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Haley Lu Richardson discusses opening of ‘Columbus’

The award-winning movie “Columbus” opens Friday in Indiana. The film celebrates the architecture of the Indiana city.

One of the stars of the movie, Maley Lu Richardson, joined us in the studio Thursday to discuss the movie.

Starring John Cho and Richardson, ‘Columbus’ debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and has since won international awards. The film follows Jin (Cho) who finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings – caring for his ill father, a renowned architecture scholar. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library.

As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

The film opens Friday at the Keystone Art Cinema. Find information about screenings and more here.

Getting To Know “Columbus” Star Haley Lu Richardson

In the buzzy indie film Columbus, the city’s architecture plays a leading role. But we sat down with one of the film’s more personable stars, Haley Lu Richardson, to learn about the upcoming film. In her new feature, Richardson (best known for her roles in The Edge of Seventeen and the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split) plays a young woman torn between staying in small-town Indiana to care for her mother and leaving to pursue her own dreams of becoming an architect. We chatted about filming in Columbus, Kidscommons’s giant toilet, and Richardson’s Instagram fame. Keep your eye on her—she’s going places. And not just to Columbus.

You can catch Columbus at Indy’s Keystone Art Cinema September 1–7. Q&A sessions with director Kogonada and leading actor John Cho will follow the 4:10 and 6:55 screenings on Saturday, September 2, and the 1:15 and 4:10 screenings on Sunday, September 3. The film also plays at Yes Cinema and Café in Columbus from September 1–14.


Breaking Big: Haley Lu Richardson heads from The Edge of Seventeen to Columbus

The 22-year-old actress gives a powerful, star-making performance as a small-town teen dreaming of bigger things

When first-time director Kogonada asked Haley Lu Richardson to star in Columbus, she had one big question: “Why me?”

“It turns out his wife had seen me in an episode of Law & Order,” Richardson says, laughing. “So I’m really grateful I did Law & Order!”

The 22-year-old actress made waves as Hailee Steinfeld’s longtime best friend in The Edge of Seventeen and as a teenage girl facing off against James McAvoy’s kidnapper in Split, but with Kogonada’s indie drama, she steps into the spotlight with her first major lead performance. And what a performance: Richardson stars as Casey, a recent high school grad in Columbus, Indiana — a real-life Midwestern mecca for modernist architecture. Casey’s developed her own love of architecture, but she can’t bring herself to pursue her dreams and abandon her addict mother, even at the urging of her new friend, the similarly lost Jin (John Cho). It’s a powerful, honest portrayal of the uncertainty that comes with being a young adult, and it’s that uncertainty that Richardson immediately identified with.

“I make dumb jokes and run around screaming, and Casey’s much more still and thoughtful,” Richardson says. “But I connected to that whole idea of where I am in life and trying to figure out what’s next.”

Columbus is the first film from Kogonada, who’s best known for his clever, inventive video essays about filmmaking, and his debut feature is a quiet, meditative look at how art can affect our lives — bolstered by thoughtful, often wordless performances by Cho and Richardson.

“We didn’t do much rehearsal,” Richardson says. “Actually, we didn’t do any rehearsal. I think we read through the script once — me, Kogonada, and John. But other than that, any time we met to rehearse, it wasn’t an actual rehearsal. It was just sitting there, figuring out who Casey was and what was going on beneath the surface in all of these scenes. We talked about the dynamic of her and her mom. Everything she does and everything that holds her back and everything that has forced her to grow up so quickly is because of that relationship with her mom and her childhood. That relationship kind of shapes who she is.”

The film also operates as a love letter of sorts to Columbus itself, as Casey shows Jin around her hometown and introduces him to some of her favorite buildings by architecture legends like Eero Saarinen or I.M. Pei.

“When you’re in Columbus, and you see that architecture, I don’t know how you couldn’t appreciate it and want to know about it,” she says. “You drive from Indianapolis to Columbus, and you go through all these cornfields and all this open farmland to then get to the middle of nowhere, where there’s this little pocket of modern architecture. And it’s just kind of nuts. It’s just so special that it’s so unexpected, but there’s so much history there.”

Richardson started her performing career in dance, not acting, but at the age of 16, after starting her junior year in high school, she put together a presentation trying to convince her parents to let her move from Arizona to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. “Luckily, my parents are kind of kooky and understood that and took that chance,” she says. Since then, she’s done comedy, twisty thrillers, and now, a moving indie drama. Up next, she’ll star as flapper icon Louise Brooks in the period drama The Chaperone.

“Every character I get into, I get to learn about a new place, a new person, a new life situation,” she says. “I feel like it makes me more empathetic, just as a human.”


Columbus – Official Trailer

A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.

Directed by Kogonada
Starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, Rory Culkin

Haley Lu Richardson on why ‘Columbus’ is her most fulfilling film yet

V sat down with the actor at the Sundance Film Festival where the new film was met with critical praise.

Although 22-year-old Haley Lu Richardson recently starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s trippy hit thriller Split, and The Edge of Seventeen, she’s more eager to see how fans will respond to her upcoming role in the indie flick Columbus. The first feature-length film by Korean director Kogonada (the auteur’s chosen nom d’artiste) has a quiet, Before Sunrise-esque plot: Richardson plays a recent high school grad named Casey who befriends Jin (played by John Cho), a visitor to Casey’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana. In real life, the city has a massive amount of modernist architecture and public art, setting a gorgeous backdrop for the characters’ heavy conversations.

Columbus is, according to Richardson, “the most fulfilling role I’ve ever done.” She also notes that she was initially pretty freaked out about taking it on. “There’s no intense explosion or special effects, just talking. You have nowhere to hide…you’re fully exposed to yourself as that character.” That Richardson had to be so emotionally raw for her role left her wondering “why they didn’t hire Dakota Fanning.” She adds, “It’s super refreshing to sit down and read a pure story of two people just going through life.”

Following her role in Columbus, Richardson hopes to have a career like fellow actors Shailene Woodley and Emma Watson: “Those are girls that kind of look like me and have had similar experiences, but they’re bad ass human beings and inspire me.”

In her downtime, Richardson enjoys crocheting. She even has her own Etsy shop, Hooked By Haley Lu, which sells fringed bikini tops and off-the-shoulder minidresses fit for Coachella. “I should set up a booth. I’ll get my friends to model,” she jokes. As for her own style, it’s still evolving: “It’s a little all over the place, kind of like my personality.”


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