Haley Lu attended the GBK Pre-OSCAR Luxury Lounge last week in Beverly Hills. I have added 2 HQ pictures to the gallery
Haley Lu Richardson will play Mann’s daughter in the Universal comedy.
Split actress Haley Lu Richardson has joined The Pact, the Universal-Good Universe comedy that marks the directorial debut of Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon.
Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena are starring in the project, which tells of three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom and launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.
Richardson will play Mann’s daughter. Universal has set an April 20, 2018 release.
The comedy will be produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner, alongside Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton.
The script was written by brothers Brian and Jim Kehoe, Hurwitz, Schlossberg and Eben Russell.
Richardson starred with Hailee Steinfeld in the acclaimed teen drama The Edge of Seventeen and appeared with James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy in Universal’s hit horror movie Split. The M. Night Shyamalan movie has grossed over $115 million domestically.
Richardson is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment.
The “Split” and “The Edge of Seventeen” star tells us about dancing professionally and her respect for sisterhood
Haley Lu Richardson licks banana pudding off her spoon, her hazel eyes popping. It’s love at first sample. Giddy, intoxicated with the sweet perfumes of Magnolia Bakery, the young rising star orders the pudding with a side of red velvet cheesecake. Donning slip-ons embellished with avocados, post-photo shoot athleisure, and her golden hair wrapped in a loose bun, it is apparent that this is her safe space: comfy with dessert on the way. At a time when millennials are losing their social cues to awkward phone pauses, Richardson’s dynamic personality makes for vibrant conversation.
Most recently starring in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split opposite a psychopathic James McAvoy, and in 2016’s critically-acclaimed The Edge of Seventeen opposite former Flaunt cover Hailee Steinfeld. Richardson’s acting career is unfolding just as she dreamed it would when she moved to Los Angeles five years ago, transitioning from aspirations of a career in dance.
“The thing I loved most about dance and doing all these competitions was telling stories,” says Richardson. “Emoting, and taking the lyrics of a song and turning it into some sort of art that hopefully affects people, that’s what acting is, just not physically – it’s more of an intimate thing.”
Now 21, after dancing competitively for ten years in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, Richardson met her first best friend in Los Angeles, Emily, after partnering with her at a dance class.
She decided to pursue acting after realizing that the physical strain on the body would only give her a short career in professional dance. Watching the young stars on Disney Channel shows, and seeing the rise of Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games series (2012-2015), not only proved to Richardson that becoming an actress was possible, but it showed her that it could also be a fulfilling career. She moved to Los Angeles with no idea how to search for auditions or agents. Utilizing her competitive dance contacts, she spent her first year dancing in the background for TV shows and playing the love interest in music videos.
“It was doing the same thing over and over like a prop-kind of dance,” Richardson begins, while I slice a piece of the red velvet cheesecake. “It’s interesting because the thing that I can do as a career, that is also storytelling and emoting, like dance, is acting. The higher you go in acting, the more you get to dig deep in telling a story.”
Both of her roles in Split and The Edge of Seventeen challenged Richardson to translate true friendship on camera. Her deeply rooted respect for sisterhood is what breathes her characters to life. When she talks about her best friends from dance, she refers to them as her future bridesmaids. When she talks of her costars, she references the immediate sense of trust she felt, and how that allowed her to overcome the trials and tribulations her characters faced.
“In Split, me, Jess [Sula], and Anya [Taylor-Joy] had that trust between the three of us. We had to cry, we had to scream, we had to hit things in these uncomfortably-high stakes,” says Richardson. Conversely, “The Edge of Seventeen is such a perfect representation of what it means to have a girlfriend that’s a best friend. It’s so important because it is kind of like a sister. And having a group of girls is a sisterhood, only not in the sorority kind of way, but in the actual family kind of way.”
While many aspiring actresses change their style, their look, and their entire attitude to fit a generic Hollywood starlet mold, it’s refreshing to see Haley Lu Richardson making a name for herself by being unapologetically her: laughing loudly and stuffing her face with cake.
In case you missed it, i have updated the gallery with 5 new portraits of Haley Lu at the Sundance Film Festival
“Goofy” seems like such an old-fashioned word, but after a 30-minute conversation with Haley Lu Richardson, we felt it was the most apropos adjective to describe the 21-year-old—that and “delightfully, disarmingly unaffected.” This is one young
actress who is not “cool,” and she’s not even pretending otherwise. Case in point: Within 30 seconds of our getting Richardson on the phone, she’s laughing as she tells the story of her ill-fated tenure on the high-school track team. “It was my first race at my first meet,” she recalls. “I looked behind me to see if anyone was catching up to me…and then I just dove into the ground and did like five somersaults. I finished rolling a few inches from the finish line. I sat there criss-cross apple sauce as all these people ran by me.”
Richardson, an Arizona native, has lived in Los Angeles since she was 16, wedging her foot in the door with momentum-building-type roles such as a lead part on the short-lived TV show Ravenswood, a critically acclaimed turn in indie film The Bronze and most recently as Hailee Steinfeld’s BFF in the buzzy The Edge of Seventeen.
“Slow and steady wins the race,” she says of her career thus far. “I see people who work really hard and don’t get a break until they’re 50, and then I see people who book the first thing they audition for and then get really busy and overworked and burned out.”
Next stop on that path? A lead role in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, Split, out now. “I thought you were supposed to call him ‘M. Night,’ so in all my emails to him and on the phone before we met I was calling him that,” says Richardson of working with the director best known for The Sixth Sense…who goes by “Night.” “I was an idiot.”
In the film, Richardson plays a woman abducted by a man with dissoci-ative identity disorder. If this sounds a bit like 2015’s Oscar-nominated Room…. “It’s very different,” protests Richardson, unfortunately hamstrung by not wanting to give away the twist. “It’s really cool and creepy.”
When she’s not on-set, Richardson says she can be found “eating and crocheting”—usually at the same time. “Right after a meal I’m full, and then I burp and it kind of releases and I’m hungry again,” she says. “And I crochet pretty much all the time too. I always bring my yarn on-set.” (In fact, she stocks an Etsy store, called Hooked by Haley Lu, with her handicrafts.)
If you’re wondering about the “Lu” in her name, so is she. “I honestly don’t know why, but my dad came up with it,” she says. Like Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas? “Exactly!” she says. “I kind of look like her because I’ve got one of those noses with a ball at the end. If they do a remake, I could definitely play her.”
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of Good Day L.A, Pix11 Morning News and Harry.