Jingle Jangle, Netflix’s first live-action musical, just debuted and it is already becoming a true holiday hit. The story follows a toymaker, who after decades, his trusted apprentice betrayed him. And, when his kind and curious granddaughter, portrayed by Madalen Mills, comes into his life, the toymaker finds a new hope in the season. 


Jingle Jangle is the first film for 11-year-old Mills, who turns 12 next month, and she is unquestionably making a mark on Hollywood with her incredible talent. But, just how did Madalen Mills get her start?

The talented young actress got her start by landing lead roles in school plays and productions, eventually securing roles in Broadway productions. After being tapped for a role in “Dr. Seuss,” in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical,” Mills toured the country with the production, making a name for herself in the industry. 

After continuing on in theater, getting more roles in landmark performances, the young Mills was selected to play “Sophie” in “School of Rock,” the Broadway adaptation of the Jack Black movie. Mills was officially on her way.

When asked in a recent interview with ScreenRant about the difference between performing on-stage and in the Netflix film, Mills replied, “It was definitely different than Broadway, because when you’re on Broadway, everything’s live. If you mess up, or if you hit the wrong note, then that’s what you do. And you continue on. But recording at AIR Studios in London was actually really fun. I really enjoyed being a in a recording studio; it was a great new experience.”

For her first film, the talented young star shares the screen with Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad, Ricky Martin, and Anika Noni Rose, among others. The project was produced by John Legend, Mike Jackson, David E. Talbert, and Lyn Sisson-Talbert for Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

The film’s musical score includes songs by John Legend and Philip Lawrence.

We cannot wait to see what the future holds for this incredible rising star. We are sure that we are going to be seeing much much more of her in the future. 

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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