Born March 3, 1992 in Santa Barbara, California to Grammy and Oscar winning musician father Christopher Cross and mother Jan Cross, Madison had the bug for the arts running through her veins from the beginning. She showed an interest in performing at a very young age; hiding in her dad’s studio to watch how the magic was made and putting on elaborate performances for family and friends on a consistent basis. At the age of 2, she began studying ballet, and continued dancing through the rest of her academic years; studying hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and modern dance as well. Along side her dance lessons, she began taking vocal lessons at age 8, and soon after began studying acting at the Young Actor’s Space in Los Angeles.
Her parents soon realized this was more than just a hobby and at the age of 11 Madison was accepted to Crossroads School of the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, to further nurture her passion. While in high school she performed such roles as Mary in Merrily We Roll Along and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. Outside of school, she was studying at multiple other theater schools performing roles including Eponine in Les Miserables, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Rose in Gypsy, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, and many more.
While in high school and college, Madison also interned for two summers at Imagine Entertainment, where her passion for film truly blossomed, spiraling into a new love for all things in film production.
Her long-standing dream of attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with focus in Drama, became a reality when she was accepted to join the Class of 2014. Studying originally at Playwrights Horizon’s Theater School and then at Stonestreet Studios within Tisch, Madison performed in several short films as well as plays including Woyzeck, Hamlet, and devised theater pieces including the original workshop for Primer for a Failed Super Power directed by Tony-Nominated director Rachel Chavkin and The Team.
Skinny Fat Girl, an autobiographical short film written, produced, and starring Madison, premiered at Los Angeles Short Film Festival continues to make it's way through the festival circuit showing at Cleveland International Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, California Women's Film Festival, and many others.
Madison now resides in Los Angeles with her dog Bugs.
Representation: Echo Lake Entertainment - Phone: (310) 789-4790
Iris Grossman and Peter McGrath (Talent)
Matt Horwitz (Literary)
Instagram & Twitter: @madison__cross