Characters / Bridge to Terabithia

Jesse Aarons Jr.

Played by: Julian Coutts (1985) Josh Hutcherson (2007)

Leslie Burke

Played by: Julie Beaulieu (1985) AnnaSophia Robb (2007)
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She's a runner who uses her sense of adventure to design an imaginary kingdom across the creek while Jesse is an artistic boy who tries to not let his many insecurities get the best of him.
  • Nice Girl: She is friendly to everyone she meets, and even reaches out to Janice Avery.
  • One of the Boys: Leslie's first friend is a guy, and it is implied that she doesn't have any others. Jesse befriends and spends time with her to get away from his girly-girl sisters, despite the fact that she's a girl as well.

May Belle Aarons

Played by: Jennifer Matichuk (1985) Bailee Madison (2007)

Joyce Ann Aarons

Played by: Grace Brannigan (2007 film only)

Miss Edmunds

Played by: Annette O'Toole (1985) Zooey Deschanel (2007)
  • Cool Teacher: That plus her looks is what Jesse likes about her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had she not called Jesse to join her at the museum, Leslie would probably have survived her last trip to Terabithia.

Ellie Aarons

Played by: Emma Fenton (2007 only)

Brenda Aarons

Played by: Sharon Alexander (1985) Devon Wood (2007)

Janice Avery

Played by: Bridget Ryan (1985) Lauren Clinton (2007)

Mr. Aarons

Played by: Tom Heaton (1985) Robert Patrick (2007)
  • Abusive Parents: In the film at least it's more overt, with him being openly scornful of Jessie's art hobby (especially when Jessie loses his keys by accident).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being strict on Jessie early in the movie, he does console him when the latter is grieving over Leslie.

Mrs. Aarons

Played by: Gloria Carlin (1985) Kate Butler (2007)

Mr. Burke

Played by: Peter Dvorsky (1985) Latham Gaines (2007)

Mrs. Burke

Played by: Darlene Bradley (1985) Judy McIntosh (2007)

Gary Fulcher and Scott Hoager