Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad in 'Hairspray Live!'
Maddie Baillio is a fresh face who has been cast as the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC's live production of Hairspray
. She's 20 years old and originally hails from Houston, Texas, but now she's performing live in front of millions of at-home viewers. And, it was a Facebook casting call ad that led her on this journey. When it came to Baillio auditioning and landing the role, she told Billboard
: This was my first professional audition. I finished my sophomore year of college the day before they told me that I got the part, so this is the first time doing a show since high school.
Though Baillio is a college student, Just Jared Jr.
reports that she will not be returning to school after Hairspray Live!
She hopes to eventually land a role on Broadway. For more information on Baillio, click through our gallery of her best Hairspray
pics on set and behind-the-scenes. (Instagram)