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Haley Lu Richardson takes down Nazis in ‘Operation Finale’(NYPost)

Growing up in Arizona, Haley Lu Richardson never had much interaction with Israel’s Mossad, or infamous Nazis for that matter.

Yet her new — and best — role yet is one she was born to play.

In “Operation Finale,” out Wednesday, Richardson plays Sylvia Hermann, a real life 16-year-old girl who, through her relationship with Klaus Eichmann, the son of Adolf Eichmann, helped Israeli agents capture one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, who was living comfortably in Buenos Aires in 1960.

In 1956, Hermann unknowingly befriended Eichmann’s son Klaus in Buenos Aires, where their family was hidings. With the help of her father, a blind half-Jewish German who had been imprisoned in a concentration camp, she came to realize Adolf’s true identity. Using Sylvia’s physical description of Adolf, her father sent the information to Israeli agents, leading to the war criminal’s prosecution and subsequent death by hanging.

“I was super excited to have gotten to be a part of a historically accurate, true story that was so important,” Richardson said. “Since there wasn’t so much about her, I tried to put myself in her shoes,” Richardson, 23, told The Post during a photo shoot at Essex House. “She finds out she’s in love with the son of one of the most evil people in the world who’s doing all these terrible things.”

In real life, Sylvia used her closeness to Eichmann family to help the Israelis confirm Eichmann’s identity.

“She was so brave,” the actress said.

And so was Richardson.

At age 16, she packed her bags and moved from Phoenix to Los Angeles — by herself. “I was watching the Disney Channel, watching these kids my age, and I thought, ‘I could do that,’ ” Richardson said.

Despite only having community theater under her belt, her parents — her mother is a graphic designer; her father, an architect — supported their daughter as she chased her dreams.

It paid off. In the film, she stars alongside Hollywood heavyweight Ben Kingsley, who plays Eichmann.

“Everything was falling apart in her life and she still had the strength to do something for the greater good,” Richardson added.

Meanwhile, Richardson’s personal life is a bit more stable than the character she plays. In March, she became engaged to actor Brett Dier, who plays Michael on the TV series “Jane the Virgin.”

She also came up with her own Hollywood philosophy: “When things aren’t going well, I have to remember the good things that are going well, and I have to remember I worked hard to get there.

SOURCE THE NYPOST

“Columbus” UK Release Date + Total Film Scan

Great News! Columbus, film directed by Kogonada and starring John Cho & Haley Lu Richardson will be released in the UK on October 5, 2018! 1 scan from the magazine TOTAL FILM (September Issue) has been added to the gallery and you can read the transcript of the interview below:

How did you get the part?
I got a script and an offer. It was a big deal. I was like, “Why are they offering it to me? How do they know about me?” I just loved the story and thought, “Whoever wrote this is a genius.” The simplicity and the subtlety was in the script. It was so ordinary and so magical at the same time.

Did you know about architecture before the film?
No, but my dad is a golf-course architect and my mom’s a graphic designer, so my parents ingrained in my head, subconsciously, the value of presentation.

Is Casey basically you? It’s such a natural performance…
I’m 23 and not the wisest in how to act, so every character I’ve played I’ve had to find how I relate, or else I’m putting on a shtick. In Columbus, It was the relationship with her mom. I mean, my mom is not a former drug addict but I’ve always felt this best friendship with her. But Casey isn’t me – I’m a very loud person and a move-my-hands-when-i-talk kinda gal, so it really excited me to do a movie and a character with a tone that’s so still.

GALLERY LINKS
Press > 2018 > Total Film (September 2018)
Films > Columbus (2017) > Posters, Stills, On-Set pictures, HD Screencaptures

Seventeen Mexico – Scans

Haley Lu is featured inside the latest issue of Seventeen Mexico with a brand new photoshoot and interview! She looks stunning. Check it out below:

GALLERY LINKS
Press > 2018 > Seventeen Mexico (February)
Photoshoots > 2018 > Session #001

In The Bustle Booth With Haley Lu Richardson

When celebrities come into Bustle HQ in New York, whether it’s for a photoshoot, videoshoot, or a Facebook Live, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, Columbus’ Haley Lu Richardson is leaving her mark in the Bustle Booth.

Haley Lu Richardson is quickly becoming one of the most versatile young actors in Hollywood. In the past year, she’s had supporting roles in two major films, as a teen in love in the critically acclaimed The Edge of Seventeen and as a horrified kidnap victim in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. It’s a pretty impressive resumé for any actor, let alone one who burst onto the scene just four years ago with a starring role in the Freeform show Ravenswood. Now, Richardson is taking the leap into leading roles with Columbus, a moving drama in theaters now.

In Columbus, Richardson plays Casey, a recent high school graduate stuck in her hometown who is inspired to share her passion for architecture when she meets Jin (John Cho), the son of a famous architecture professor. The film, currently enjoying a limited release, has clearly stuck with the actor. During her Bustle visit, she drew Columbus’ First Christian Church and North Christian Church, both designed by Eliel Saarinen and favorites of Casey. She also still has Columbus, IN, as a weather location in her phone. Aside from her commitment to her work, Richardson revealed her love of John Lennon and more during her stop in the Bustle Booth.

SOURCE BUSTLE.COM

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, with Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann.

Haley Lu Richardson, one of the stars of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, has joined the mission of Operation Finale, MGM’s story of the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Oscar Isaac is leading the cast of the thriller, with Ben Kingsley playing Eichmann and Joe Alwyn playing Eichmann’s son.

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, which is said to echo thrillers such as Argo and Munich. Matthew Orton wrote the original screenplay.

Eichmann was considered one of the architects of the Holocaust and oversaw the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. After World War II, he fled to Argentina, where he lived in hiding. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, eventually discovered Eichmann’s whereabouts, and in a tense operation captured him and smuggled him out of the country.

Richardson will play Sylvia Herman, the sweet-faced girlfriend of Klaus Eichmann (Alwyn) who was fiercely in love and did not want to hear her father’s warning about him and his family. She eventually turns over Klaus and his family to Mossad intelligence.

Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent and Nick Kroll are also on the call sheet.

Production begins Oct. 1 in Argentina.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are producing the project along with Isaac and Inspire Entertainment’s Jason Spire.

Richardson, who also appeared in The Edge of Seventeen, can currently be seen in Columbus, the Sundance indie that also stars John Cho and is earning strong reviews. In the can is the period drama The Chaperone, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

She is repped by Gersh, Arts Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group.

SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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