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The Laterals: Interview Haley Lu Richardson

Blossoming into the filmography scene, the year 2014 has been a good year for the young Haley Lu Richardson. If you are an indie film fan, you would most probably recognize her as the selfless, badass Kendall from the American post-apocalyptic film, The Last Survivors. However, fighting greedy water baron is not the only thing Richardson is good at. The complete polar opposite, Richardson has also played the role of the sweet and innocent Leslie Mallard from the 2014 coming-of-age film, The Young Kieslowski.

This year, the 21-year-old Arizona native has managed to land herself in another leading role, working closely with Melissa Rauch and her husband Winston Rauch in their upcoming movie, The Bronze. Set in the small town in Ohio, Richardson plays Maggie Townsend, a sweet, ambitious gymnast who begins her training with the self-absorb, foul-mouthed former local bronze medallist Hope Annabelle Greggory (Rauch) after her coach dies. However, Hope’s motive for helping Maggie is extremely suspicious.

“The script was just so shocking but in the best way possible. Every scene I read, I was like, ‘wait, someone’s gonna actually let this be a movie… that people are gonna be allowed to view?’ I had never been a part of something that was so funny and pushed the line,” says Richardson on her first time reading the script. “I also love the dark yet almost sad quality of the story; and Hope’s character. Like, how in the end, you feel so bad for her to see how hard she’s trying. You just end up rooting for her.”

In addition to the comedy-drama film, Richardson is going to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming thriller, Split, which is also featuring James McAvoy and Betty Buckley.

What was it like moving to LA to pursue a career that many others dream of?
Well, I dreamt of it too, you know. And I still dream of it. I was 16 when I made the official move with my mom to Los Angeles. When we first moved we lived in the spare room of this sweet older woman’s house, which we had met through a friend of the family. I left my friends, my dance studio and the comfort of home; but I think it was my parents who sacrificed the most. It was definitely unconventional, yet taking risks and following that relentless voice in your head is the only way to really get you anywhere. And my parents are a billion percent supportive of that.

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