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Actress Haley Lu Richardson is on the edge of her big break—literally. This fall, the 21-year-old stars in the drama-comedy The Edge of Seventeen as Krista, a wise-beyond-her-years high schooler whose relationship with her best friend, Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), is tested when she falls for Nadine’s older brother.

“Their friendship is a pretty cool dynamic,” Richardson says, speaking over the phone from her home in Topanga Canyon, right outside of Los Angeles. “Nadine is a bit lost and wacky. She embarrasses herself and goes through all these struggles, and Krista is kind of her rock. But when Krista starts dating Nadine’s older brother, I feel like [the film] could so easily have gone to a place of like, ‘Oh, they’re enemies now.’ But Krista wasn’t out to get Nadine—she just ended up in this position where she wants to explore this [relationship] for herself, but that maybe it doesn’t have to ruin [their friendship]. And that, if anything, maybe it can bring them all closer together, or Nadine and her brother closer together. She’s not the stereotypical villain.”

And for Richardson, there was no better scene partner than Steinfeld: “It was super easy playing best friends with Hailee,” she says of the 19-year-old Oscar nominee. “We had such a good time. I was really inspired by her. She’s younger than me, but she has such a strong sense of her work and she’s so confident in her choices, because she’s been acting for so long.”
Surprisingly, Richardson hasn’t been. Even though she’s a self-described ham (“It’s part of the baggage of being an only child,” she says, laughing) and tried musical theater as kid, acting wasn’t the center of her young life. Rather, from ages nine to fifteen, she devoted herself to competitive dance. “I learned to be really hard on myself [through dance],” she admits, “which can be detrimental if it’s not balanced. It’s one of those best friend-frenemy things I have with my own self. But [dance] was still the only that really meant anything to me besides my family and friends.”
However, when she started considering her future, the Arizona native found herself at a crossroads. She wasn’t psyched about the thought of attending a traditional college (“My friends had Stanford flags up in their rooms. I was never that kid!”), but she also couldn’t see herself dancing professionally. So she pitched an idea to her mom and dad: She wanted to move to Los Angeles to give acting a serious shot.

Her parents weren’t keen on the idea at first, but after numerous discussions—Richardson even made a poster-board mapping out where she’d live, how she’d finish school, how they’d do it financially—they said yes. So, at 16, she and her mom moved to the City of Angels, where she finished high school online. But once she turned 18, her mom moved back to Arizona, and the pressure was on.
“Since I’ve been living here on my own,” she explains. “The only person I have to rely on to hold me accountable for anything—to have me to go auditions, to get me to work on time, to keep me going even when things get really tough—is myself.”
Luckily, Richardson doesn’t flinch under pressure—and so far, she’s been up to the challenge. In 2015, she starred as an Olympic hopeful gymnast in The Bronze. And after The Edge of Seventeen, she’ll appear opposite James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming feature, Split, slated for release in 2017. No pressure.

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Live. Love. Lounge. | Haley Lu Richardson

Haley Lu Richardson is Tess in Ravenswood, Maggie Townsend in The Bronze, and a self-described “very short yet very loud actual legitimate alien” on her Instagram profile. She can act, she can dance, she is a hell of a crocheter, and we love every bit of her fiery personality! And, doesn’t she just look amazing in our “A Blush of Shadows” by UNBOUND SOUL kimono?!

We recently shared our three favorite Ls: Live. Love. Lounge. with Haley and she told us which phrases, thoughts or stories each one of them bring to her mind.

Live.
Haley: “Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw

I discovered this quote in 4th grade and ever since then it’s been my favorite. Yes, I know it’s more than a bit cheesy, but it has always resonated true with me. It’s cheesy but it’s simple and straightforward and that’s what I like about it. This quote is how I live my life and how I plan on continuing to live the rest of my existence. There is so much in this world we can’t control but the one thing we always have power over is ourselves. I don’t want to wait around to be good or for something good to happen, I want to take charge and create my legacy and destiny and I want what I create to be worth while. That is what I feel it means to “live”.

Love.
Haley: When I think of the world “love” I think of people. Not a lot of people. I think of a small, special circle of my favorite people in the world all holding hands around me. Almost like in Harry Potter when he’s about to fight Voldemort and all the people he cares about most show up in spirit and form a force field of love around him! Sorry I just re-watched all the movies so I have Harry on my brain ha-ha-ha! But seriously—I look around and I see these people and they are looking at me with that look, that look you can’t describe with any other word but “love”. And we just stand there and take each other in. No one says anything, but no one needs to. It’s making me smile so big right now just thinking of it 🙂

Lounge.
Haley: Nature. I don’t care if it’s a mountain and a sunset in Arizona or a beach and palm trees in the Caribbean. Clear air and a clear mind.
A comfy chair. A comfy pillow. And of course a glass of wine 😉

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1883 Magazine: Interview + Photoshoot

Haley Lu Richardson, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, upon moving to L.A. aged sixteen, found her true calling in the form of acting. With an eclectic range of roles already under her belt, Haley Lu emits all the signs of an up and coming star in the making.

Haley Lu’s passion for acting emerged at a young age. Always wanting to entertain at family parties, and training dance extensively throughout her teenage years, the motivation to perform has always been present. Starting off in the world of TV, appearing in the popular teen drama Ravenswood, Haley Lu has recently been driven increasingly into the world of film. Recently starring in The Bronze and The Young Kieslowski, Haley Lu’s strong appearances have landed her roles in two exciting upcoming features. The first being The Edge of Seventeen due for release September 20th of this year, coming from first time director Kelly Fremon. Haley Lu shall also be starring in the eagerly anticipated Split, directed by none other than M. Night Shyamalan, due for release in January of 2017. These roles are but the tip of the iceberg for what we may expect from Haley Lu in the coming years.
We were lucky enough to catch up with the young actress in New York City, learning more about her past and present roles, as well as aspirations for the future.

What got you interested in acting in the first place?
I didn’t move to L.A. until I was sixteen, I am originally from Phoenix Arizona. I was always interested in the arts; acting, dancing, I tried singing but I sucked at it, performing in general, entertaining and all that kind of stuff. I always wanted to entertain when we had the family over for Christmas. I started dancing when I was really young. It sounds really stupid and mushy, but different people have different kinds of callings you know, and I guess it was always something that I considered my thing.

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Popular Girl: Haley Lu Richardson

Haley Lu Richardson is best known for her role as Tess in the ABC Family series “Ravenswood” and currently stars alongside Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) in the hit comedy “The Bronze”.

In “The Bronze”, the 21-year-old Arizona native plays Maggie Townsend a promising young gymnast that threatens the local celebrity status of forgotten Olympic medalist Hope (played by Rauch). We caught up with Haley in LA to talk about the movie with a quick round of our POP Quiz. Check it out!!!

NAME: Haley Lu Richardson

NICKNAME: Hay, Lucy, small, peanut

OCCUPATION: Actor, Dancer

MOST TEXTED PERSON IN YOUR PHONE: My boyfriend or my mother

DREAM ROLE IN A MOVIE THAT’S ALREADY BEEN MADE: There are so many movies I would have loved to be in but my DREAM role is dancing contemporary/jazz and acting together in a really good film!

CAREER ICON: Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Lawrence

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Lizards because they just bask in the sun for hours!

FAVORITE SNEAKERS: Nike!

FAVORITE BOOK: I don’t read a lot of books because I read scripts all day long. Maybe, The Giving Tree.

TV ADDICTION: Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville and The Bachelor!

KARAOKE ANTHEM: “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: I recently watched “In Bruges” with my parents.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FILM “THE BRONZE. “The Bronze” is a comedy movie and I honestly feel like you have to hate life if you don’t laugh at it! It’s about Hope Ann Greggory, who is a washed up, bitter gymnast living in her glory days that gets stuck with training my character, Maggie Townsend, who is annoyingly innocent and naive. The film can be shockingly inappropriate and crass at times, but there is a really sad quality to Hope, which makes it touching to follow her journey.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? I’m feeling pretty good! Today was my first day in a couple weeks where I didn’t really have much to do so I napped, which was really nice.

WHAT IS POPULAR? Being yourself! And Birkenstocks (to me anyways).

The Imagista – Interview

From dancing to acting, it is clear that Haley Lu was born to entertain. This young actress is making a big splash in the industry and we at imagista got the chance to chat with her.

Imagista: How old were you when you first started acting? How did you get into it?

Haley: Well… that’s a long story. I kind of did something that a lot of people found stupid, I didn’t really do much acting before I moved here and I moved here when I was sixteen. I did community theater when I was really young in Arizona and even then, I couldn’t get the main roles in the plays. I played these random roles that no one cared about like an old woman that was pretty much an extra, that had one line in one play. So I did that when I was very young in Arizona, then I got into dancing. When I was eight or nine I started competitive dance, it was very different from acting obviously but it’s similar in that it’s entertaining and telling a story and emoting, it’s a form of art and performance. I did that until I was sixteen.

Imagista: What style of dance was it?

Haley: I did contemporary, jazz, lyrical. I trained in everything, I did tap and hip hop as well but I kind of sucked at those. I was part of a competitive company at the studio that I went to in Arizona and even though we were all kids, all the kids were expected to take it very seriously. I don’t know if you watch shows like Dance Moms or something, but it’s very similar to that, its super hardcore on the mind and the body. All the girls are so long but you are treated like a professional dancer because the stakes are so high. When you are passionate about something, there is no other option than to make it your life.

Imagista: That’s cool.

Haley: Yeah, then when I was fifteen or sixteen a lot of my friends in dance were realizing that it was something they did more for fun and they didn’t want to make a career out of it and I was always one of the girls in the dance company that took it more seriously than others. There are only a few routes that you can take in becoming a professional dancer, you can go around and be part of a classical ballet company, which I couldn’t do because I’m really short and don’t have the body for ballet. You can be in a contemporary ballet group, in a traveling modern company or you move to Los Angeles or New York where you can be on broadway or in music videos. So I was just picturing myself doing that and I honestly felt like I might get a little bored of it. Then when I first moved to L.A., I was getting back into the acting thing and that hadn’t really clicked yet, so I got back into dancing and got a dance agent to make money and get a chance to see what it was like to work in L.A. and be a performer. I was dancing in video games and in parades and really random things and I was realizing that it wasn’t fulfilling. Backup dancing is very different than dancing alone in a studio and doing something that really moves you, very rarely can you get an opportunity like that where you are doing something that is really fulfilling as a backup dancer.

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Meet Haley Lu Richardson (Paper Mag)

After stints on a few teen TV shows like Ravenswood and Awkward, Haley Lu Richardson is now finding her footing in the world of film. The actress, raised in Arizona, first moved to LA four years ago to pursue a career as a professional dancer. Her dream, though, has always been acting. Now Richardson has three upcoming — and vastly different — projects, including crass gymnastics comedy The Bronze, high school flick Besties and M. Night Shyamalan’s new thriller Split. We chatted with the actress about her recent work, dealing Shyamalan’s specific direction and why you should never act like a dick onset.

So The Bronze is finally coming out?

It’s finally coming out! That premiered at Sundance last year. Honestly, I’m really excited to see it, because the only time I’ve seen it is at the opening night of Sundance. So many people were there and it was my first time at Sundance and it was like so scary that I honestly don’t even remember the movie. I just know that I laughed a lot. There’s a gymnastics sex scene [in the movie] and that’s what everyone’s talking about when it relates to the movie — that freaking gymnastic sex scene. I was sitting right in between Sebastian [Stan] and [co-writer and star] Melissa [Rauch]. Melissa had seen it a bunch obviously, but Sebastian had never seen it and they’d never seen it together. So I would look over at Sebastian and look over at Melissa and their faces were bright red. I picked the best seat in the house!

Had you done gymnastics before the film?

I actually did gymnastics when I was young. I stopped right before the competitive level. I always did it for fun. But I could do some tricks. And then I danced competitively for almost ten years. I still dance around my house, but I don’t dance competitively anymore. I actually moved to LA and my first year here did professional dance. I had a dance agent before I had an acting agent. I went out on backup dance auditions, big cattle calls. I did some music videos.

Who did you do music videos for?

Well, I was in video games. You know like Dance Central for Xbox Kinect? How you watch the people dance and follow the people’s moves and stuff? I did a couple of those. And then I did this one music video for this Mexican artist named Kevin Ortiz. They described him to me like, “He’s the Justin Bieber of Mexico.” I was like, “Okay, I don’t know about that.”

Once you started acting did you have a role that made you feel like you could actually do this as a career?

That Kevin Ortiz music video! No, kidding. I knew I wanted to be an actress before I even got a role. I knew “This is my plan. There’s nothing else.” Even when you’re just auditioning you start feeling things click inside and gears turning. But I did this movie called The Last Survivors. I filmed it four years ago after six months of living in LA and it’s a post-apocalyptic, drought-stricken world all about this 17-year-old girl who goes around and kills all the bad guys. It was just a really cool role to play for my first movie. There was a lot of responsibility. I had to carry the movie, which obviously was the best lesson in acting you can get. That’s when my parents started seeing my commitment.

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