory in the House” (Disney Channel, 2007-2008). She won a Young Artist nomination for her role as Peyton Kelly in Disney's comedy film “The Game Plan” (2007), about a guy (played by The Rock) who abruptly discovers he has a 7 year old daughter (played by Pettis). Commenting about her costar, The Rock, she said, “He was just like a daddy to me. He always called me ‘honey.’ We got to talk about our favorite music (he likes Elvis and country music) and we talked about our favorite snack foods. On the first day, he got Dunkin' Donuts for me because that's his favorite snack and he put them in my trailer. On the box he wrote ‘Let's have an awesome day today, honey!’”
Madison also appeared in such TV series as “Hannah Montana,” “The 4440” and “Special Agent Oso” and the movies “Mostly Ghostly” (2008), “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” (2008, TV), “Seven Pounds” (2008) and “Free Style” (2008). Her voice can be heard in the cartoon film “Dr. Seuss' 'Horton Hears a Who!” (2008).
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Steven and Michelle Pettis, Madison Angel Pettis was born on July 22, 1998, in Arlington, Texas. Her father is African American and her mother is Mexican American. She has an older brother.
Madison is home schooled. A big fan of American Girl, she has several of the dolls and a closet full of furniture, clothes and stuffed animals for them.
Cory in the House
Madison Pettis began modeling and acting in commercials as a young child. In 2005, she played Bridget in the direct-to-video “Barney: Can You Sing That Song?” She followed it up by debuting on television with a two episode role in the PBS children’s show “Barney & Friends” (2006). Also in 2006, she appeared in the pilot of “Jericho,” as Stacy Clemons, voiced Bria in “Thank You God for... Friends and Helpers” and had a role in “Barney: Let's Make Music.”
Pettis' first breakthrough arrived when she won the regular role of Sophie Martinez, the President's young daughter, in the Disney Channel Original Series “Cory in the House,” a spin-off of “That's So Raven.” Debuting on January 12, 2007, the sitcom stopped airing in September 2008 because of the 2007/2008 Writer's Strike. Costars of the series included Kyle Massey, Jason Dolley, Maiara Walsh and John D'Aquino.
Pettis reprised her role of Sophie in an episode of “Hannah Montana” in 2007. The same year, she also offered a memorable guest appearance as young Isabelle Tyler in an episode of the USA Network science fiction series “The 4000” called “Daddy's Little Girl.” She then served as a commentator in “The Disney Channel Games.” In 2007, Pettis broke into the big screen in the Disney film “The Game Plan,” which was directed by Andy Fickman. Playing an 8 year old girl named Peyton Kelly, she costarred in the football oriented family movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick and Morris Chestnut and was nominated for a 2008 Young Artist in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger for her performance.
In 2008, Pettis did voiceover work in the animated film “Horton Hears a Who,” which starred the voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnet and Seth Rogen. Additionally, she starred as Tara in “Mostly Ghostly,” adapted from the successful book series by R.L. Stine, and played Claire in the TV film “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.” She next appeared as Connie's daughter in “Seven Pounds” (2008), a drama directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring big names like Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson, and played Bailey Bryant in William Dear's drama “Free Style” (2008), opposite Corbin Bleu. Pettis then returned to series TV as Katie in the Disney Channel adventure “Special Agent Oso” (2008), which starred Sean Astin, Meghan Strange, Gary Anthony Williams, Phill Lewis, Amber Hood and Cam Clarke.