Who is Mikey Madison – The Star From ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and ‘Scream’

By | April 13, 2024

Mikey Madison is a young American actress known for her roles as "Sadie" Atkins in the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) and Max Fox in the FX comedy-drama series Better Things (2016-2021). She impressed the new generation of horror film fans by playing Amber Freeman in the fifth sequel of the slasher film franchise Scream (2022).

Mikey Madison, a popular American actress

Mikey Madison, a popular American actress

Family Life

Mikaela Madison Rosberg was born on March 25, 1999, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, Tracy and Michael Rosberg, are both psychologists of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. They have five children. Mikey and her twin brother Miles are the third and fourth children. They have two older sisters, Tanya and Natasha, and a younger brother, Holden.

Mikey's maternal grandfather, Dan Felger, was a real estate developer who gathered enough money by flipping properties in the 80s and used it to establish a family trust.

While growing up, Mikey enjoyed watching Tarantino and Scorsese films with her father, but she was more inclined toward horseback riding than acting. Horses have been a major part of her family history since her mother and grandmother were equestrians.

Mikey seems to have experienced special comfort at her family-owned stables in Santa Clarita because she was a painfully shy child. However, she decided to be bold and try acting after watching 'Hunger Games.'

Mikey Madison pursued acting after watching Hunger Games

Mikey Madison pursued acting after watching Hunger Games

Mikey's mother was skeptical about the decision, but she enrolled Mikey in acting classes. Mikey's sister married Jeff Howard, an actor, writer, and co-founder of Big Smits Entertainment. This Hollywood connection helped her make headway as an actress and get her first role in 2013.


Mikey acted in commercials before she landed her first credited role in the 2013 short film 'Retirement.' From there, she starred in several other short films, such as 'Pani's Box' and 'Bound for Greatness.' She even made her television debut with a guest appearance on 'Modern Family' in 2015.

That same year, Mikey auditioned for a role in Pamela Adlon's semi-autobiographical sitcom 'Better Things.' Her parents were happy for her to audition for Pamela because they were fans of her work. When Mikey and Pamela had a chemistry read, they immediately hit it off.

Mikey was subsequently cast as Max Fox, a rebellious teenager and the eldest daughter of Adlon's character, Sam. Admittedly, it was difficult for Mikey to understand Max because she differs significantly from the character. Nevertheless, using the psychoanalytical skills her parents instilled in her, she was able to analyze Max's emotional needs, which resulted in her critically acclaimed performance.

Mikey Madison with her co-stars from Pamela Adlon's Better Things

Mikey Madison with her co-stars from Pamela Adlon's Better Things

While filming for 'Better Things,' Madison managed to snag a few movie roles, including a part in Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' in which she played Sadie, one of Charles Manson's followers. She also forayed into voice acting in 2019 when she lent her vocals for the part of Candi, the Barista, in 'The Addams Family.'

A still from Mikey Madison's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

A still from Mikey Madison's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Better Things concluded in 2022 after five seasons. According to celebritynetworth.com, Mikey amassed a small fortune filming the show, giving her a net worth of about $1 million.

Upcoming Projects

Mikey has admitted in previous interviews that she wouldn't be attracted to a project where she is only a prop for a man. She also has no interest in taking a role that would have her in excessive nude scenes.

She is drawn to projects that are women-led, with female casts mostly, because she's tired of all the existing media in which men are the center of the story. Mikey looks up to actresses like Holly Hunter, Laura Dern, and Whoopi Goldberg for their interesting and brave depictions of womanhood on screen. She even hopes to work alongside Hunter one day.

Mikey Madison in a still from Scream

Mikey Madison in a still from Scream

Mikey's two upcoming projects prioritize the female perspective. She will be starring in the film 'Anora,' a comedic drama about a sex worker. It is already in the post-production stage.

Mikey has also been cast as Judith Weinstein in the television adaptation of 'Lady in the Lake.'

Personal Life

Mikey is 5 feet 3 inches tall with raven hair. Despite her stardom, she likes to keep her personal life private. She created an Instagram account but deleted it quickly. She stated that the beauty standards of social media started to make her feel insecure about her appearance and jealous of other women, which is something that runs contrary to her belief.

She is committed to supporting women. She is also protective of her newfound self-confidence and, thus, prefers not to spend too much time online.

In her free time, she enjoys shopping, especially thrift shopping. She has a spiritual side; she likes to collect crystals and anything that has a magical aura to it. Mikey also enjoys spending time with her mom, who she considers her best friend.

She maintains a low profile, so much so that there aren't any rumors about her romantic interests or potential scandals. Although she doesn't have any public social media accounts, fans won't have to wait too long before seeing Mikey's face on their screens again, as 'Lady in the Lake' is set to debut in theaters later this year.

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