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Apart from her high-profile career and her ascent within it, Haley Lu Richardson seems like a typical 21-year-old. She goofs around with her friends, reads books on spirituality, and shifts back and forth between fulfilling the responsibilities of adulthood and remaining a kid at heart. But with a handful of prominent upcoming roles, including in the acclaimed new coming-of-age film The Edge of Seventeen, the actress’s youthful exuberance is guiding her to a breakthrough in Hollywood.

Richardson was raised in Arizona, and was a serious dancer growing up. “I danced for like eight or nine years,” she says. “I was super focused and committed to that; all I did was go to school and then dance and get no sleep. That’s when I learned about self-motivation and committing to something, and also about how much I love entertaining and telling stories. And I think dance and acting have those things in common.” During her junior year of high school, as her classmates were thinking about where they wanted to go to college and what careers they wanted to pursue, her instincts led her towards acting. “That’s when I realized I want to try this acting thing,” she recalls. “I didn’t really know what it was, I didn’t know what LA was like, or what acting even felt like, to do it at a deep, real level, but I just had this calling. I know it sounds cheesy, but I just had this really strong obsession with going after it and learning about it.”

She convinced her parents to let her move to Los Angeles and her first film role came shortly after. She played a seventeen-year-old girl in a post-apocalyptic, drought-stricken world who got to save the day. “I was the hero, I was badass,” she exclaims, appreciative that the start of her acting career was so fulfilling. “I feel like it’s something that I do take for granted sometimes, the fact that I get these chances to play such interesting, three-dimensional people that aren’t just there to make a guy look funny or move the story along or be hot. I get those scripts sometimes and they make me so mad, and I don’t audition for them, but I get a lot of auditions where I really get the chance to be an actual human and explore someone that doesn’t fit in my type of stereotype. I feel like I wouldn’t love acting so much if I didn’t get to do that.”
Richardson’s bright-eyed demeanor has only helped her career thus far, where she has often had to play high-school-aged characters. “I really think there’s always something new to discover about that time in your life,” she explains. “Every time, I get an opportunity to go back and think about where I was when I was fifteen or sixteen and what I was going through and what I was feeling. It’s really cool because different characters bring different kinds of memories and experiences you actually went through at that age, and it’s a really complicated time.”

In The Edge of Seventeen, Richardson got to explore that age once again as Krista, who begins to date her best friend Nadine’s (Hailee Steinfeld) brother. “I think Krista really made me think of how I was in friendships,” Richardson says. “I see myself one way as kind of being crazy, and I do weird things and make stupid jokes, and all my friends are embarrassed of me, like I’m the twelve-year-old of the bunch. But I feel like friendships and relationships—especially when you’re so young—you go through things and you kind of need that rock.”
Following The Edge of Seventeen, Richardson will have a major departure from her past roles next January in the new M. Night Shyamalan film Split, in which she plays a teenager who is abducted by a man who has around twenty-three different personalities. “It’s hard doing a horror film or a thriller where the stakes are so high that it’s life and death,” she says. “Because—knock on wood—I’ve never had a near-death experience. But it’s really easier than people think to just be moved by words and by imagination, and sometimes when words are written—and Night wrote such a specific story—when you read those words and imagine yourself in your situation, it’s kind of hard to not respond and not have an actual emotional reaction to that.”

In another new twist for her, Richardson will also be appearing later next year alongside John Cho and Parker Posey in Columbus, in which she finds an unlikely connection with a Korean man who is stuck in Ohio. “Nothing really huge happens in the movie,” she explains. “You take a magnifying glass and zoom in on these two people’s lives and their timed meeting, and you see what unfolds, and see how they affect one another. I really appreciate films like that, that don’t have to be big and loud, that just silently show you what goes on in people’s lives.”
Despite Richardson’s growing prominence, she still retains her humble disposition. “I still don’t feel any more wise than when I first moved here,” she admits. “I feel like I’m learning new things every single day, and every time I’m like, ‘Wow I’ve figured it out,’ I go and shoot another movie and have another experience, and I’m like, ‘Oh wait, I didn’t figure it out.’ But I feel like also the point of doing something is learning. A privilege of life is being able to constantly learn and absorb things and observe people.” Her optimism may stem from her focused dance training, or from moving to Los Angeles before graduating high school, or from just simply being twenty-one, but with her newfound successes, there’s no reason for it to wane any time soon.
The Edge of Seventeen is out today.

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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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